Archive for June, 2010

Rickard debuts Monarchy Collection

June 24th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
(except B&W and sepia)
The Iolani Palace pendant from Philip Rickard’s Monarchy Collection is $720.

Philip Rickard Honolulu debuted its Iolani Palace Monarchy Collection June 19 at its Ala Moana Center, Nordstrom Wing boutique.

The collection was designed with the notion of paying it forward. Like so many, or all of our cultural institutions, the palace is under-funded, though its charged with the important task of keeping Hawaii’s monarchial heritage alive. But it’s difficult to raise funds in a down economy.

Rickard got the idea that the palace’s gift shop could be utilized as an economic engine, envisioning a greater abundance of souvenirs that visitors could take home. But in keeping with the royal image, he created a line of palace- and royalty-inspired jewelry that could be sold in the gift shop, as well as his own stores, with a portion of proceeds from sales going toward continuing upkeep of the palace and its collections. It’s win-win.

Philip Rickard, center, greets Watters O. Martin Jr., with Allie Gasper.

The collection is the result of the Rickard’s research into jewelry of the monarchy, including the discovery, in England, of Queen Lili‘uokalani’s original bracelet, which he believes was “the original bracelet from which all Hawaiian heirloom jewelry originated.”

Czar Nicholas circa WWI. King George of England.

It’s easy to see why he would be so inspired. I love looking at portraits of the kings and queens and seeing what they wore, like King Kalakaua’s regalia at left. Their royal orders were enormous, studded with precious diamonds and rubies, and created to emulate European royals to convey equality on the world stage. In other words, it didn’t take the Hawaiian royals long to become fashion conscious.

As soon as I entered the shop, I spotted the Maltese Cross medallion Rickard was wearing. That was pretty cool, and just last night, as I was catching up with my reading, I came across this look from the New York Times, worn on the lapel of a Rag and Bone jacket:

Rickard’s version of the cross is much more luxe, symbolic of eight points of courage: Loyalty, piety, generosity, bravery, glory and honor, contempt of death, helpfulness toward the poor and sick, and respect for the church. Other pieces feature imagery of the palace, and a maile design inspired by chairs in the palace.

Prices range from about $785 for a pair of crown earrings to $7,200 for a Kulia e ka Nu (Strive for the Highest) engraved bracelet. The replica of Queen Lili’uokalani’s bracelet is $4,159.

The Iolani Palace Monarchy Collection is available at the Iolani Palace gift shops, the four Philip Rickard Honolulu retail locations in Hawaii, or online at

The stores are at Ala Moana Center (third level Nordstrom wing and near Centerstage), Royal Hawaiian Center (third floor Building C and ground level Building A) and Hyatt Waikiki.

Rickard is surrounded by guests eager for a close-up look at the Monarchy Collection.

A closer view of the Maltese Cross medallion.

Guests were welcome to try on and pass the jewelry around.

From left, Sylwia Kupiec, Scott Farley, Aimee Tadaki and Orly Maor.

Tom Corvo and Tracy Wright Corvo with Lance Rae.

Rickard wrote “Hawaiian Heirloom Jewelry: A Lasting Remembrance” with Henry Bennett.

Aeropostale’s $5 tees hard to beat

June 20th, 2010

Nadine Kam photos
Aeropostale employees bow their heads in prayer during the blessing of the new Pearlridge Uptown store. They’re dressed in plaids from the store, now part of its Bull Dog Sale.

Aeropostale opened its third Hawaii store at Pearlridge Center with a blessing that took place June 18.

Just in time for summer, the store is offering $5 T-shirts to invite new neighbors to come in for a look and stock up on casual, kickin’ around clothes. That price is hard for other retailers to beat, and other items are not much more, such as men’s polos for $16.99. Also available are sundresses, shorts, swimwear and tote bags.

Five (dollars) is the magic number for one of these logo shirts.

Men’s polos are $16.99.

Aeropostale makes its mark on the rubbah slippah.


Fun with Jacob and Edward in Nordstrom’s BP. department.

The summer sales are on and shoppers were out in droves at Nordstrom June 19, some in the BP. department, where the newest “Twilight” film “Eclipse” is enough reason for a mini red carpet set up, with cardboard versions of Taylor Lautner’s Jacob and Robert Pattinson’s Edward characters.

Before fans had their time on the red carpet, some Nordstrom staffers tested it out. The display will be up on Sunday as well, and don’t forget to inquire about entering to win tickets to a preview of the film on June 29.