Friday, May 2, 2008

Cultural Threads

Out in the shopping wilds, the search for the perfect last minute gift is matched only by the quest for a line of stylish T-shirts, especially if the guys on your list still have burning question marks beside their names. The best plan of attack? Stalk this prey when the sun goes down.

Tonight’s spot is the new Coral Loft in Chinatown, where the Kealopiko clothing design team is throwing a last minute sale on their ultra-comfortable, native species tees. These three local women who want to see men and women in beautiful clothes that truly represent Hawai‘i have also created custom prints for the Girlas and Paula Fuga, so you know they’re cutting edge.

www.leichic.comKealopiko’s soft, fashionably cut shirts feature modern, original art that depicts Hawai‘i’s natural, cultural, and historical traditions—in a way that challenges you to rethink and honor the present and the past. Like their “Big Five” design, where the phrase usually used for the five businesses that had almost total economic control of the islands is reclaimed and bestowed on the first five Hawaiian monarchs whose images appear on the shirt.

Round up a fetching specimen for everyone on your list, then you can celebrate your clever conquest at the watering hole next door.

Tonight, 4-9.30 p.m. at The Coral Loft, 1033A Smith St. and Hotel, above Amy’s Place. View designs at

Posted on Friday, May 2, 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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