Stüssy opens at Royal Hawaiian Center

Nadine Kam : April 11, 2018 2:42 pm : Shop+Style

Stüssy has opened its fifth United States chapter store in partnership with Stussy Honolulu’s James Kodama.

The store opened its doors with a blessing April 10 that included media and brand loyalists from the mainland, as well as locals who drove in from Kailua, where Stüssy is already part of the Kodama’s Island Snow landscape. They wanted to see the capsule collection of store exclusives that include a range of Stüssy Honolulu apparel and caps, plus a vintage-look aloha shirt inspired by a Hoffman Fabric design. Hoffman was started by Rube Hoffman and continues to be run by his sons, including old-time big wave surfer Walter Hoffman.

Celebrating the Stüssy grand opening at Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center were president and CEO David Sinatra, left, and his Stüssy Hawaii partners Brockton and James Kodama. David and James are in Stüssy’s Honolulu exclusive vintage-look shirt created for the new store.\

In town for the event was Stüssy president and CEO David Sinatra, whose father Frank Sinatra Jr. (no relation to the singer) partnered with friend and Stüssy founder, skateboard manufacturer Shawn Stussy, to start selling apparel in 1984. Stussy sold his stake in the company to Sinatra in 1996.

Kodama, founder of Island Snow, said Stüssy, founded by skateboard manufacturer Shawn Stussy in the early 1980s, has been his most popular vendor for two decades, so when the company wanted to expand, it was a no-brainer to partner up.

Patrick Matias, in town from California, said that as a bodyboarder, he grew up with Stüssy that was part of the skate/urban/surf culture surrounding him.

Austin Schulte, a surfer from Kailua, said he’s always been a fan of the surf/street brand.

The Stüssy Honolulu Chapter Store is in the Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave. Building B Unit 110D. Call 808.744.3880.

By Nadine Kam
At top of page, courtesy Stüssy

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London’s Sweaty Betty at Nordstrom

Nadine Kam : April 10, 2018 12:03 am : Lifestyle, Shop+Style

Since leaving the office behind, I’ve been spending more time in Kpop dance and ballet classes. I have less use for $300 separates and $600 dresses and most of my recent shopping expeditions has been for workout apparel at Ross, T.J. Maxx and Lily Lotus.

Now from Nordstrom comes word of the launch of Sweaty Betty, London’s effortlessly cool activewear brand, best known for its bum-sculpting leggings. Prices range from from $8 for a Spiral Hair Toggle to $175 for the Celestial All-in-One Jumpsuit.

Sweaty Betty Home Straight Run Vest ($75) and Zero Gravity Run Leggings ($115).

With its studio-to-street designs and “gym-to-gin” mentality, Sweaty Betty is on a mission to empower women through fitness and I’m a strong believer in this philosophy.

I have been stubbornly lax on fitness through the years, but the older I get, the more I realize I do need to move to stay strong. I dislike exercise but I love the concentration needed for dance. While moving, I am also giving my brain a workout. Because I never danced in childhood, I lack any kind of muscle memory for the moves and it forces me to make new neural connections. I love it!


Courtesy Sweaty Betty
At top, Infinity workout bra ($65) and Power leggings ($135), and Free Dive Swimsuit ($125).

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Eat, drink, play PAC-Man

Nadine Kam : March 24, 2018 12:13 am : Eat+Drink, Shop+Style

Fans of PAC-Man will find fun and games plus grinds at the PAC-Store Hawaii X Bread & Butter collaboration event going on at the restaurant through May 31.

The collaboration grew out of a pop-up store that opened in Ginza in 2017 to carry PAC-Man brand accessories and apparel.

PAC-Store Hawaii, the first such store in the United States, has set up shop within the restaurant to feature a limited release of Hawaii-themed T-shirts, hoodies, tote bags, caps and small accessories.

During a grand opening party that took place March 20, crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2018 Julianne Chu showed off her PAC-Man skills.

The restaurant also created a menu of PAC-Man inspired dishes ranging from red velvet cake ($9.50) cut in the shape of a PAC-Man ghost to Ghost loco loco ($16.95) and PAC-Man pancake ($10.95).

Frozen drink options ($5 each) inspired by the ghosts come in Blue Hawaii (coconut), blueberry, strawberry and matcha flavors.

With every dish purchased, you’ll receive a token to play the arcade game set up within the restaurant.

Bread & Butter is at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Call 808.949.3430.

The Ghost loco moco is $16.95.

Totes range in price from $15 to $22.

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Louis Vuitton’s Hawaii moment

Nadine Kam : February 16, 2018 12:29 am : Shop+Style

Vuitton van

Louis Vuitton is celebrating the debut of its Men’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection in style.

Inspired by the idea of exotic islands and travel, true to spirit of the brand, a retro VW bus traveled from Miami to Los Angeles for pop-up events, and is now in Hawaii.

The van was designed to echo the tropical island theme of Kim Jones’ inspirations, and will be parked outside Louis Vuitton Ala Moana through Feb. 22, bringing the collection outside the store to introduce the new fashion season in a fun way.

Jones was vacationing in Hawaii two years ago and took inspiration from island colors and vintage Hawaiiana, including puka shell necklaces now rendered in resin in the shape of LV’s signature mon.

The pop-up carries a range of ready-to-wear menswear in colorful prints in lightweight fabric suitable for Hawaii, plus leather goods, accessories and shoes. There is also a selection of exclusive and limited-edition pieces such as an open-sided bomber jacket and reflective Hawaiian shirts.

The collection will be celebrated with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 and informal modeling from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Feb. 17.

After the display at Ala Moana Center, the vintage 1973 bus will hit the road, driven by Dale Ruff, regional vice-president for Louis Vuitton Hawaii, Inc., who joked, “Stay off the road,” noting that the buses were difficult to drive even when they were new!

The display has been catching the attention, not only of fashion enthusiasts, but VW enthusiasts, including one fellow who sneaked a peek under the bus because he had to take a look at the engine.

Courtesy Louis Vuitton

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T Galleria welcomes Year of the Dog

Nadine Kam : February 12, 2018 12:48 pm : Shop+Style

T Galleria by DFS is celebrating the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day with events, promotions, discounts and gifts with purchase through February.

The promotions

For starters, receive a complimentary gift ribbon and Valentine’s Day gift card with the purchase of valentine gifts from the food department through Feb. 14 or
while supplies last.

Also, those who spend $388 or more in a single transaction storewide between Feb. 15 and 22 can receive a gold cosmetic pouch with a choice of two charms, while supplies last. Present a single receipt at the gift redemption counter on the second floor at T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii, or DFS Hawaii, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Terms and conditions apply. See store for details.

Beauty and fragrance junkies who buy any two full-price beauty/fragrance items for $100 or more, will save 20 percent off on a third item. Brand exclusions apply. Terms and conditions apply. See store for details.

In addition, La Mer will present a make-up demonstration to celebrate the launch of the Skincolor de La Mer collection. La Mer Global Makeup Artist Ambassador Patrick Ta will be there to answer your questions about the collection. At the second-floor La Mer counter, 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18.

Lunar New Year

Start the Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog, by joining in a virtual reality game on your smartphone for a chance to win prizes and special offers by collecting stamps through Feb 28, 2018. Must be 18 years or older to play. Offer limited to one per customer.

A Chinese Lion Dance performance will greet the new year at the Kalakaua Avenue entrance to T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii at 6 p.m. Feb. 16.

Receive a Lunar New Year good fortune written by a Chinese calligrapher, available with any purchase, between 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 17 to 21. Third floor.

Meet the Chinese God of Prosperity and receive a lucky red envelope that may contain a special gift, between 7 and 9 p.m. Feb. 17 to 21 on the ground floor.

Enter to win a $100 DFS Gift Certificate and other prizes nightly. Drawings will take place at 9:30 p.m. Feb. 17 to 22 near the third-floor Loewe boutique.

In honor of the Year of the Dog, take home a Made in Hawaii ALOHA Doggie Biscuit as a treat for your dog when you make a donation to the Hawaiian Humane Society, from Feb. 15 5o 22, on the second floor. While supplies last.

Courtesy T Galleria by DFS
Lions by Nadine Kam

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