Friday, December 16, 2011

Eco Opportunity

Lei ChicYou got an engineering degree, passed the space physical examination, and made sure you measured up – 64 inches to be exact. Yet, NASA has yet to call back.

OK, you get a little motion sick driving up Tantalus. And you freak out when the elevator stalls for more than 15 seconds. So maybe you’re meant to make your impact on the world without leaving it.

Fortunately, the eco has landed.

Apparel line Nuinani just opened a temporary shop in Kailua. Brothers Adam and Ben Worrel feature the full collection of their designs hand-printed on super-soft organic cotton, recycled polyester, and rayon. But there are a few small surprises in store.

Lei Chic Take one small step toward their brand-new kids collection of comfy tees emblazoned with playful whales, welcoming chicks, or colorful palm trees. Browse exclusive jewelry made from vintage postcards by Morgan Lane-Tanner or marvel over the debut of a more affordable line by ki-ele creator Marylea Conrad.

Take one giant leap in the direction of Sseko footwear. The cool leather sandals with interchangeable straps are handmade in Uganda by women working their way toward a university education.

Nuinani’s prices range between $20 and $50 and five percent of every sale  goes to the World Children’s Hunger Fund.  The store will be open at least through the holidays.
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Giving you a thoughtful way to achieve gift off.

Without having to shoot for the moon.

Join Nuinani for free coffee, desserts, and 10 percent off everything at the grand opening tonight, 6 – 9 at 33 Oneawa St. in Kailua.
Regular hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturdays for the next few months. Call 808.262.0055 for more information.

Posted on Friday, December 16, 2011 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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