A Sneak Peek Inside Hawai‘i’s First New Saks Fifth Avenue in Waikīkī
Get an early glimpse at Hawai‘i’s first Saks Fifth Avenue store opening Aug. 25 at the International Market Place.
Photos: Aaron Yoshino
We’ve got to admit, we’ve been looking at Waikīkī a little differently these days, thanks to the influx of hip boutique hotels, locally owned eateries and big-name shops (ahem, H&M) that have opened in the past couple of years. And, as of this Thursday, there will be another enticing reason to brave its tourist-packed streets—Hawai‘i’s first Saks Fifth Avenue opens at the revamped International Market Place.
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To help you decide whether it’s worth the trek, we scored a sneak preview tour with Saks’ VP/general manager Shelley Tadaki Cramer, who took us floor by sparkling white floor through the luxury retailer’s 80,000 square feet. Departments include cosmetics, men’s apparel and accessories, and women’s apparel, swim, accessories and jewelry. And the store boasts a slew of cool features: local art displays throughout, a convenient adjacent parking lot, even personal stylists who can fill private dressing suites with fashions tailored to your taste.
But we’ll go ahead and get to the good stuff, the brands. Along with favorites Chloe, Lanvin, Balmain, Dries Van Noten and Proenza Schouler, the store will be stocking a ton of exclusives including Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags, Japan-based Decorte cosmetics, Nicholas Kirkwood and Kenzo women’s shoes, Issey Miyako women’s clothing and a line of Tori Richard shirts made specially for Saks.