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A peek inside Saks Waikiki

August 22nd, 2016


Saks Fifth Avenue International Market Place vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer led media in a walk-through of the new store today, in advance of opening day Aug. 25.

During a media tour Aug. 22, Saks Fifth Avenue Waikiki's local born and raised vice president and general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer had the audience of writers, editors and photographers at hello.

That is, until the group reached the third floor, when instead of zigging to the left at the top of the escalators, there was a mad zag to the right, toward the women's shoe department. It took a while to restore order and corral the shoe fans into rejoining the group in the men's department.

There's good reason for their excitement. It's been three years since we first learned that Saks Fifth Avenue would open its first full-service, luxury retail store in Hawaii at the redeveloped International Market Place. Construction on the new complex began in March 2014, so it's been a long wait.

The shoe department was to be our last stop in a tour that took us from beauty and handbags on the first floor; to women's contemporary, designer and intimate apparel on the second floor; to our final destination at the shoe department, with a look at the Fifth Avenue Club and International Lounge, with space for personal shopping experiences and a treatment room for tailored facials.

Suede, enbellished and lace-up footwear are coming on strong for fall and offered in abundance at the new Saks Fifth Avenue shoe department. below.

saks shoe dept

I was in the store Aug. 15 while boxes were still being opened, and mannequins stood naked. What a difference a week makes now that everything is in its place. The store will open to the public following a blessing at 9:15 a.m. Aug. 25.

The festive occasion will be marked by Cirque Soleil-style performers on the first floor coinciding with Saks’ Cirque de Beauté, a circus of beauty offerings and exclusive product previews, including the introduction of Alexander McQueen's McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum, available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue Hawaii ahead of their official launch Sept. 1.

Emma Hepburn Ferrer, granddaughter of fashion icon Audrey Hepburn, will make a special appearance on behalf of DECORTÉ, a Japanese luxury beauty brand that will be exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue. Also exclusive to the store in Hawaii is the beauty brand by Terry, founded by Terry De Gunzberg, noted for introducing the click pen to beauty by creating the popular highlighter Touché Eclat for YSL.

As the anchor tenant of the newly reimagined International Market Place, Saks Fifth Avenue will offer the Hawaiian community its iconic and curated designer assortment, best in class service, and unparalleled experiential offerings, including its Fifth Avenue Club.

Here's a peek at what you'll find on opening day:

Beauty lovers will enjoy discovering fall's beauty trends and new products during Cirque de Beaute going on in Cosmetics, first floor.

Shop exclusive brands such as the Asian skin care and beauty line DECORTÉ, and fragrances from Killian and Alexander McQueen, including the latter's new McQueen Parfum and McQueen Eau de Parfum inspired by the mystery and passion of night flowers, with notes of sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang.

Issey Miyake's Bao Bao bag is another Saks exclusive in Hawaii. "Bao Bao" translates as "baby, precious, treasure."

A lineup of Loewe coin purses.

I like quirky and handbags don't get much quirkier than this furry Loeffler Randall.

Inside the men's department.

A few shoe hoarders in the crowd understood the feeling.

A glass waterall pays homage to the area's history as the one-time home of Queen Emma. In this alcove beneath the escalators are a quartet of mannequins dressed in Roberto Cavalli.

On the second floor are a range of styles for those who like to keep things casual, to those who like to have fun with fashion.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her food coverage in print in Wednesday's Crave section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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.

Wam! Boom! UGG!

January 10th, 2014

Love the boot but my friends say they won't hang out with me if I wear the mask out!

If you have kids (or small feet!) you might want to check out this cute idea from UGG Australia.

At the Hyatt Regency Waikiki store, they have these Superhero, or Classic Short Comic boots, in two color ways—Ink Blot and Princess Pink— that read "Wam!" "Boom!" and "UGG!" The boots come with a matching mask for those "Kick-Ass" moments!

It's about $120, and unfortunately for the many grownups who want a pair, only go up to a children's size 4.

Flag-J marks 1st year in Hawaii with Taboo launch

December 31st, 2013

Taboo grants an interview to Reiko Tokushige Rogers during Elements at The Modern Honolulu.Nadine Kam photos

Japanese-based women’s shoe boutique Flag-J celebrated its first anniversary in Hawaii during Elements at The Modern Honolulu on Dec. 27, with celeb appearances by DJ/rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas, Hype 5-0, and Tiara and Tamara Rapp of 8 Flavahz.

The event also marked the launch of Jump, a new collaboration shoe line by Taboo. During media interviews at the event, he said of his partnership with the brand, "I love Japanese culture and fashion and I'm inspired by all the designers in Japan. I can't wait to get back there."

Guests who arrived early were welcome to shop the brand, as well as other popup vendors such as Allison Izu Denim, Summer Style, Flutter Lashes and Koi Boutique.

I was ending my second day of a five-day juice cleanse so wasn't up to staying out very long.

Taboo urges photographers to keep their eyes on his Jump shoes. (more…)

Sanuk opens first brand store at the Hyatt

December 17th, 2013


Sanuk aims to put the fun in footwear, with the slogan "Smile ... pass it on!"Nadine Kam photos

Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley was in town to mark the grand opening of the brand's third company-owned store, and first in Hawaii, in less than one year.

The event took place Dec. 11 at the store in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, where there was a blessing by Blaine Kamalani Kia, performance by long-time Sanuk ambassador/surfer/musician Donavon Frankenreiter, and beach party fare of hot dogs with all the necessary condiments, and fancy s'mores on a stick.

Sanuk is now a division of Deckers Outdoor Corp., but Kelly told me the whole story of how he simply started creating funny footwear for himself in his back-yard shed because that's what he wanted to wear and there was nothing like it on the market at the time, in the late 1990s.


Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley with a display of men's designs.

He dubbed his first creation, with a bed of indoor/outdoor carpeting the "Fur Real," (like AstroTurf) inspired by a trailer trash moment in fashion, and he dubbed his fledgling company Sanuk, which means "fun" in the Thai language, and his aim was to create "funk-tional" sandals for fellow outdoor buffs.

"I knew all the surf shop owners, but the funny thing was they did better with luxury retailers like Louis Boston, Fred Segal and Barney's." His high-end contacts came through attending the Magic Trade Show.

Even so, he said business was slow until he created his signature slip-on Sidewalk Surfer, by putting a shoe top made of poncho fabric on a sandal footbed. He also became the first to create a sandal with a cushy yoga mat footbed in 2006. It's now one of the top sellers among women.

"The cushion's different," he said. "It works like a Temperpedic mattress, molding itself to the shape of your foot."

In the spirit of fun, the shop was giving away stickers, and Frankenreiter-inspired moustaches, which will be perfect for wearing to the opening of "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," tomorrow!


Shoppers on opening day received extras like this Donavon Frankenreiter-inspired 'stache.


The popular yoga-mat sandals is available in many more colorways.

sanuk music

Donavon Frankenreiter, right, arrived straight from the plane from South America, where he performed in Peru with Incubus, and in Chile with Jason Mraz. (more…)

UGG Australia expands its footprint at the Hyatt

October 15th, 2013


UGG Australia now has double the space in the Hyatt Regency Waikiki to showcase its sheepskin and shearling boots, accessories, loungewear and housewares.Nadine Kam photos

UGG Australia hosted a preview of its new store expansion at Hyatt Regency Waikiki this morning, in advance of its public reopening celebration at 6 p.m. Oct. 24.

The event on the 24th will feature a store blessing, live music and refreshments, plus complimentary on-site Swarovski customization offered with the purchase of any classic UGG during the event. Shoppers will be able to choose a heart, peace sign or star design to embellish their new boots.

The expansion adds 1,938 square feet to the boutique's exisitng store, doubling its size to 3,778 square feet, with room for expanded collections of men's, women's and children's footwear, as well as the brand's handbags, loungewear and UGG HOME collection of knit pillows and sheepskin rugs and throws.
UGG Australia – Honolulu is at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Call 926-7573.


Hiroko Iijima wore her own sequined summer UGGs to the preview event.

Tall boots in a range of materials, from leather to knits, are available for the fall season.


Free shave ice celebrates OluKai's newest collection

October 15th, 2013

OluKai Shave Ice Footwear Collection Photo-2

Free shave ice awaits those who check out OluKai's new Shave Ice Collection, in the colors of the rainbow.OluKai photo

OluKai is treating fans of their footwear to free shave ice in celebration of its new Shave Ice Footwear Collection, inspired by the fresh tropical colors of the favorite Hawaiian isle treat.

The collection includes such vibrant new additions for both men and women, in cool island colors such as "Punch," "Plum," "Tiger's Blood," "Mint," "Sour Tart," "Lemon," and more.

The events will take place as follows:

Oct. 16: At Island Sole Outrigger Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 104, 5 to 7 p.m.

Oct. 17: At Island Sole Ala Moana Center (street level near Food Court), 5 to 7 p.m.

Both events will offer free servings of shave ice while supplies last. While there, share your experiences via social media by using the handles, @olukai and @islandsole and the hashtag #treatyourself.

Island Slipper opens at Royal Hawaiian Center

May 10th, 2013

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Island Slipper owner John Carpenter is surrounded by some of his employees, next to Dorothy Kohashi in mu'umu'u. She is the daughter of Island Slipper founders Takizo and Misao Motonaga .

May 10 was a holiday for employees of Island Slipper, whose only obligation to the company that day was to show up in time for a bus ride to the grand opening of the company's new store at the Royal Hawaiian Center, before heading to lunch courtesy of boss John Carpenter, at Tsukiji Fish Market and Restaurant at Ala Moana Center.

The new store was designed in the nostalgic spirit of the beach homes that existed before the concrete and hotels that now line Waikiki. Located on the center's second floor, the shop's exterior stands out in its seafoam color, with warm wood interior.

Where most slipper shops are crammed into a small footprint, with wares simply lined wall to wall, Island Slipper has the luxury of 2,000 square feet, with lots of open space and retro displays paying homage to the company's 67-year history.

"We had to bring our game up because Waikiki is a different market," Carpenter said, adding, "Our desire was to create a fun place to shop where our customers feel at home."

Showcased are Island Slipper's signature floral-designed footwear, as well as women's designs incorporating beads, raffia and pyramid studs, and men's designs in leather and suede.

I was a little late to the opening, and walked in to find a surprise waiting for me. In 2011, I'd attended the grand reopening of Island Slipper's Ward Warehouse store and was impressed enough to write a feature story about the company. I happen to have Cinderella size feet, so the slippers didn't fit me. So I suggested to John that he add children's styles so I might be able to fit. He explained it wasn't that simple, so I figured the time wasn't right.

Children's slippers have yet to materialize, but in the meantime, he searched the globe for a smaller women's last and created a prototype size 4 for li'l ole me me, and, it fit! Oh happy day, it is so hard to find size 4s, much less my actual size, a 3! So I will be wearing my new white floral slippers around, and definitely will be kicking around New York streets in my Island Slippers in a few weeks!

Island Slipper stores are at Ward Warehouse (593-8229) and Royal Hawaiian Center Buiding A, Level 2 (923-2222).

isextThe exterior of Island Slipper recreates the ambience of a beach house.

ispuneeA pune'e adds to the beach house feel.

isvintageVintage Island Slippers on display.

iscollabsFeatured from left are recent collaboration designs created for J. Crew,  Japan fashion designer Tsumori Chisato, and Barney's New York.

isstylAdditional accessories capture Island Slippers island style.

isslippahOne of many posters inviting shoppers to consider their sense of island lifestyle.

ishoneyThe Male'ana collection of honeymooner slippers, with examples above and below, allow couples to match without being matchy-matchy.


is1As company owner, John Carpenter can do what he wants and created the only existing pair of studded white "Elvis" slippers just for himself. (more…)

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