Monday, February 27, 2012

Design Intervention

Lei ChicA brainstorm came over bellinis this weekend - the perfect LBDD (little black dress design). It’s cute as a button and it looks like your entry into the style world is all sewn up except for a few things -  You don’t know anything about fabric, patterns, or sewing.

Your dream is unraveling. It will take a solid plan of fashion to get in the stitch of things.

Enter the new Hawaii Fashion Incubator Coop.

Lei ChicTucked away on the second floor of Ward Warehouse, the 1,500 square foot working/retail space is a hub of inspiration from the floor newly decoupaged with fashion magazines to a shop stocked with local designs. Sign up for classes such as making your own lacy boyshorts, prom dresses, and even expert advice on building your fashion portfolio. Work on your own projects in the airy, fully-equipped workroom.  And when the creative process hits a snag, you can seek stimulation in the retail store full of finds such as Maui Thing tops, Umee dresses, Organik tunics, Arkotec shirts and onesies, silk scarves, limited edition Hifi and Sierra Dew collaboration pieces, and Salty Girl jewelry.

Lei ChicHifi members can also take advantage of the photo studio, meeting and event spaces. Hifi founders Toby Portner and Melissa May White encourage connecting and collaborating so beginners and professionals alike can find a helping hand.

Meaning you know where to turn if that new idea falls apart at the seams.

Now that’s how to stay one step a thread for good.

The Hifi Coop opens this weekend at Ward Warehouse, second floor above T&C Surf. The grand opening is Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The first workshops are Fashion Portfolio RX and Prom Dress Redux . To register, for more information, or to read more about the Hifi Coop, visit the Hawaii Fashion Incubator's website.

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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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