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Kahala and the reverse-print: Fabric of history

December 2nd, 2011
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Nadine Kam photos

Nat Norfleet was in town to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Kahala, the company his father Nat Norfleet Sr., founded. He’s with Michelle St. John of OluKai.

The 75th anniversary of the aloha shirt and Kahala Sportswear marked a homecoming for Nat Norfleet, who returned from California to celebrate the company his father, Nat Norfleet Sr., founded.

A celebration at the Kahala store at Ala Moana Center on Dec. 1 brought out watermen,  industry pros and friends of Nat’s when he was more serious about the waves than shirtmaking.

Of course, he came around, having, post-Kahala, launched labels of his own—Cooke Street and Norfleet—before arriving at Ocean Pacific, where he continues to innovate.

At the event, he gave props to Kahala parent—it’s a long story—Tori Richard, saying he’s pleased at the way they’ve managed to capture the waterman feel and continue the company’s legacy.

Paul MacLaughlin, a childhood friend of Nat’s, at left, flew in from Maui for the event, chatting with Tori Richard CEO Josh Feldman, center, and Dale Hope, in a 1950′s vintage silk Kahala shirt created by Nat Norfleet Sr.

It was interesting how the company managed to survive in the hands of other local kamaaina dynasties, from having been purchased by Dale Hope in 1986 (son of Howard Hope, who launched Sun Fashions and the HRH-His Royal Highness label), to currently, Tori, founded by Mort Feldman, now run by his son CEO/president Josh Feldman.

When talking aloha shirt history, there are all kinds of island lore about who started this and who started that, and with the principals gone, there are few who could refute or make the case for particular claims. But during my interview with Nat on Nov. 28, just after he arrived from the airport, the one thing he was adamant about was that he was there in the early 1960s, when Kahala came up with the reverse-print shirt, territory that I believed had been claimed by the Reyn’s’ McCullough clan over the years.

Nat told a story that seemed plausible because of its accidental nature.

Clockwise from left, Krishna Chatterjee, Dale Hope, Joss and Jimmy McMahon. (more…)

Dueling designers at Target, H&M

November 30th, 2011
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H&M video
Marni’s Consuelo Castiglioni styles models in her creations for H&M.

One more reason for Christmas to be over and done with: Come 2012, spring will be full of lightness and color, and budget consumers—just about everyone these days—can look forward to creations by fashion darlings Jason Wu, for Target, and Marni, for H&M.

The Jason Wu for Target collection is an exclusive, standalone, limited-edition designer collection that is not part of Target’s GO International or Designer Collaborations programs.

Wu’s collection, due Feb. 5, 2012, will reflect his “aesthetic of feminine sophistication, with a mischievous nod to the 1960s,” the designer said in a press release.

Pieces will range from $19.99 to $59.99 for apparel, and $19.99 to $49.99 for handbags and scarves. Images are due in January.

Marni founder and creative director Consuelo Castiglioni with Margareta van den Bosch, H&M creative advisor.

Not to be outdone, H&M will be offering a spring designer collaboration with the Italian brand Marni, which some would consider on par with Prada for its original, inventive and intellectual approach to fashion.

Marni’s founder and creative director, Consuelo Castiglioni, has created a spring collection for H&M for women and men that captures the spirit of Marni, full of lively African-inspired print.

“As always, I love juxtaposing prints and colors, mixing modern tribal with Bauhaus graphic and adding sporty utilitarian elements,” Castiglioni said in a press release.

The silhouettes are all Marni staples, with full pleated skirts, dresses, cropped pants and jacquard knits, in fabrics that range from silk to crisp cotton poplin. To complete the look, the collection also includes jewelry, shoes, bags and scarves.

I’m particularly interested in the chunky jewelry I’m seeing in the Marni video. I love the drama and arty quality of Marni jewelry. Just wondering about the quality and materials used in the H&M collection, vs. pure Marni.

The collection will be available from March 8, 2012.

Consuelo with more of her prints for H&M.

One of Marni’s men’s styles for H&M.