Friday, June 17, 2011

Fruits of Their Labor

Lei ChicThe spring drought that left your cash flow at dangerously low levels is over. Forecasters are predicting better days ahead and you’re hoping for a bumper crop of new items in your wardrobe.

No more “real” Fendis from that seedy guy at the swap meet. And digging through discount racks week after week? That was the pits.

Leaf those days behind you with a lush new bag by Guava.

Kahuku grads Liz Lerner and Kai Cost have offered bikinis and easy beach wear in their Haleiwa shop since 2008. Now they’re branching out with their first collection of eye-popping clutches with an island twist.

Lei Chic Foldover and zippered handbags look like traditional woven lauhala, but are made of supple leather in contrasting shades of vibrant turquoise, orange, and green.The custom-designed, cut-out pattern on their wallet-style clutch is reflects the tropical flowers that surround the North Shore.

Each bag is slim enough to slip into your hobo yet roomy enough to stash your cell phone, lip gloss, and all the essentials.

It’s an easy pick to freshen up your look.

Now that's a sweet start to summer.

Guava bags are priced between $98 and $108 dollars at Guava Shop in the Haleiwa Town Center, 66-165 Kamehameha Hwy. 808.637.9670.

Posted on Friday, June 17, 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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