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Holiday shopping at Vuitton

December 13th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

From left, Michelle Olo, Sherri Vallejo and Lizette Chang-Zahn show off the Louis Vuitton ensembles they tried on, complete with accessories from sunglasses to shoes. They are the tri-chairs of next year’s Sacs in the City event.

Louis Vuitton Waikiki opened its doors to the Junior League of Honolulu for a girl’s night out holiday shopping event Dec. 8.

It was a grown-up, dress-up party, with displays of scarves, jewelry, sunglasses, purses and other accessories set up for easy access to all who wanted to touch and try on.

JLH Board of Directors president Lisa Haeringer gave some of the opening remarks, saying that on days you don’t feel like a star, LV’s sunglasses and scarves will help, and 10 percent of sales that evening would go back to the JLH for the organization’s community outreach programs.

Chai Chaowasaree provided the food for the event, but I’d just come from an event at Halekulani, so didn’t have the capacity to sample any more ono-looking treats and desserts.

After dressing up in head-to-toe LV, the women lined up for photos by Rae Huo and Zakka. I wanted to try on the black dress Sherri Vallejo tried on, above, but I didn’t and regretted it the minute I stepped out the door. How many times can you put on LV and have the moment documented by such fab photographers?

Anna Pang helps Janice Choate-Zavakos with a monogram scarf.

JLH president-elect Jennifer Dotson tried on a trench coat with Monogram Vernis clutch, while Dianne Bosworth added a scarf and satchel to her own skirt and sweater ensemble.

Accessories were arranged for easy viewing and trying on.

Mildred Schwarz tried on Louis Vuitton’s dramatic wide structured patent belt.

Louis Vuitton Hawaii regional VP Dale Ruff with Cherye Pierce. (more…)

Kahala and the reverse-print: Fabric of history

December 2nd, 2011

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…)