Monday, August 16, 2010

As Hood As It Gets

Lei Chic You know you’re lucky you live Hawai‘i. And with Statehood Day fast approaching, you’d really like to rock a little something that shows your affection for the good old 808. But so far, your choices are looking pretty lame…
Option 1: “Got SPAM?” bumper sticker
Option 2:  super classy coconut bikini T-shirt
Option 3: stunning rainbow-hued island chain tattoo

Instead, show your island pride with something slightly more stylish – like one of Drift Boutique’s charming “I Heart” neighborhood bags. Dreamt up by owners Laura Ivy and Alessandra Klein, the declarative totes were created as a way for the girls to combine their love for vintage fashion with their affinity for their favorite parts of Oahu, like Kaimuki, where both live and Drift is located.
The eco-chic bags are made entirely of vintage fabrics sourced from local consignment stores and come equipped with sturdy canvas bodies. At around 15 by 20 inches they clock in slightly larger than the average shopper
perfect for hauling groceries or a day’s worth of shopping spoils.

The neighborhoods, which also include Kailua, Town, and Country (and more on the way) are screen-printed by hand in a crackled green ink that gives off a cool, worn-in feel. And the finishing touches – the handles, inner trim and heart are all hand-stitched swatches of vintage Tori Richard fabrics that come in a range of playful prints, from pretty floral and paisley mixes to funkier, tribal-like patterns.

Just what you need to rep your state in style.
And let the hood times roll.

I Heart neighborhood bags are available at Drift Boutique, 3434 Waialae Ave., Suite 4, Honolulu, 808.284.1177.

Posted on Monday, August 16, 2010 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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