Monday, November 1, 2010

Knitting Pretty


Lei ChicFact: No matter how adorable they are, cable-knit sweaters are not appropriate for Honolulu's balmy temps.

Yet somehow you're still trying to find ways to make them work—planning parties at Ice Palace, cruising the Foodland frozen aisle and constantly turning down the office thermostat when no one's looking.

Arriving with beads of sweat on your forehead is becoming your new signature look.

Finally there's a way you can rock the look without getting so heated. Snag a cute cable-knit clutch from Delilah Dale, the chic new handbag line from Kona-based designer Regina Tode.

An expert knitter, Tode wanted to take knitted goods away from their granny reputation. Her stylish purses offer modern touches, like pockets big enough for an iPhone, plus room for lip-gloss, cash and credit cards galore, and fun details like beautifully stitched linings made from pretty printed fabrics. Her classic kisslock closures—a nod to the kisslock clutch her grandmother carried on her wedding day.

And Tode recently added a few new designs to the mix, including woven styles made with ombre-dyed broadcloth and richly hued courdury fabrics, and a covetable fold-over envelope clutch. She even takes custom orders, ensuring you get the exact color and fabric combination you want.

So you can finally give those bulky sweaters the cold shoulder, while still keeping your knits about you..

Delilah Dale clutches are available at Pueo Boutique, 75-5695 Ali'i Dr., Kailua-Kona, 808.326.2055, and through the Delilah Dale Etsy store and blog.

Posted on Monday, November 1, 2010 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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