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Borsalino at MAX&Co.

October 11th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

A photo of me taken in the Photo Ops Hawaii photo booth that was part of the MAX&Co. Il Mio Cappello (My Hat) event introducing its collaboration with Borsalino. I’m wearing Borsalino’s Milano hat.

MAX&Co. hosted an event Oct. 7 to introduce its collaboration with hatmakers Borsalino. The handmade hats, created with Max & Co.’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection in mind, are available in four styles that guests were able to try on while sitting for photos in Photo Ops Hawaii’s photo booth.

When my inner stylist noticed the Milano hat I was wearing didn’t quite mesh with my Hawaii garb, I donned one of the fur-collared jackets off the rack. A little while later, the store got its directive to make sure that everyone photographed with a hat is also wearing one of MAX&Co.’s coats. Makes perfect sense.

It was fun to play dress up. I love hats and these worked well for all who attended, including those who were shy at first, believing they don’t have “hat heads.”

The styles are:

Roma: The classic boho felt hat with a maxi brim. It’s unlined and can be folded up and fastened with a leather strap for traveling; $385.

Siena: A narrow brim felt hat with grosgrain band. Unlined and can be folded up for travel; $370.

Milano: Wide-brimmed felt hat. Also unlined and can be folded up for travel, and available in red and black; $370.

Torino: Small-brimmed hat available in two wool patterns, with nappa band and striped cotton lining; $295.

Production of each hat takes some seven weeks of labor, involving more than 50 processes.

Although the company’s golden age of hat production was from the 1920s through ’40s, when everyone wore hats (and dressed up in general), the company achieved cult status with a new audience when its men’s fedoras were featured in the 1970 gangster film “Borsalino,” starring Alain Delon and Jean Paul Belmondo, and the film’s 1974 sequel “Borsalino & Co.”

Alain Delon wears a Borsalino fedora in the 1974 film “Borsalino & Co.”

Chastity Malapit wears MAX&Co.’s  Roma hat.

The Roma has appeared in editorial from Harper’s Bazaar China, above left, to Vanity Fair, right, and Italy’s Grazia magazine.

Manca Sustarsic, left, and Young-sil Yang pair Borsalino Torino wool hats with MAX&Co. trenches. The Torino proved popular that evening because for Hawaii, it’s the least conspicuous to wear.

MAX&Co. store manager Avis Asao, right, was joined in the photo booth by her husband Gillis and stepdaughter Ashley.

Chastity Malalpit with a shopper in the Borsalino Roma.

Photo Ops Hawaii’s Joseph Abad shows how his photo booth is linked to his iPad so photos can be emailed or posted to Facebook on the spot.

Avis Asao in the Torino, with Portia Szymczak, left, in the Milano.

Tamae Erdman sits for the camera.

A shopper gets fitted in a MAX&Co. trench and Torino hat before sitting for a photo.

MAX&Co.’s fall/winter coats.

More fall/winter looks.

While we were playing dressup, I couldn’t resist trying on this knit rabbit fur hat, available in gray and brown at $130.

Proenza Schouler duo drop into Catherine’s Closet

April 8th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Capes will be big come fall, and Catherine Fong of Catherine’s Closet wears a vintage piece while showing a 1970s suede version.

Catherine Fong of Catherine’s Closet hosted a 1970s celebration April 1 at her new location at 125 Merchant St.

The 1970s theme was inspired by Barneys Japan’s premiere of the Catherine’s Closet Collection, a popup shop within the Tokyo store, which will open April 23 and continue for approximately three weeks.

After a feature on the vintage boutique appeared on Japanese television, Barney’s Tokyo executives flew a buyer out to Catherine’s to seek out pieces worthy of the high-end retailer. The buyer was particularly smitten by 1970s pieces and bought several dozen maxi dresses, feather hats and 30 Panama hats for resale in the popup boutique, as well as a red cape for her own use.

The boutique also had another brush with fame when a friend of Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez—together known as the designers behind Proenza Schouler—contacted me via Facebook regarding the best places for vintage shopping in Hawaii. There’s not many with the quality vintage enthusiasts expect, but I was able to share a short list that included Catherine’s Closet.

The designers were apparently thrilled and went home with 1960s and 1970s pieces, including a maxi dress, a purse and three short dresses. They were especially happy to find something Catherine could only describe as a “hair dress.” She didn’t get the term they used. But, could it be safe to guess we may find a bit of vintage Hawaii inspiration on their next runway?

Catherine’s Closet will celebrate it’s birthday on April 29, and 10 percent of sales at the boutique throughout this month will go toward Japan relief efforts.

The boutique is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Call 521-0772.

Kimberly Mitsuoka wears a 1970s jumpsuit next to a Catherine’s Closet display of more ’70s apparel.

Greta Gallardo spotted this vintage dress, tried it on and bought it on the spot. She has a great figure for vintage clothes, made at times when people were skinny and a 22-inch waist for women wasn’t considered drug- or anorexia-related.

Another dress Greta tried on.

Catherine’s Closet is known for its selection of vintage hats. She has a lot of white styles in stock, as well as feathered pieces, noting that Prince William’s and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding is coming up, and contemporary as she is, Kate tends to favor smaller feather pieces in lieu of hats. Below, Catherine wears a feathered clip by local “seamster” Sandra Ipo Bunnell.

Kellie Phyu already has a couple of vintage gold Whiting & Davis mesh purses, but was trying to decide which of these two to pick up next.