August 31st, 2012 / posted by paularath

Just a few of the plethora of colorful accents available now at Chai Studio.

I don’t know when Labor Day became such a big retail holiday but in 2012 it certainly is showing the signs. Why not go shopping while the guys are glued to football? And of course, think local first. Shop FOR local designers and shop IN locally owned stores!

Among my favorites is Chai Studio in Kakaako. Owner Amerjit Ghag has just returned from India with a bounty of fabulous finds. Many new artisans were discovered on this trip, including an indigo expert whose family roots go deep in indigo but whose aesthetic is thoroughly modern. She unpacks some every day so it’s worth repeat visits. They’re having a huge sale on just about everything today through Monday. Some items are 15% off; furniture and home decor is 20 percent off, other items 30% off.  She has some fabulous new accessories for home and body that really speak to me. They are all about color and verve and simply make me happy to be around. Here are a few photos I shoot last time I was in Chai. It’s just a tiny smattering of what’s there. Find Chai Studio at 675 Auahi Street. Phone 536-4543.

These Turkish towels are amazingly thirsty and take up a tiny space in your beach bag.

Amerjit designs a lot of the bedding and has Indian artisans make it for Chai Studio.

Love the ocean shades!

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Expect to find lots of other sales going on as local owners/buyers clear out their stores to make way for fall merchandise.

Find Fighting Eel on the corner of Bethel and Pauahi Streets. While you’re there, treat yourself to a Labor Day cupcake at Let Them Eat Cupcakes on Beretania, just Diamond head of Bethel. You work hard and you deserve it!
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Tapestries at Ala Moana and Pearlridge is having a sale on one of its most popular lines:
Fall / Holiday Trunk Show & Sale
August 31st – September 9th
15% Off all regular priced Cut Loose.
Trunk Show Samples
Pearlridge store          Fri – Mon, Aug 31st – Sept 3rd
10:00am – 5:00pm
Ala Moana store          Thurs – Sat, Sept 6th – Sept 8th
10:00am – 5:00pm
  • All prepaid trunk show orders will receive a 15% discount.
  • Due to the nature of this sale, ALL SALES ARE FINAL on your trunk show order.
15% Off all regular priced Baggallini.
Sale ends Sept 9th.
While you’re in Tapestries, be sure to check out the latest designs from You-Be by Chie Okada of Hawaii Kai. She has some lovely new prints! One of her latest tops has become my new “uniform.”
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And The Butik on Kapiolani Blvd. is having a blow-out sale:


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