Monday, April 2, 2012

Smooth Move

Lei ChicYou sleep on 800-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Your grand chenille throw has its own permanent seat on your couch. And no matter how warm the weather gets, you can't stop wearing your "I can't believe it's faux" fur vest (hey, it's still freezing in your office).

It's pretty clear, you have a weakness for soft things. Nele (pronounced "NEE-lah") Henderson knows exactly how you feel.

The German designer moved to Hawaii in December, bringing along Nele K - her line of supple leather bags and wallets that are so touchable, you'll want it at your fingertips 24/7. Cozy up to slouchy satchels in pebbled navy, black suede or an eye-catching baby blue with hand-braided straps, zippered pockets and fold-over tops.

Lei ChicYou'll find fun, vintage-inspired prints on the lining (think pink and red petunias, or our favorite, tropical elephants). And you can always nestle in a matching wallet.

Nele K's clothes are just as crush-worthy. Chiffon maxi skirts with leather waistbands are a breeze to wear, and a slightly sheer draped dress whispers effortless glamour.

Henderson is constantly working on new creations; we caught glimpses of a pretty fabric swingpack with leather detail and delicate lingerie in muted prints.

Giving you multiple reasons to stay in touch.

So you can brush up on your tender, loving wear.

Nele K is available at Owens & Co. (bags, wallets and apparel), 1152 Nuuanu Ave., and Mod Vintage (apparel only), 1154 Koko Head Ave. Call (510) 358-5837 for more information.

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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