Monday, November 7, 2011

The Chochin One

Lei ChicYou scaled back the desserts and kept a lid on that daily caramel macchiato habit. So far, getting the skinny on trimming down your look has kept you on the straight and narrow.

Just one thing is weighing your style down; that structured purse by a heavyweight designer looks great but toting is a real drag.

A local designer’s new bags will help you see the light.

Donna Miyashiro has been creating hand sewn bags for years. Her latest creation is called Chochin and is named after the traditional Japanese lanterns that served as her inspiration.

Lei Chic The woven cotton totes look like a simple hexagon when flat. But pick up the straps and Miyashiro’s design falls into soft, streamlined folds to your hip. The bags are machine washable, come in a variety of colorful prints or simple neutrals and are reversible.

Giving you a simple way to get that load off your shoulders.

Donna Miyashiro’s Chochin bags are $55 at Fishcake, 307c Kamani Street near Ward Center. Call 808.593.1234 for more information.

Posted on Monday, November 7, 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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