Hawaii Fashion Month expands on the standard formula of Fashion Week and spreads it across a 30-day calendar of events, showcases, awards and unique shopping experiences that highlight Made-in-Hawaii labels. From locally designed denim to island-inspired jewelry, here are our top must-haves.
Frustrated with the lack of options for women her height and having to tailor clothes to fit, Allison Izu created a line for petite women (5’6” and shorter). Find your match among high-waisted shorts and relaxed-fit favorites. Allison Izu, Nordstrom Ala Moana, 1250 Ala Moana Blvd., 877.498.4981
You can’t pull off the island look without jewelry to match, and nothing reminds us of Hawaii more than a necklace that reads “aloha” or a set of bangles ordained with freshwater pearls. The two sisters behind Day and Nite have you covered. Freshwater pearl bangles, $35, Drift Boutique, 3434 Waialae Ave., 808.284.1177
Carry all of the day’s essentials along with a piece of Hawaiian history. These handmade bags from Organik Clothing are made from 100 percent Kona coffee burlap sacks and are perfect for beachgoers or topping off your sun-kissed, bohemian ensemble. The brand is also known for its casual, cut-and-sew tees made of organic cotton. Beach Bum burlap, $48, 531 Ahui St., 808.315.3500
Reigning from the renowned North Shore is Issa de’ mar, a swimsuit brand designed by two surfer girls raised on opposite shores of the Pacific Ocean. Daring cuts and flattering lines make their mix and match separates a must-have for a rendezvous in or out of the water. Sao Paulo One Piece, $165, Fighting Eel, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalakaua Ave., 808.738.9295
Keep your wind-swept hair under fashionable control with one of Cassandra Rull’s elastic headpieces. Various colors and patterns offer different looks for any day or evening outfit. Turban, $20
For more details, visit Hawaii Fashion Month's website.