Friday, May 6, 2011

Panache to Treasure

Lei ChicMC Hammer harem pants. Your ninth grade perm. That guy you hooked up with on a five-Hello-Kitty-shots night then dumped four hours later in the parking lot.

Some things don’t deserve a second chance.

Make an exception for an eco-friendly jewelry line that gives recycled pieces a fresh art.

thinknow’s the work of former Honolulu resident and architectural designer Rebecca Ellis Luong. Her intricately etched earrings, necklaces and bangles are made completely out of material leftover from artisans in her current hometown of Seattle.

Wood veneer tossed by cabinetmakers is reinvented into a flurry of maple leaves that nestle right in your collarbone. Paper matting castoffs from a frame shop are laser cut and colored into scrap-tacular pendant earrings.

Lei Chic thinknow’s newest collection, Cape Olohana, turns the sweeping silhouettes of the kiele (gardenia in Hawaiian) and melia (plumeria) flowers into bold jewelry perfect for brunch on the beach, but sophisticated enough for champagne at sunset.

Almost every piece can be customized, with your choice of wood finish and paper color.

So you’ll have a cool new look when your nightclub fling starts texting you for a do over.

Now that’s wiping the slate green.

thinknow is carried exclusively in Hawaii at Chai Studios, 675 Auahi St. between Coral and Keawe streets . You can also see the entire line on thinknow’s website.

Posted on Friday, May 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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