Thursday, December 1, 2011

Florencia Arias

Image Hopping from boutique to boutique in search of local designer Florencia Arias’ highly sought-after pieces can sometimes feel like a game of capture the flag. One shop may have her slinky tube skirt in a brilliantly colored palm- leaf print, but the only size left is extra, extra small. The other shop, way across town, just sold the last peacock-blue cut-out maxi from her fall collection.

Finally, there’s help—make a one-shop-stop at Arias’ newly opened flagship boutique in the former Peggy Chun Gallery space on Nuuanu Avenue. Hyper-sleek racks suspended from the ceiling showcase the brand’s latest collection of dresses, mini skirts, tanks, shorts and blouses. Arias herself is usually there to help customers find exactly what they’re looking for. “In the boutique we carry the four lines we produce every year—spring, summer, fall and holiday,” she says. “All of our designs are made to help women feel comfortable, but very sexy.”

Arias also makes it a point to stock fashions from other talented Argentinean designers. You’ll find Alfonsina Ladogana’s coveted CIRQUE belts, handcrafted DUA jewelry and an array of comfy Paez slip-ons (think TOMS but cheaper), all of which complement Arias’ effortlessly chic styles. “With the right accessories, all my designs can easily be kept low key or dressed up for a night on the town,” says Arias. Two-in-one, now that’s a truly win-win situation. Florencia Arias, 1161 Nuuanu Ave., 384-9039.
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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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