5 Finds That HONOLULU’s Stylist Stacey Makiya Can’t Stop Gushing About
The fab five of local shops.
Sarongs So Right
photo: sam feyen
Artist Margaret Rice recently turned her charming illustrations of local women into wearable art, fittingly placing her Pegge Hopper-esque drawings with soft curvy lines and muted comforting hues onto free-flowing sarongs. When she posted a few prerelease shots, she was floored by the requests that flooded in. “I was hesitant about doing this, but I’ve always had a love for both art and fashion. Jenn Binney of Samudra gave me the extra push to combine the two,” she says. The bucket-y beach hat in the same print was not in production, but, thanks to the pleas of her fans (me included), the hat will be available this holiday season.
Sarong, $58, margaretricestudio.com
Bag, You’re It!
photo: courtesy of treehouse designs
I found my new it bag! A few years ago, I switched heavyweight leathers for lighter fabrics. But finding one that turns heads is tough; fashion editors are supposed to set the bag bar. Enter Maui-based designer Shannon Peck of Treehouse Designs. The fortune-cookie shaped Rumi bag slouches perfectly, is big enough to hold snacks and a change of clothes (mom bag alert!) and is reversible. The natural fabrics are perfect backdrops for organic shibori and splatter prints. And, it has a secret pocket for your phone or other things you want to hide.
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino
If you’ve ever worn a Dolkii tee, you know its buttery fabric is like heaven on your skin. But, how owner Shaiyanne Dar’s designs champion women is the real feel-good fashion. Proceeds from her new “Love Your Wahine” (pictured) and “Tata” tees, plus sports-bra collab with Lehua Lole, support the Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i, which gives to local nonprofits focused on women’s and girls’ health and well-being. Fashion with a purpose will always be on trend for me.
Love Your Wahine and Tata tees, $45 each, Lehua Lole X Dolkii Wahine sports bra, $55, dolkii.com
Light This City
Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino
“Each night Honolulu city lights bring me baaaack again.” I had this on repeat (on CD, showing my age) every time a friend, or boyfriend, went off to college. So, when Salvage Public came out with a tee that featured the lyrics to the Keola and Kapono Beamer song, I was all about it. The tee, which also showcases a photo of the magical city lights from Tantalus, sold out fast. Luckily, Joe Serrao, one of the brand’s owners, says they’ll bring the tee baaaack again in November.
$48, South Shore Market, salvagepublic.com
Flower (Staying) Power
Boho Blooms Hawai‘i’s ultra-realistic paper petals are for black thumbs, over waterers and succulent slayers like me. It takes crafter Elisha Hinter an hour to an hour and a half to produce one lifelike flower out of high-quality Italian and German crepe paper. The peonies are perfection, and having no-fail anthuriums and hibiscuses in my home year-round is worth every cent.
Bouquets start at $65, bohobloomshawaii.com