Fresh Picks: 7 Local Boutiques You Must Visit This Month
The season change from chilly winter to bright, cheery spring inspires a style refresh—perfect timing, since a new crop of O‘ahu boutiques recently popped up. Here are a handful of our favorites, plus a few uprooted shops that are thriving in their new plots.
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Curiouser and Curiouser
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Let’s be honest, in the past, going to Hound and Quail was a mix of sweet and sour. On one hand, combing through all of its peculiar and extraordinary curiosities was like embarking on a treasure hunt, with taxidermy heads, antique typewriters and rare books, all museum-worthy loot. The downer? Its tight, 400-square-foot studio space on Kapi‘olani Boulevard was barely larger than a walk-in closet, which meant you had to leave your friends at home. Fortunately, the boutique’s new Chinatown location is spacious enough to comfortably fit claustrophobes and collectors alike, with room to spare.
Now in a large space adjacent to Honolulu Harbor, Hound and Quail is still reliable for quirky oddities and one-of-a-kinders—and now there’s more to love. The drama of high ceilings and a 14-foot-tall bookshelf housing a number of cool eccentricities surprise passersby, drawing them in. And the shop’s open layout allowed owners Mark Pei and Travis Flazer to create mini vignettes with similar objects, making it easier for shoppers to navigate. There’s even room to showcase larger pieces of mid-century furniture, which gives the shop a stylish living-room aesthetic. “We tried to create a space unlike a normal retail shop,” says Pei.
There’s more to explore downstairs in the basement gallery, which features the works of local artists. “We look forward to hosting wine tastings, performances, sketch classes and anything else we can come up with,” says Flazer.
Hound and Quail, 920 Maunakea St., 779-8436
Lines In the Sand
1. JADEtribe bag, $183. 2. Artesano handmade hat, $210. 3. Acacia girls’ bikini top, $80, bikini bottom, $78.
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H&M and Urban Outfitters may be the bait luring locals into Waikīkī as of late, but the real prize at the end of the line is the handful of small local boutiques that’s popped up in the last few years. The most recent addition is Pink Sand, a little oasis of locally designed finds in the heart of Waikīkī.
Warm wood floors and coral-pink tiled walls put out an immediate beach-chic vibe. Visually, there’s a lot going on. Or, rather, there are a lot of straw beach bags going on, particularly the kind from New York label JADEtribe, decorated with multicolored pom-poms and tassel strands.
The bags line the tops of racks holding the latest swimwear styles from Issa de’ Mar, Tori Praver and Acacia. They gaze up from the floor beneath racks of adorable keiki swimsuits from Luli Luli, Salina, and Kimi and Li. They round out tabletops loaded with locally made goodies, including My Mānoa handmade soaps and tropical-print clutches from Jana Lam.
The shop’s jewelry case is chock-full of hard-to-find Maui and Big Island labels. You’ll find edgy ring sets from the ladies of Wings Hawai‘i, Keani Jewelry hoop earrings strung with manta ray charms, and Tahitian pearl necklaces from Amy Grace Jewelry.
Flowy cover-ups and maxis are staples, along with coordinating mom-and-daughter rompers and sundresses from Tiare Hawai‘i. The North Shore brand created an exclusive collection of dreamy, tie-dye styles just for the store.
Pink Sand, Royal Hawaiian Center, 922-4888