Friday, December 26, 2008

Best of Lei Chic 2008: It's Reigning Deals

As we get set to ring in 2009, Lei Chic is taking a look back into our archives and bringing you some of the best stories we published during 2008. Enjoy and see you next year!
Originally published August 8, 2008

Your personal fairy tale:  forget the pumpkin – and the ball. You’re on a worldwide shopping spree buying up the latest runway looks from every top designer. And then you do it again every season.

It’s no fairy tale for sisters Azzura and Yana Alliata, Italian princesses who live part of the year in Hawai‘i. Their closets are brimming with designer duds from vacations and shopping trips all over the globe.

This summer they started selling off some of the pieces they no longer wore, and offered some of the proceeds to charity. Their periodic sales proved popular with their friends – and friends of friends, too. Now, they have a small private boutique right on the grounds of their Tantalus home that’s open by appointment only. Besides their own things, the shop carries items collected from the sisters’ other three siblings, their parents, and friends. Insiders around the island have been heading to the converted garage space to shop at Royal Vintage, as the boutique’s called, and score finds like a $3,000 Dolce & Gabbana gown for $200.

This weekend, Royal Vintage is opening for a rare public sale before the princesses head off to college for the year. That means tons of barely-worn designer items from Versace, Armani, Manolo Blahnik and others, most priced 75 percent less than retail.

It’s one fairy sale you can believe in.

Royal Vintage Boutique, 2615 Tantalus Drive, Honolulu. Public sale begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Other shopping times are by appointment only. Call Tina Maharina at 808.282.8703 to schedule.

Note: Royal Vintage is open this weekend, December 27-28, 2008.

Posted on Friday, December 26, 2008 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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