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Burberry reveals store revamp

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July 18th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

The newly renovated Burberry store has reopened in its same location at Ala Moana Center's mall level. A front display featured this beautiful macramé trenchcoat.

Burberry Ala Moana marked the reopening of its renovated space with a blessing that took place July 14.

Shoppers walking into the store will see handbags in front, including Burberry's new Patchwork collection of runway bags, each named after a British street and crafted with different leathers, fabrics, color combinations and adornment, so no two are alike. They also offer the versatility of being worn as a shoulder bag, crossbody bag or carried as a clutch.

New to the boutique are the brand's new Patchwork runway bag, tapestries of texture, fabric and finishing details, no two alike, and with the versatility of being carried three ways.

Of course I fell in love with the more casual Burberry rucksack that became the "It" bag when it debuted on spring's runway as part of the part of the Functionregalia collection, and was promptly seen on Cara Delevingne, Taylor Swift and "Suicide Squad's" Margot Robbie.

Just like much of Burberry's designs—including the classic trench coat—the style hails from Burberry's early 1920s military archive and has been reworked as a functional, lightweight carryall in water-resistant nylon.

A lineup of Thomas bear charms in check cashmere, with Mr. Trench Thomas in Burberry's iconic gabardine trench design.

Meanwhile founder Thomas Burberry's original gabardine coat was designed to offer protection from London's rain, but was found to be perfect for soldiers in the trenches of World War I. The khaki color offered camouflauge, and the coats many details—firmly entrenched in our idea of the trench—have practical rationale behind them. These include epaulets once used for anchoring binoculars, breast flaps that offered padding against a rifle's recoil or kick back, D-rings to hold ammunition, storm flaps and cuff straps to prevent cold and rain from entering one's sleeve. Today, it's a strong fashion statement for men and women.

A video screen at the front of the store will keep local shoppers up to date with imagery and live events streamed directly from the brand’s global headquarters in London.

iPads used by store associates are also connected to Burberry.com for unlimited access to worldwide stock. To offer further ease in shopping, a collect-in-store service allows those shopping at the website to pick up their order in store as early as the next day.
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The store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Call (808) 951-6999. Or visit us.burberry.com.

The Burberry Scarf Bar features classic and lightweight cashmere scarf designs in more than 30 and prints available for monogramming up to three letters.

Burberry market manager Lorenzo Barbone and Ala Moana general manager Lori Chang untie the maile lei during a blessing of the newly renovated store at Ala Moana Center.

An array of eyewear to shield you from the summer sun.

Thomas bears find a home on Burberry's structured purses and popular rucksack, below.

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After the blessing, guests enjoyed small bites served up by Chai Chaowasaree, including this bite-sized turkey sandwich topped with quail egg.


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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Antique purses on view at SFO

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April 27th, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

These mesh purses are among the vintage and antique handbags on display in the "Essential Style: Vintage and Antique Purses" exhibition at San Francisco International Airport, courtesy of the SFO Museum.

Essential Style: Vintage and Antique Purses
On view at San Francisco International Airport through July 22, 2016

Waiting at airports can be a boring, mind-numbing experience, but at San Francisco International Airport, in-house SFO Museum exhibitions turn it into a culturally enriching one.

SFO Museum became the first cultural institution of its kind located in an international airport, in 1980. Displays are compact, varied and fun. Last time I passed through, there was an exhibition of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett's monster-themed guitars. There are 20 exhibitions throughout the airport at this time, but I happened to be passing through the international terminal en route to Dubai, and chanced on the "Essential Style: Vintage and Antique Purses" exhibition. I love purses so of course I was thrilled. Many of the pieces are credited to the Antique Purse Collectors Society.

According to exhibition materials, purses date to the medieval period, but I'm pretty sure they have been around as long as men and women had to carry talismans and other personal items. They didn't remain utilitarian objects long as humans have always wanted to put their personal stamp on items. Purses quickly evolved into a sophisticated decorative art and fashion accessory, and bags have always showed the creativity and skills of their makers, from metal and leatherwork to weaving, embroidery, and knitting. That's why I like them so much. They are a form of portable, everyday art.

Purses continue to fascinate and tempt us. I just read that a trio of Hermès Birkins topped $100,000 each in an April 18 and 19, $2.5+ million Heritage Spring Luxury auction in New York. A rare limited edition Matte So Black Nilo Crocodile Birkin topped the trio with a final price of $125,000, while an Extraordinary Collection Matte Black Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with 18k White Gold Hardware went for $118,750, and a Matte White Himalayan Nilo Crocodile Birkin Bag finished at $100,000.

Metal mesh purses were popular in the 1920s, and the Mandalian Manufacturing Co., created beautiful painted designs. In the early days of eBay, I searched for these and feel lucky to own purses identical to the two on the right. I just don't get to use them because they don't hold much. Even a driver's license is too long and wide to fit through the bottom.

Historically, men and women wore purses attached to their belts or fabric bands that hung from the waist. After pockets were introduced to male clothing at the end of the 16th century, men's use of bags declined. But women's styles became increasingly sophisticated. A number of workshops in 18th century France began producing exquisite beaded purses employing up to 1,000 beads per square inch.

The exhibition opened on Jan. 22 and is on view in the International Terminal, Departures Level 3 through July 22, 2016. View more at: http://www.flysfo.com/museum/exhibitions/essential-style-vintage-and-antique-purses#sthash.AzKCyebj.dpuf

I was also a collector of Lucite purses of the 1940s until I learned the hard way that some of caramel-colored acetate ones are now leaching chemicals. I worked so hard to attain a beehive bag and another made of this material, only to see them collapse, which is why the collectors were getting rid of them.

To showcase their needlework skills, 19th century women often crafted their own beaded and embroidered bags. This is one homemade example.

A few fun and highly impractical doggie-themed purses.

Long before raves, women had the dilemma of how to carry lipsticks and cigarettes. These dance purses from 1920s and '30s France comprise celluloid and silk cord. The lightweight purses were made to dangle from the wrist.

Because of the time and effort to string beads that when knitted, would create intricate designs, knitted, beaded scenic bags commanded a high price in the early 20th century.

More beaded designs.

Furla Fall-Winter 2016 at RHC

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April 20th, 2016



PHOTOS COURTESY FURLA

Furla's Valentina Camouflage handbag is among the brand's recently launched Fall/Winter 2016 designs.

Furla hosted an exclusive preview of its Fall-Winter 2016 handbag collection April 21 at its Royal Hawaiian Center store. In town for the special event was the company's CEO Scott Link, to share some of the new design directions.

The new Furla bags are influenced by music, from the rebellion of from rock to fun of pop, reflected through laser cuts, kaleidoscopic patterns, golden studs, and fringe, starting with leathers smooth, supple and soft to the touch.

Bags such as the Furla Valentina and Furla Club also make a statement about our times, where constant exposure to stimuli and other cultures are prompting artists to create new aesthetic harmonies.

Furla's Club Bag.

Furla's Metropolitan Bolero.

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Wirebag accessory or jewelry?

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March 22nd, 2016



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Sascha Koki shows Anteprima/Wirebag's new three-dimensional Year of the Monkey backpack, designed to hold on to the wearer and keep small belongings tucked into its tummy. This one is $779.

Anteprima/Wirebag will be launching part of its Spring/Summer 2016 collections tomorrow, with styles ranging from playful to luxe.

Among designs to be introduced is Anteprima's "999" collection of hand-knitted wirebags using a blend of 99.9 percent pure silver and the brand's signature wire yarn, with 18K rose gold plate logo rings. Prices of the silver bags range from $430 to $907.

On the more playful side are a duo of "Monkey"-shaped backpacks ($425 and $779), and the "Cactus" collection, a trio of crossbody, wristlet and handle bags in the shapes of barrel and seguaro cacti, and rectangle dotted with fluffy areoles and beaded bristles. Prices range from $276 to $648.

The new selections include about 22 designs exclusive to the Hawaii market.

Shoppers who purchase $480 or more from the boutique will receive an Anteprima X Hawaiian drip coffee gift, while supplies last.

Anteprima/Wirebag is in the Royal Hawaiian Center, Building B, ground level. Call 924-0808.

A smaller monkey ($425), in orogento color, holds on to a purse rack.

A jeweled floral key ring dangles from one of Anteprima's new wire glitter bags for the spring/summer season.

PHOTOS COURTESY ANTEPRIMA/WIREBAG

Anteprima's Latte Metallico Cactus bag, $648.

This handbag is from Anteprima's Glitter Miscuglio collection.

This handbag is from Anteprima's Glitter Miscuglio collection.

Louis Vuitton Ala Moana introduces 'Haute Maroquinerie'

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April 23rd, 2014



Ala MoanaThe newly renovated Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center made room for its Haute Maroquinerie bespoke handbags for those who want a hand in creating their own signature purse.David Franzen Photography

Louis Vuitton reopened its expanded Ala Moana Center store with an early morning blessing April 19, before the center opened.

The expansion allowed the arrival of LV's Haute Maroquinerie, with a special salon for afficionados of made-to-order leather goods, one of the few select LV boutiques offering the bespoke service worldwide.

The one-of-a-kind handbag personalization service offers clients the ability to select one of five shapes in two different sizes, with a palette of 26 colors in eight different types of leather, as well as hardware.

Ala MoanaThe store's new look.

lvdivaNadine Kam photos
This little pom, Diva, loves being toted around in LV.

lvpupDiva's human, Noelle Sasaki.

lv leathersThose seeking a personalized  'Haute Maroquinerie' handbag start by selecting one of five designs, available in two sizes, then has a choice of 26 colors and eight different styles of leather.

lvhardwareThen comes hardware selection.

The shapes available are:

>> Noé: Designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton in 1932 to carry champagne bottles.
>> Triangle: Created in 1934 to carry knit works.
>> Lock-it: A 1958 design that owes its name to the expression used when protecting ones’ precious belongings.
>> Milaris: One of two contemporary designs.
>> Neo Steamer: Trapeze-shaped original introduced in 2011.

Louis Vuitton's relationship with Hawaii dates back 32 years, when Ala Moana Center became home to its first freestanding store in Hawaii.

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas, noted, “Louis Vuitton has accompanied travelers to Hawaii since early 1880. Hawaii is one of our most vibrant markets with sophisticated global clients who appreciate the value of luxury.”

To commemorate the grand reopening, LV partnered with Hawaiian artist, dancer and cultural expert Sig Zane, to design artwork for the store’s vestibules. The hand-carved ilima design—honoring the history of the area—is accompanied by Zane's original Hawaiian chant, "Ka Lanakila Pio," expressing a love story between Louis Vuitton and Hawaii. The poem is written on kapa that resembles the Louis Vuitton damier pattern, with Hawaiian symbols of spear, pathway, waves and mountains.

In addition to women's leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, the expanded store carries a greater assortment of menwear and accessories.

For the opening, Louis Vuitton also created a limited edition Monogram Idylle pendant necklace, in 18k white gold necklace with sapphire pendant.

lvzaneFrom left, Brandy Serikaku, Kuhao Zane and Sig Zane in one of the vestibules bearing the artwork they created in collaboration with Paris artisans.

blessingThe store is blessed before employees and guests enter.

lvblessEmployees hands-on involvement with blessing the store.

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Part of the new menswear department.

lvfashThe reoriented staircase to the store's second floor. (more…)

JLH marks 90th anniversary with Jazz Era soirée

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April 16th, 2014



jlhholdFrom left, Kristina Belcourt, Bridgett Relphorde, who made her own cigarette holder from rolled cardboard that she blinged, and Michelle Richardson.Nadine Kam photos

Feathers, fringe, flappers and lace were in abundance and "Giggle juice" flowed at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel & Resort April 12, when the Junior League of Honolulu went back to its Jazz Era roots—founded in 1923—to mark its 90th anniversary with a luncheon/fashion show featuring garments from Tori Richard's Spring 2014 women's collection.

In addition to the fun, glitz and glamour of the 1920s "Great Gatsby"-themed celebration, there was also some serious work going on as the organization pledged to give $90,000 to Oahu nonprofits over the next three years through its 90th Anniversary Community Fund. $45,000 will be awarded this year. The balance of the fund will be distributed over the next two years. Members also recognized past recipients of its annual Laura N. Dowsett Award, and honored JLH's 2014 recipient Cheryl Hetherington.

The award is named after Laura Nott Dowsett, a founding member of JLH and its president from 1933 to 1934. Hetherington, a civic leader and longtime Junior League member, received the award that was created in 1982, to recognize a sustaining member who personifies the spirit of voluntarism, the value of specialized training, the effectiveness of advocacy and the qualities of leadership developed in the JLH.

CherylHetheringtonHetherington served as JLH president from 2002 to 2003 and has raised money for a number of nonprofits including Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of O‘ahu (25th Anniversary), Honolulu Academy of Art (Kama‘aina Christmas), The Contemporary Museum (ConTempo) and JLH. Before dedicating her skills to community service, Hetherington practiced law as a solo practitioner from 1979 to 1994, taking on many pro bono cases in Family Court. A member of the Hawaii Bar Association, she served for five years with the Hearings Committee of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Hawaii.

In recognition of the group's annual "Sacs in the City" fundraiser, more than 10 high-end handbags were auctioned to help support JLH's community programs.

jlhfashThe event was also highlighted by an informal fashion show featuring the Tori Richard Spring 2014 women's collection.

jlhFrom left, Becky Harrison, JLH president-elect Penelope Paik Thune and Ina Chang.

jlhpinstripeFrom left, JJ Dentel, Jeri Duncan in mobster pinstripes, and Tiffany Sterbin.

jlhjenJennifer and Justin Dotson.

jlh2Jessica Yamauchi, left, and JLH president Deborah Zysman.

jlh20sA photographic display dating from the 1920s to the present, played tribute to the Junior League founders and early members. Today, we tend to have a costumey view of 1920s fashion, but this is more typical summer dress.

jlhjJanice Choate-Zavakos looks her 1920s best in white and lace down to her stockings.

laceI did white lace as well, snapping a selfie outside my house, with Lynn Murray Sien's "Naked Pearl" rope necklace and Whiting & Davis mesh purse. I have at least three 1920s Mandalian mesh-and-enamel purses that I used to use, but today, they're too small to fit such 21st century necessities as phone and car keys. (more…)

'Wish to win' pieces from Kipling's spring 2014 collection

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February 6th, 2014



Kipling USA is giving fans the opportunity to "Wish to Win" some of its latest spring styles at Kipling-USA.com. Follow the instructions, create a wish list, pick four of your favorite styles, and keep wishing:

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These were my picks:

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Dior celebrates grand opening in Waikiki

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February 4th, 2014



diornewDesigns from Dior's Cruise 2014 collection were on view during the opening of the house's new Waikiki boutique.Nadine Kam photos

Christian Dior Couture hosted a party to celebrate the grand opening of the new Dior boutique at T Galleria by DFS on Jan. 30.

The store design reflects Dior’s flagship boutique on 30 avenue Montaigne in Paris, where house founder Dior first showed his revelatory "New Look" couture collections in 1947.

Guests sipped champagne and enjoyed pupu from chef Chai Chaowasaree while eying Dior’s Cruise 2014 collection, which debuted in Monte Carlo at the invitation of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

I arrived at the store late, after all the guests, save for Crystal Pancipanci whose car was lost, had left. Seeing some of the accessories and artwork on display brought back memories of being able to see the fabulous "Esprit Dior" show at the MoCa Shanghai last fall, showing the lineage and evolution of the brand over 60 years.

Here's my post from the exhibition: http://fashiontribe.staradvertiserblogs.com/2013/09/28/moca-shanghai-celebrates-esprit-dior/

Men will get equal time later this spring, when a Dior Homme boutique is also set to open in Waikiki.
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The Dior boutique is at 2200 Kalakaua Ave.

diorfashDior's Cruise 2014 collection, designed by Raf Simons was inspired by the waters of the Mediterannean, a playy of transparency, layers and the notion of energy. It also marked the minimalist designer's first-time foray into incorporating lace.

diorbagsWall of handbags.

diorshoe2Pointed sandal in black-and-white snakeskin.

diorshoe Spray-painted rounded pump.

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