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Mōno Hawai‘i’s Customizable Leather Bags Make a Good Impression

Free Mōno-gramming (get it?) on leather goods at one of Honolulu’s independent shops.


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Photos: Courtesy of Mōno Hawai‘i


After a decade of shouldering the weight of top-shelf leather carry-alls, I decided to forego all the fringes, rivets and fur, and simplify. Now, it’s all about my washable, light, canvas, leopard-print Baggu bag. I love it!


However, the thrill (and smell) of new leather is hard to resist. So, when a friend (thanks, Cassie!) told me about Mōno Hawai‘i’s line of leather accessories, my ears perked up. And then I heard the owners do monogramming on their pieces, my excitement got the best of me and I started firing questions. What styles do the pieces come in? Are there wallets? And bags too? How much are they? And the monogramming—is it all free?


Her answer: Just call Dean or Cassy. I did. And, I admit, it’s not breaking news, but it’s definitely worth sharing.


Mōno Hawai‘i’s


Dean Song, owner, along with his wife, Cassy, started making leather goods as a hobby two years ago and gave them away to family and friends. After a year of practicing hand-stitching every day, Dean finally felt confident enough to offer the goods at the shop. Currently he offers 10 different options including coasters, wallets and passport cases. Sample pieces are on the sales floor, and customers can place a custom order based off what they see.


And, yes! The monogramming is totally free. “It takes a few minutes to put together the letters and to stamp, and I always do a test on a scrap piece of leather before I brand the final product,” explains Song, who began offering the service about a month ago. “It’s a nice, personal touch that I can offer to a custom piece.”


I forecast there will be a little good leather in my future.


Mōno Hawai‘i, 2013 S. King St., (808) 955-1595.




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