Friday, January 8, 2010

Basic Instinct
Some cravings you’re better off resisting (triple cheeseburgers, $500 designer shoes). Others (an ice-cold beer after a long day at work, incredibly-soft comfy cotton tees that you’ll wear forever) are SO worth giving into.

No one knows this better than Papiloa Jourdan, whose own addiction to edgy basics and all things earth-friendly served as the catalyst for Green Fiend Apparel, her newly launched eco-chic streetwear line.

The Maui-based designer started off in 2008 making sweatshop-free handbags constructed using only recycled and organic materials. Her 2010 debut clothing collection follows suit, aptly named Revolt—a nod to its rebellion against mainstream manufacturing.

The stylish mix includes essentials like v-neck tees, rugby stripe crews, and easy boat-neck shirtdresses, along with trendier, urban-inspired pieces like sheer, minimally treated silk hoodies and burnout tanks in neon hues.

Most feature simple graphic prints which range from silhouettes of trees and 80’s-style lettering to vertical line clusters. And all have undergone a variety of finishing processes for a weathered, vintage texture and look.

Best of all, a portion of the proceeds from all sales are donated to the local chapter of the Make A Wish foundation.

Go ahead and give in.

Available at Bohemia Boutique on Maui, 105 North Market Street, Wailuku, and at the Green Fiend Apparel online store here. For more info, call 412.719.3081 or email

Posted on Friday, January 8, 2010 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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