Monday, December 27, 2010

Best of Lei Chic 2010: Sea & The City 
As we get set to ring in 2011, Lei Chic is taking a look back into our archives and bringing you some of the best stories we published during 2010. Enjoy and see you next year!
Originally published January 15, 2010

Start spreading the news. It’s open today. You’ll wanna be a part of it.

There’s a new boutique on the Lower East Side – of Oahu, that is. Seastar 8.4.23, opening tonight in Waikiki, is all about bringing the Big Apple to the beach.

After living and working in NYC’s music and fashion scenes, sisters Nana and Yuri Fujisé wanted to bring some of the City’s style back with them to the Islands.

The boutique’s name is beachy (Seastar 8.4.23 is a shout-out to their family’s seaside home addresses in Japan and Hawai‘i) but the style is all big city, stocked with select designers from New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

A sampling: tops and dresses by Arnold Zimberg, Torn by Ronny Kobo, and LaROK, jumpsuits by Alexis, cashmere scarves by Yarnz, handbags by Beirn, shoes by Matt Bernson, Matiko and Jeffrey Campbell, limited-edition jelly bracelets by Jules Smith, and more—several of which are making their Hawai‘i debut.

Even the store itself feels like a minimalist New York loft, with industrial-like white walls and ceilings, galvanized pipe racks, steel hangers, and a dark grey concrete floor. See it for yourself at tonight’s grand opening party, where you can shop, sip champagne, nosh on sushi from Nobu Waikiki, and rock out to DJ Whoo Kid (50 Cent’s official DJ from NYC).

You’ll want to get there in a New York minute.

Watch the Living Lei Chic video from Hawaii News Now's Sunrise morning show featuring Seastar boutique here.
Seastar 8.4.23 is located at 423 Nahua St. in Waikiki. 808.922.8423. Visit for more info.

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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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