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These Denim Pieces from Local Boutiques Will Have You Wishing for a Blue Christmas

Denim is having a moment now and we’re dreaming of jeanies this holiday season. Here are six local designers and boutiques stocking up on the Canadian Tuxedo.


Denim bags

Clockwise from Left: Banana leaves denim pouch, $40, Sunset Doodle denim pouch, $30, Cameron Hawai‘i, South Shore Market, (808) 596-2222. Wish You Were Here denim tote, $38, MORI by Art + Flea, South Shore Market, (808) 593-8958. 
Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino


I’m a denim devotee, so to hear that it’s being upgraded to a must-have trend for spring is sweet music to my ears. Designers such as Tom Ford, Public School, Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein have taken the All-American essential and turned it into show-stopping statements. Selvedge styles receive sleek, tailored cuts, light stonewashes carry on the boyfriend-jean phenomenon, but now with pleats, and the damn-fine artsy versions create a buzz with paint splatters, graffiti sprays and painted blooms. Yeah, we’re talking all levels of jean-ius.


But, even with all the bells and whistles of this year’s VIPs (very impressive pants!), I still find myself loving the true-blue styles. So I hunted down a couple of OG variations from local designers and boutiques to help y’all give your loved ones a blue Christmas. 


Denim hats

Clockwise from top: Indigo beanie, $48, five panel denim hat, $48, Keawe jeans, $178, Salvage Public, South Shore Market, (808) 589-0500.


Denim jacket

Levi’s Wedgie Fit shorts (top), $69.50, button-fly shorts, $79.50, Ex-Boyfriend Trucker jacket, $89.50, Cameron Hawai‘i, South Shore Market, (808) 596-2222.


Denim pants

​Waikīkī Skinny jeans, $142, The Design House, 1114 11th Ave., (808) 591-6219. Silk handkerchief, $28, Rumi Murakami Dylan top, $138, Fishcake Pop-Up, South Shore Market, (808) 593-1231. Meri Meri tassel earrings, $15, Fighting Eel, Kāhala Mall, (808) 738-4912. 




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