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Shop: Barrio Vintage

December 6th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos
Barrio Vintage curator Bradley Rhea, right, with Jonathan Saupe and shopper Tamara Allen.

While waiting Friday night for the Milk & Honey fashion show to start, I wandered upstairs to the Chinatown Artists Lofts in the neighboring Mendonca Building to stop by Barrio Vintage, which, like a rare blossom, opens but two times a month, on First Fridays and Slow Art Friday on the third week of the month.

While I was browing the racks, it was great to turn around and see the familiar face of stylist-owner Bradley Rhea who I’d met a couple weeks before at Nordstrom.

Having moved here from the desert and big sky locale of Tucson, Ariz., Bradley still marvels over some of the otherworldliness of Chinatown, but feels Barrio Vintage fits in with its combination of “style surprises and great prices.”

Great prices is right. I was a little scared looking at a white sequin blouse with no price tag in sight. I was imagining up to $40 would be fair. So when Brad said $10, I was like, “Sold!”

Deena Frooman, who tried on one of Barrio Vintage’s coats, while her friend Stacy Cowell tried on a vintage Hawaiian print blazer, said she had a ready caption for this photo: “We’re vintage and so are the clothes.” Thanks for that!

Another girl who was snatching up $3 pieces from a suitcase was more emotive, saying, “I love this place and I love you guys!”

Going through the suitcase, I found a cute polka dot skirt that reminded me of Marni’s spring 2012 print for H&M, but had to pass because it might have been too small.

I didn’t stay long because the show downstairs was about to start, but I look forward to seeing what’s coming in months ahead since he has ideas of collaborating with like-minded artists, independent jewelry designers and apparel designers with a similar aesthetic.
Barrio Vintage is at 1109 Maunakea St. #208.

Goodwill ready to go GLAM! in 2012

August 22nd, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Dr. Nancie Caraway addressed the crowd at the Fashion Wine Walk Aug. 19 after it was announced that she is the honorary chair for next year’s Goodwill Goes GLAM! event.” Sharing the stage were her husband Gov. Neil Abercrombie, designer Andy South and Goodwill Industries of Hawaii president and CEO Laura Robertson.

The Fashion Wine Walk Aug. 19 was the place Goodwill Industries of Hawaii unveiled its plans to present the inaugural “Goodwill Goes GLAM!” from Aug. 23 to 26, 2012.

After 19 years of successful but conventional fundraising events, Goodwill is going big, with a marketplace of more than 70,000 reusable treasures to take place at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall, along with daily interactive activities that will showcase “green” career pathways specific to Hawaii’s fashion, retail and style industries.

Stage presentations will feature such topics as “professional dress and job readiness,” contest winners from “best of the best” awards recognizing reusable goods remade from items in Goodwill stores, hourly shopping spree drawing winners, and talk story sessions with fashion, retail and style experts.

Makeover recipient Tina in a look from Goodwill, styled by Kyle Kagamida with makeup by Rene Rodriguez.

Plans also include an exclusive VIP fashion show and gala dinner on Aug. 23. VIP night attendees will have the first “VIP Pre-Sale” opportunity to start hunting for style treasures.

FAST PASS holders who purchase early bird tickets will also have access to an exclusive “red carpet” experience. Benefits include the ability to bypass entrance lines over the three shopping days, tickets to the VIP night, reservations to “Best in the Business” training track sessions, front row seating at stage presentations, and shopping experience enhancements such as fast check out.

Ticket information and hours will be announced at a later date.

Ticket and retail proceeds will benefit Goodwill’s job placement and skill building programs in Hawaii and enhance current scholarships and stipends to help people with employment barriers reach their full potential and become self-sufficient.

Old Navy has already pledged to donate 50,000 hangars to Goodwill to help in their effort.

To be placed on the FAST PASS waiting list, visit For information about becoming a Goodwill Goes GLAM! sponsor or partner, call 836-WORK. For the latest news from Goodwill in Hawaii, follow @GoodwillHawaii on Twitter or friend “Goodwill Industries of Hawaii” on Facebook.

The announcement was followed by mini fashion shows by Florencia Arias, Catherine’s Closet, Fashionista’s Market, Super Citizen, MiSH MaSH, and of course, Goodwill!

Tiare Thomas models a dress and accessories from vintage shop MiSH MaSH.

Models in glam looks from Fashionista’s Market.