Monday, January 12, 2009

Blast From The Past 

Say “vintage shopping” and you get visions of dank, musty old stores full of yesteryear’s castoffs − where finding anything good takes hours of digging.

That couldn’t be farther from the scene at the new Cloth boutique, which just opened Saturday.

Owner Micah Iaukea has done all the heavy sorting already, hunting down classic and funky dresses, tops and housewares to fill the shelves in her sleek charcoal and white space. She knows all the best estate sales, thrift stores and other secret spots (both here and on the mainland) to score the best vintage specimens. Check out the chocolate -colored shift dress she staked out and scored before it could be snapped up by a costume designer from the hit cable series Mad Men, known for its perfect replication of 50s-era high style.

The boutique also carries some new things, such as a line of locally handmade jewelry, and a few well-chosen handbags and belts, as well as vintage luggage, dishes, and men’s shirts and blazers, many with the original tags from their old-school Honolulu manufacturers.

This is one new friend who keeps the old.

Cloth, 909 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Honolulu, 808.597.9006. Check The official website launches later this month:


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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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