Monday, June 6, 2011

Slick and Tire-d

Lei ChicThe first time you saw the sleek lines, plush interior, and smelled the new leather, you fell in love.

Thousands of miles later, your all-time favorite structured purse is looking deflated. You tried to tune it back up with fresh coat of polish, but the result just left you bagless and so cranky that even your best friends are treading lightly around you.

Don’t worry. We found a spare in a most unlikely spot.

Amid the grease and gears of Lex Brodie’s tire shop on Queen Street is Hawaii’s only display of Passchal handbags. If the location seems strange, it’s actually suitable; the sleek purses, briefcases, and duffles are made from the inner tubes of recycled tractor tires.

The rubber is cleaned, soaked, and worked into surprisingly soft panels with an almost eelskin-like finish. It’s then paired with Italian leather and hardware.

Lei ChicKick your office look into high gear with the roomy color-blocked red-lambskin-and-black-rubber hobo. Then grab the metallic bronze evening bag or striking orange-and-black pocketbook and roll out to dinner.

Every purse features an automatic interior light to ease those late-night key searches. Passchal even replaces the bulbs for free as part of its lifetime guarantee.

It’s just the clutch performance you need to get your look back on track.

Talk about a lucky brake.

In Hawaii, Passchal bags are available only at Lex Brodie’s, 701 Queen Street.   Prices range from $20 for business card holders to $395 for a travel bag.  Customers who buy four installed tires receive 10 percent off.  For more information, call 808.536.9381.

Posted on Monday, June 6, 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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