Friday, August 7, 2009

Hello Good Buys

Fashionista's Market opens permanent Chinatown boutique
It’s 3 p.m. and you need a pick-me-up. Maybe a sweet little treat that you won’t feel guilty about later.

Forget the coffee shop pastry case, and the corner fro-yo shop. You want something that will flatter, not inflate, your booty.

Like a cute top or some new jeans to satisfy your shopping craving.

Good news. Fashionista’s Market, the seasonal blowout designer sample sale, is opening a permanent boutique near the corner of Bethel and Beretania streets -- walking distance from the office if you want to scoop up a fun little dress on your lunch hour, or if you need a quick new outfit before heading out for pau hana.

The shop is small, but filled with racks of the not-too-expensive dresses, tops, and skirts from labels like Rock and Republic, Theory and others that the sample sales deliver in mass quantity. And just because the market has a home base now, it doesn’t mean the big Fashionista’s Market events are over. Owner Alyssa Fung still plans to hold big sale events seasonally, but she’ll also be filling up the calendar with mini-events at her new space, and keeping it stocked with inventory between sales.

The shop won’t be open for regular business hours until September, but you can get a sneak preview tonight at a special pre-renovation sale. You’ll have to shop amid unpainted walls and unfinished floors, but all regular-price merchandise is half off, and anything already marked down is an additional 30 percent off.

It’s a perfect way to treat yourself to a sweet deal.

Fashionista’s Market pre-renovation sale, tonight 3 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow 10 a.m .to 5 p.m. 1183 Bethel Street, Chinatown. For more information, go to

Posted on Friday, August 7, 2009 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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