Looking for a One-of-a-Kind Handbag? Kahulale‘a Lets You Design Your Own

Anything is possible, guys.

We are suckers for celeb trends. Take the time Beyoncé showed up in that nude dress, when Solange rocked the fiercest white cape or when Cate Blanchett took embellished florals to a whole new level at the Oscars.


So, when we saw that Kim Kardashian and Angelina Jolie were taking customization up a notch with their ultra-personalized purses and wedding veils, we knew we wanted in. We’re a little too gun-shy to let our 2-year-old take to leather goods with a Sharpie, but we’ve found the next best thing, custom handbags from tried-and-true style expert Kehau Nielson of Kahulale‘a.


Kahulale‘a Leather Handbags


First, pick your perfect leather and style from her slew of swatches, which includes metallics, sassy embossed animal-skin styles and sultry, solid shades (we’re nuts about that rich oxblood). The bags have a removable gold chain strap, gold metal hardware and a removable rhinestone charm. Next, think inside the bag. Select from Kona cotton or satin for the interior lining, and opt to get extra up-close and personal with your name, wedding date, name of bride and groom, or any other special message. If you’re thinking these would be perfect bridesmaids gifts, you’re right on Nielson’s wavelength: These one-of-a-kind carriers can be the perfect commemoration gifts that your gals will actually want to use in the future, as opposed to that monogrammed Christmas ornament you were eyeing. Could it get any better?


Actually, it can. Nielson is launching her customized goodies at the first-ever Sip and Shop at BLT Market, happening this Saturday. The gorgeously retro-looking brunch haven will welcome Nielson, Tidepool Love, Lauren Roth and Blue Bird Hawai‘i Jewelry for a chic morning of one-stop shopping, munching and sipping, with complimentary prosecco, a 15-percent-off dining credit and four hours of parking validation. Beats your eggs-and-bacon Saturday morning breakfast plan, right?


Consider it a double date.


Sip and Shop at BLT Market will take place March 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikīkī Beach, 383 Kalaimoku St. Standard Kahulale‘a custom pieces range from $120–$300, kahulalea.com