Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Terms of Adornment

You’re quite the green crusader these days – you’ve donned gorgeous organic dresses, found an eco-consultant, and even visited an all-natural salon. And now, you can spruce up your wardrobe with recycled accessories made right here in Hawai‘i. There’s never been a better time to think globally and accessorize locally.

Tie One On
Freshen up your dresses with the obi-wrapped belts from ccdoodle. Local designer Christy Chung makes the beautiful belts by hand, using vintage obi fabrics from her family that date back 35-plus years. Wrap the belt however you want for dozens of different looks.
Available at, Ai Designs at 3434 Waialae Ave., and Split Obsession at Ala Moana Center.

Lei ChicScrap Happy
You can feel good about adorning yourself in MCK Metal, the street-meets-beach jewelry line from Kona designer McKenzie Santimer. She salvages leather from an Indiana tannery, meaning the leftover scraps from gloves and bags don’t end up in the trash, but rather are transformed into her gorgeous earrings. Santimer hand-tools the leather into tropical designs such as coffee leaves, monsteria and hibiscus.
Available at Savvy Butik, 69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr. Suite K5, Waikoloa, and online at This Friday, check out MCK Metal’s Honolulu debut at Coral Loft, 1033A Smith St., Chinatown.

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Note Worthy
You’ve got the write stuff, thanks to the eco-friendly notebooks from Mu‘umu‘u Heaven. They’re made from vintage album covers and 100 percent recycled paper. You’ll find Hawaiian artists, natch, but also awesome 80’s covers like Miami Vice and Def Leppard.
Available in-store and online at Mu‘umu‘u Heaven, 767 Kailua Rd., Kailua.


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Top it all off with Royal Crowns, the newest accessories to hit the Islands. Big Island artist Sarah Indio creates truly original hats from “upcycled” palm fibers, by gathering trimmed foliage from palm trees before landscapers can toss them. She then hangs, processes, and sanitizes them, and after sewing them into a variety of hat styles, lines them with vintage fabrics.
Available online here, and at Black Flys, International Marketplace, Waikiki, and Divine Goods Hawai‘i, 76-5902 Mamalahoa Hwy., Holualoa.

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Carry On
Rock a recycled purse, clutch or tote from Genuine Guava bags, made by local girl Kawehi Kuhau. She scours thrift stores for aloha shirts, dresses, ties, or any cool prints she can find, and reconstructs them into handmade, one-of-a-kind creations.
Available at Cloth Boutique, or email orders to Kawehi at

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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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