Local designers showcased at OUTFIT (Part 1)
Wearhouse Sale: Accessories
It's only Monday, and yet, you've already experienced some major, ground-breaking revelations. Like: October is thisclose and you need to start giving your Halloween costume some serious thought. Or: Never again will you see Walter White poison anyone with ricin. Pretty heavy, we know.
Here's another revelation: On Wednesday and Thursday, dozens of local designers will gather under one roof for OUTFIT, Hawaii Fashion Designers Market, a two-day trade show that kicks off Hawaii Fashion Month. Last week, we gave you a preview of Aloha Sailor's debut. This week, we're going back behind clothed doors to bring you sneak peeks of even more fashionable finds.
What to look for: Modular jewelry and add-ons that can be rearranged to create several looks out of one piece. Try on the Complete, two open circles on an Italian box chain that can be worn six different ways, or Back Story, two bracelets that join to form a necklace with precious stones and pearls draped down the back.
Who designs it: Kimberly Ruchaber, who has a Master of Fine Arts from University of Hawaii at Manoa, handcrafts each piece in her Kailua studio. (Fun fact: the name KYOTÉ is a play on coyote or trickster.)
Where to find it: Booth 302
More information: kyotedesigns.com
What to look for: Classic, structured handbags in fun, playful prints like chevrons, leopards, florals and plaids. Each style is designed to be durable and functional with plenty of pockets. Don't miss Across the Pond and Back, a collection that features the Union Jack flag as a homage to both the UK and Hawaii.
Who designs it: Hunelle Ediza-Trenery grew up in a military family and served as a Human Resource Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve. Many of her designs reflect her worldly travels.
Where to find it: Booth 205
More information: handkhandbags.com
Henry Hats of Hawaii
What to look for: This local, expandable hat line just launched a collection of handmade, tie-your-own bowties in vintage, patterned and aloha print fabrics that expand to fit both keiki and adults with a unique s-hook to keep knots in place. Many are made from excess fabric scraps that come with matching flat caps.
Who designs it: Kailua resident Vanessa Perez started off making caps for her son, Henry, that were stylish and protected him from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Where to find it: Booth 308
More information: henryhatshawaii.com
What to look for: Clutches made from vintage Hawaiian muumuu and Aloha shirts and faux leather. Don't miss her new sequined clutches with vintage fabric interior and zipper pulls accented with turquoise and gold-tipped Maile leaf details, and canvas wristlets with rope handles.
Who designs it: Kehaulani Nielson sticks to vintage fabrics that were either made in Hawaii or sewn into locally-designed aloha wear. Her motto, "Make your own story," reflects a belief that clothing can hold the memories and stories of its wearers.
Where to find it: Booth 412
More information: facebook.com/kahulalea
What to look for: Jewelry and accessories with wood details and finishes from rings and watches to sunglasses and pens. Most of the woodworking is done here in Hawaii using top-grade koa wood harvested off the slopes of Mauna Kea. At OUTFIT, keep an eye out for new prototypes for sunglasses, phone cases and watches.
Who designs it: Remodeling carpenter Brett Gontarek wanted a unique wedding band that reflected his personality, so he developed a wood and tungsten ring coated with resin that was durable, waterproof and wouldn't get scratched on the job.
Where to find it: Booth 309
More information: ponowoodworks.com
OUTFIT takes place Wednesday, 1-6 p.m., and Thursday, 1-5 p.m., on the ground floor of Ward Village Shops, 1170 Auahi St., $3 admission. For more information, visit OutfitHawaii.com.