Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More Power To Ya
The last time we caught up with local designer Roberta Oaks Power, she was putting out perfectly versatile frocks for the days when you needed A Change of A Dress.

These days, it’s Power herself who’s changing addresses. She’s long been a bit of a nomad on Oahu, showing up at sample sales, surf meets, tradeshows, and even the Made in Hawai‘i festival with racks of her eco-conscious dresses and bikinis. But this weekend, she’s settling down, so to speak, and opening her own storefront in Chinatown.

So now, shoppers can browse the entire Roberta Oaks Hawai‘i line – including the new holiday collection, which includes sassy, body-skimming little numbers, contrasted by cozy, country-inspired dresses made from plaid cotton flannel. You’ll also find her popular Twiggy dresses and Lola maxi dresses in new color combos, alongside discounts on last season’s styles.

The store itself will reflect Power’s style – inspired by a piece of driftwood, the space was designed to reflect her carefree, beachy aesthetic. And Power says the space will function not only as a store, office and workroom, but also as a gathering spot and event venue for her fellow artists, designers and friends.

Once you see what’s in store, you’ll want to make yourself at home, too.

Roberta Oaks Hawai‘i, 19 N. Pauahi St., Chinatown. Grand Opening this Friday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Thereafter, tentatively open Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment, and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, visit

Posted on Wednesday, December 2, 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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