Archive for the ‘Purses’ Category

JLH marks 90th anniversary with Jazz Era soirée

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

February 6th, 2014

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


These were my picks:



Dior celebrates grand opening in Waikiki

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:

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

Girl's Night Out at Furla

January 17th, 2014

furla1Inside the redesigned Furla boutique at Royal Hawaiian Center.Nadine Kam photos

Furla hosted a Girl's Night Out event Jan. 16 to celebrate its redesign, at Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.

It was an opportunity to shop the Italian brand's colorful spring-summer 2014 collection, with 15 percent of the evening's sales donated to the Dream Foundation.

I was particular taken by the brand's bright Candy bags, made of a soft type of PVC, some more translucent than others, and some with more "grownup" leather and heavy metal details.

Furla, headquartered in Bologna, was created by the Furlanetto family more than 80 years ago and is one of the few Italian firms today that still maintains family ownership.

Furla's cheery Candy satchels in juicy, citrus colors. The Candy Bag is made of a soft type of PVC, both functional and fashionable. Here's a link to a video showing all the color permutations:

Furla's Candy mini bag is the perfect size for this pint-sized fashionista.

Furla bangles.


Furla Marketing and Communication Manager Susan Rutenberg, center, was in town from New York, with new store manager Gillis Asao, left, to celebrate the event with other staffers and fans of the brand.


Julie Aragaki shows one of Furla's fox fur purses from fall. She's with Mary Chang.

More colorful Divide-It totes.  

#MyKiplingBag Tour continues in Waikiki

December 19th, 2013


An 8-by-10 foot inflatable replica of Kipling's Defea bag marks the spot of #MyKiplingBag Tour.Nadine Kam photos

Kipling, a fast-growing global accessory brand, brought its #MyKiplingBag Tour to its second Hawaii store in the King Kalakaua Plaza, 2080 Kalakaua Ave., for three days of fun and celebration.

The event started yesterday and continues from 3 to 9 p.m. today and Dec. 20, with an interactive photo experience, free monogramming of purchased items, a sweepstakes, VMV Hypoallergenics Beauty Bar, and complimentary drinks offered from 5:30 p.m. daily.

The event is free. To RSVP, visit

Founded in 1987, the Belgian brand is known for injecting fun into its lightweight, contemporary handbags, accessories, and luggage for women of all ages, with the aim of creating the perfect accessories for an active life.

Hawaii got to know the brand through Macy's stores, and the company did so well that it was able to open its first Ala Moana Center store in May, followed by this Waikiki sibling, in the large space that was once home to Banana Republic.

In the spirit of travel and adventure, the brand is named after Rudyard Kipling, author of “The Jungle Book.” In homage to the story, Kipling chose the monkey as its mascot, and each of its bags is accompanied by a hanging monkey keyring. Check out their really cute video featuring their monkey troop:

Non-flash video

The company offers multiple ways to engage with the brand through social media, with opportunities to win merchandise through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

For instance:

Instagram your photo with #MyKiplingBag and follow @KiplingUSA to win weekly prizes and a grand prize of up to $1,000 in products from the Kipling Create Your Own Collection.

Fill in the blank: "The funniest thing in #MyKiplingBag is ____" at Instagram to win weekly prizes.

Name that monkey: The company names each of its monkeys, many bearing the name of its employees around the world. Trouble is, so many monkeys are sold, they are always looking for new names. If you've got one to share, tell them on Twitter @KiplingUSA #KiplingNameGame and you might be surprised one day to receive a Kipling accessory and Kipling Monkey with your own name on it!


Colors that make you smile, and a barrel of soft, furry monkeys too!


Stacy Roman, left, and Kathy Hines, right, vice president, marketing for Kipling were in from New York for the grand opening, with Cris Pageler, PR and social media manager.


From left, Jan Hail, Lance Rae and Joanne Magday posed for photos with Kipling bags. A prompter in front of them called for acting out various scenarios, ranging from yogaing to caffeinating to jetsetting.


Miss Hawaii USA 2014 Moani Hara and Jocelyn Fukuda also stepped in front of the camera. I don't know which word they're responding to.

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Celeb chef Lee Anne Wong provided the food for a private event before the public opening, including Korean-style sushi and dessert bruschetta topped with Greek yogurt and diced tropical fruit. She was helped by Jason Chow, left, and Andrea Onetti of Onda Pasta. She's getting ready to open Kevin Hanney's Koko Head Cafe in January.


Shoppers can get their purchase monogrammed with up to nine characters, with several choices of typefaces and colors.


Lindsey Muraoka, left, and Ritsuko Kukonu show their monogrammed Freedom cosmetic/pen cases. (more…)