August 26th, 2011 / posted by paularath

Bracelet by Badfish Booty.

For those of us who frequent Coffee Talk, the cozy coffee place on the corner of Waialae and 11th Avenues in Kaimuki, it’s a place to meet friends, catch up on our fashion mag reading or just hang out and people watch.  Sometimes it also becomes a Pop-Up shop for local designers.

That’s the case this Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Three local companies will share their wares at Coffee Talk:

Ecolicious Totes and Tees

Badfish Booty Natural Jewelry (see my story about them at

Salty Girl Hats and Tees.

Ecolicious is  the line of tote bags created by Carol D’Angelo of the U.H.-Manoa fashion department and her husband Dexter Doi, a textile artist with Tori Richard.

A mermaid from an Ecolicious bag.

Badfish Booty is a line of ocean- and travel-inspired jewelry by local girl (and U.H. student) Kate Hooven and her friends Rachel and Rebekah Rife. The three met as synchronized swimmers and Kate went on to become an Olympic synchronized swimmer which, I have to admit, blows my mind. (I’m one of those people who sits in front of the TV throughout the Olympics with tears running down my face because I am so moved by how much work it took for every one of those athletes to get where they are.)

Salty Girl Hats and Tees (not to be confused with Amber Chesebro’s Salty Girl Jewelry, which I wrote about in The Honolulu Advertiser in 2009) is the creation of Ramon and Lianne Vrielink. The couple is as serious about swimming as Kate Hooven. In fact, Lianne is also a former synchronized swimmer and coach, while Ramon swam for Canada. Since arriving in the Islands they have fallen in love with canoe paddling so Salty Girl has its focus on active wear, including paddling shirts and Tees.

– Paula Rath

What are they saying?
Leave a comment below.
August 26th, 2011 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the notice! Those Ecolicious bags look gorgeous. I will need to make a stop. My tip: Try the amazing pastries or desserts at JJ’s or neighbor Le Cacao Bistro while in the neighborhood.

August 27th, 2011 at 1:50 am

Oooohhh…that’s a good tip! My Fashion Forum members once threw a birthday party for me and Toby Portner brought a Chocolate Pyramid cake from JJ’s. I summon it into my imagination whenever I need a chocolate fix.


Leave a comment:
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *.