10 Things You Didn’t Know About Local Designer Tara Boone
Plus, a sneak peek at the designer’s new Kāhala boutique.
PHOTOS: DAVID CROXFORD
PHOTO: COURTESY OF TARA BOONE
After creating a successful handbag line, conquering the New York fashion scene and traveling the globe, Hawai‘i native Tara Boone is ready for her next great adventure, opening Tara Boone Design House, her chic Kāhala Mall boutique filled with witty, whimsical fashions, gifts and décor. Here the artist-designer spills about her journey:
My mom, who is from Ireland, and my father, who is from L.A., went to Hawai‘i for the weekend to get married. They loved it so much they stayed and raised three kids.
I started in fashion when I was 8 years old by cutting up my mother’s sheets to make a tank top and mini skirt—I got grounded. I sewed most of my clothes in high school including prom gowns, head wraps, detachable skirts and long trains, all in one outfit!
I’m a descendant of Daniel Boone.
My nick name at Parsons School of Design was Layers. I would wear multiple layers, my outfit would change hourly and my look would transform from morning to night.
I was in a movie with Michael Douglas and Melanie Griffith. OK, I was an extra. It was filmed at the old Hoover Factory in London when I was working for a fashion photographer.
I interned at Henri Bendel in N.Y.C. and got to help name cashmere colors. Later as a fashion designer, I sold my handbag collection there.
I am a huge Audrey Hepburn fan. My mom and I would watch Funny Face, Roman Holiday and, of course, Breakfast and Tiffany’s together. She is such a style icon. I’ll be stocking lots of Holly Golightly-inspired statement necklaces and LBDs (little and long).
After my career in N.Y.C. as a fashion designer, I traveled the world for a year and a half. I worked at a Cambodia orphanage, climbed to the Mount Everest base camp, put my toes in the Ganges and slept under the stars in the Sahara Desert.
My favorite flowers are pink peonies. Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh cut flowers every day? Ooh la la!
The chandelier in my new boutique once hung in my N.Y.C. apartment—my walls were painted fuchsia and the curtains were black-and-white stripes.