Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Built to Sail

Lei Chic It's summertime, which means you and your friends are about to embark on the best vacation ever.

There's just one problem. You can't agree on what to do.

One of you is setting a course for the open seas; another wants to load up a few packmules and hike remote mountainsides; the third is perfectly happy staying put and looking cute...

We won't say which one you voted for. But we will say this: We found a way to satisfy all three of you. Sort of.

Introducing Majestic Mule's upcycled clutches, handmade right here in Hawaii. Each clutch is sewn out of salvaged fabric and textile remnants, like discarded scraps from the production of aloha shirts and muumuu, or real sail canvas in striking blues, greens and yellows. Some even feature the sails' original numbers transformed into abstract designs; look closely and you'll see that those squiggles actually form the edge of an "8" or a "5."

Lei Chic Then there's the name, Majestic Mule, chosen to honor an animal that is industrious, strong and used to carrying heavy loads (or in this case, your daily essentials). It also carries the message that being eco-conscious and turning unwanted items into beautiful creations can be, well, Majestic.

Best of all, these clutches are cute. Really cute. And their angular shape means they can hold a lot, which will come in handy whether you're out on the town, traversing a cliff, or even, steering a sailboat.

We can't believe we didn't think of this schooner.

$50, Majestic Mule clutches, available online, at Super Citizen in Kahala Mall, and Global Creations, 66-079 Kamehameha Hwy., Haleiwa.

Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 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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