A Wandering Buy
She was an island girl: simple, stylish, and loyal to her hometown beau-tique.
Then a stranger blew into town; exotic, unexpected, and a little too clothes for comfort with slick lines that promised to wear her down. They would have just one night in a crowded room, before stealing back into the sunset.
You’re overdue for the rush of a fashionista affair -- with a shop where you can score, but then disappears before your usual shop knows you strayed. Especially now that your usual wardrobe booty call has moved to the mainland. We found three just-launched traveling boutiques to restore your passion for fashion.
You’re a college student or recent alum who shops on a budget but is ready to graduate from Forever 21. Mikinola is the line for you. Dara Fujio studied fashion and business at UH, spent eight years working at local boutiques such as The Butik and Fighting Eel, then turned her friends’ constant requests for her to assemble their party outfits into her fledgling and soon-to-be online boutique. Right now you can find her collection at special shopping events featuring pieces such as airy-and-relaxed MinkPink and celebrity-inspired Stylestalker, as well as local designs such as the flirty fitted dresses she carries from Florencia Arias and Cassandra Rull. Prices stay below $100 on everything from clothes to bags to shoes, except for some special got-to-have dresses. Fujio works to meet her clients one-on-one and is also available for styling consulting to help you create a look, complete with hair and makeup tips, for any fashion emergency.
Where to Catch Her: April 13, 6-10 p.m. at theVenue, 1144 Bethel St., Honolulu. Online store to launch soon.
What Else to Check Out: Mikinola’s blog. Click here to see added pictures of her pieces, other favorite fashion finds, and it’s where we first got a glimpse at the chain vest (LOVE) from Andy South days before the debut of his new SOUTH line.
How to Contact: E-mail email@example.com. You can also check her Facebook page or get text updates on events, new merchandise and discounts by texting Mikinola at 80850.
Sas N Sol
Co-owners Malie Medeiros and Lenee Nakamura named their boutique after their ideal clients: women with a balance of a little sass, and a little soul. Medeiros studied design and merchandising at the University of Hawaii and worked as a stylist for Marciano and Panci Style before teaming up with Nakamura who was helping run her family business. The two launched their moveable boutique in January with bright and figure-skimming dresses for nights out and an ever-evolving collection of sexy party and play gear priced between $30 and $180. You’ll also find bold necklaces and earrings, bags, and accessories for under $50. For a little more, you can snag Medeiros' own line of sterling silver and 14K gold-plated earrings (we spotted a stunning asymmetric pair featuring a turquoise drop and Swarovski crystals). And the pair is ready to offer head-to-toe help putting together that next drop-dead look.
Where to Catch Them Next: April 13, 6-10 p.m. at theVenue, 1144 Bethel St., Honolulu. You can also schedule a private party and an online store is in the works.
More info: Sas N Sol’s Facebook page is just getting started. For now e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to find out where Sas N Sol will be appearing next.
A play on the words passionate and fashion, Fashionate was co-created by former retail worker Sharon Abad and her cousin Mary Jane Lazo, a business owner and mom, when they got tired of seeing so many girls stuck wearing the same clothes. So Abad and Lazo focus on cute but comfortable pieces priced below $50. That translates into bunches of casual-printed rompers, dresses and skirts with pockets for easy weekend style. The two are always looking to please. They poll their customers for requests on facebook before every shopping event.
Where to Find Them Next: April 9, a benefit for the UH Timpuyog Club at UH Manoa Art Building, 9:00 a.m. Fashionate also offers private shopping parties.
How to Contact: All events are listed on their Facebook page. You can also e-mail email@example.com or call 808.840.9712.