Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Lost and Found

Not so long ago you’d regularly scour Savers for funky clothes and old charms to create an eclectic, inimitable look (it was also cheap). But as you grew up (and got a steady paycheck) something changed, and although your wardrobe and accessories remained original, they were all new.

But new isn’t necessary anymore – according to Melisa Medalle, founder and designer of Meesah jewelry.

Handcrafted with found, recycled and vintage materials, each Meesah piece is a one-of-a-kind, environment-friendly accessory constructed right here on O‘ahu.

www.leichic.comHer line debuts with three playful collections: “Ligaia” deconstructs and thoughtfully transforms found elements like gold, hemp, shells, and wood. Chunky and funky “Lavern” pairs Lucite beads mainly from the ‘60s and ‘70s with metals for a bold, fearless look. And “Nani Aho” shuns convention and definition, repurposing simple, everyday objects like fishhooks and recycled spear fishing line, creating an industrial aesthetic.

By recapturing the past and redefining new today, Melisa hopes to get everyone rethinking how they live and impact the earth, even if they don’t buy anything.

But if you get yours before Meesah hits local boutiques in www.leichic.comSeptember, when the compliments start pouring in on your “new” jewels, you can coyly reply:

What—this old thing?

Meesah is available at the Rock Shop event at thirtyninehotel, 39 Hotel Street, Chinatown, August 30 12 to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Email Melisa at or call 510.209.1051.

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 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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