Friday, May 3, 2013

Holding Patterns

Salato bags mix punchy colors and prints

Salato clutches

Your outfits say a lot about you, whether you're carefree, edgy, minimalist, preppy, or, in some cases, all of the above. So why is your basic, totally neutral handbag radio silent?

Time to make a statement with Salato's charming line of clutches, wristlets and totes by local designer Katie Evans. The Honolulu Community College fashion graduate mixes vibrant colors, prints, and fabrics to create playful combos that truly sing.

For a real conversation piece, snap up a two-toned foldover clutch - opt for classic colorblocking with black and neon yellow vegan leather or mix it up with striking chevron and florals. Real starfish accents and contrasting bow details add sweet touches.

And don't be swayed by size. A dainty wristlet in wildly doodled skulls or black-and-white paisley can speak volumes, while an ikat chevron or mustache-covered beach bag screams fun times ahead. They aren't all talk either - each bag is lined with sturdy interfacing for added structure and protection.

For now, the collection is limited to bags and one stunning kaleidoscope silk scarf, though Evans plans to add equally eye-catching bikinis and apparel in the future.

We've already declared our love.

Shop Salato in person tonight, 6-9 p.m., at House of Aria, 1140 Bethel St. or always on Etsy. Prices range from $23-$50 with $15 makeup bags debuting at tonight's trunk show.

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 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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