Monday, May 5, 2008

Let's Go Halves Friends don’t let friends shop retail. Money doesn’t grow on trees. Three’s a crowd.

All cliché’s aside—seriously, don’t believe everything you hear. Rafael boutique’s Chinatown spot didn’t close its doors already. No, they just locked up – temporarily -- to handle an avalanche of online orders that poured in after they posted a wild, website-only 50-percent-off holiday sale.

But the dark windows sparked rumors of the boutique’s demise – a déjà vu of a few years back when Rafael’s Ala Moana Center location closed and left shoppers with only the website.

Ever conscious of customer desires, Rafael’s owner has turned the lights back on and unlocked the doors -- and is now offering the online prices to bricks-and-mortar customers too. So you can come in and try on more than 50 hot brands. You know, True Religion jeans for as low as $65. LA Made tanks for $10. Juicy Couture for less than you’ve ever dreamed outside of the Rack. Everything. Half off.

Okay, maybe there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but steeply discounted designer at a classy boutique is close enough. Almost as good as getting the employee discount.

Rafael Hawaii, 22 S. Pauahi Street, between Bethel and Nu‘uanu; 808.536.2823 or online at

Posted on Monday, May 5, 2008 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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