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Matt Bruening’s PVNCH arrives at Milk & Honey

February 5th, 2012

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Designer Matt Bruening with his models, from left, Ella Aki, Momoko Metzger and Casey Evans.

Following up on his December fashion show, Matt Bruening presented the debut of his Spring 2012 line, PVNCH, during First Friday at Milk & Honey, 1128 Smith St., where there was informal modeling and shoppers were treated to a 20 percent discount between 6 and 9 p.m.

If you missed it, not to worry, the boutique will be carrying the line, in addition to it’s other brands, from House of Harlow to luxurious beauty products from Tokyo Milk.

I really love the House of Harlow headpieces they carry, but unfortunately I’m not young enough to be able to pull off the hippie-boho look like its creator, Nicole Richie, as in the photo below:

House of Harlow photo

While there, I ran into Julie Aragaki, who fixated on the necklace I was wearing. It’s sort of an illusion necklace with three gold discs embedded with a varying number of diamonds, plus two small brilliant-cut diamonds on a gold chain. When it’s worn, the pendants appear to form a constellation of varying lengths.

When I told her it was from Jade by Nikolai, she said she had to take a photo of it and send it to designer Nikolai Tsang, who has a knack for remembering who bought what.

I bought it for myself for Christmas of 2010, but sure enough, Nikolai knew I was there with Julie.

Milk & Honey co-owner Patricia Chang with the very comfortable-looking store mascot Mochi, who was a hit with shoppers.

Leesha Kubo in one of Matt’s chevron design cropped tees. It has a sexy, butterfly back like the example below in case you don’t know what that looks like:

Julie Ann Aragaki, right, with her daughter Arian. They made some quick rounds and were done with First Friday by 7:30 p.m.

Tory Burch drops into RHC

January 19th, 2012

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Tory Burch obliged dozens of fans, posing for photos during a private shopping event Jan. 18 at her Royal Hawaiian Center boutique to benefit the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The crowd was overflowing upstairs and downstairs at the Tory Burch boutique at Royal Hawaiian Center Jan. 18, with everyone eager for a peek and photo op with Tory herself.

There was definitely less breathing room on the second floor, where Tory—company founder, designer and CEO—held court for two hours during a private sales event to benefit the Honolulu Academy of Arts. Twenty percent of sales proceeds will go to the museum, and there was another table of Shop for a Cause merchandise to benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports disadvantaged women and female entrepreneurs with micro loans and business opportunities.

While here, Tory also met with some of Hawaii’s young female entrepreneurs Tuesday night to share her story and offer encouragement and support.

Arian Camilleri photo
Tory Burch, center, met with some of Hawaii’s next-generation female entrepreneurs Jan. 17, including, from left, Red Pineapple owner Nalani Holliday, Hawaii Angels managing director, Tara Boone, with Tory Burch Foundation executive director Terri McCullough, and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos co-owner Noel Pietsch Shaw.

Although the Tory Burch brand has been a fashion phenomenon, with 68 stand-alone boutiques and carried in more than a thousand specialty department stores and boutiques, many aren’t aware she achieved this in eight short years! She attributes part of her success to coming up with the right idea at the right time, with accessible luxury that ties in to lifestyle for anyone who’s constantly on the move and prizes comfort while looking professional and presentable at all times.

At the store, Tory gamely posed for what easily amounted to a thousand photos with fashion fans, and I took more than a dozen myself as she smiled her way through the afternoon. I swear she cannot take a bad picture and there must be some rule that says designers must be photogenic, not to mention telegenic these days.

My interview with the designer appears in today’s paper.

Tory signs a magazine for Ashli Sower.

Valerie Joseph’s Valerie Ragaza-Miao and Janette McKeone show their Tory Burch purses.

All profits from sales of select items from the Tory Burch collections benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps to provide economic opportunities and micro loans to disadvantaged American female entrepreneurs and their families. Items range from an iPad case, small ($55) and medium ($75) cosmetic cases, Tory Burch Foundation candles ($45 for trio) and TBF studded leather logo cuffs ($95 each) in multiple colors, ranging from white to metallic. You can also shop online at, by clicking on “Shop for a cause.”

Tory with Tory Burch manager of public relations, Kerry-Lynne Carrera.

The photogenic designer with Hemin Yoon and Ivan Lui. I don’t think she can take a bad picture.

Tory with Danielle Cason, left, and Serena Karnagy.

Ground level at the Tory Burch store, where a lounging area provides a backdrop for some of her prints.

A display of Tory Burch Patent Prescott 3 ballet flats ($250 pair) in woven patent leather.

A display of Tory Burch’s Spring 2012 designs.