October 8th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Ron’s last design, hot off the sewing machine

Indige Design, the unique little Kaimuki boutique many of us have grown to love, will be closing its doors on October 19.

Owner/designer Ron Irwin reports his lease is up and he will not be renewing it.

So…that means everything in the store is on sale at deeply discounted prices.

Truth be told, this blog started to be about the tunic pictured above. It’s Ron’s last design, and the details are exquisite. But the tunic was sold within hours of being put out in the boutique, so this blog is about some of the other magnificent bargains you shouldn’t miss out on.

These popular pants come in many colors and fibers.

I love Ron’s narrow leg pants, with just the right amount of stretch to flatter your figure. They come in lots of colors, but the white pair are a go-to on hot summer days. Denim is always a favorite, and Ron’s denim is unlike anyone else’s.

There’s also a rack of chic women’s pants inspired by Japanese workmen’s pants in mixed prints that are fabulous with a simple T-shirt or tunic.

Wear it with leggings and ballet flats – so chic!

And where else will you ever find hand loomed or hand painted linen tops, tunics and dresses?

Everything in Indige is 30 – 75% off. Fabulous for holiday gift giving!

Owner/designer Ron Irwin is making arrangements for many of his garments to be sent to high end mainland boutiques, where they will undoubtedly be marked way up in price. Ron has spent many years visiting “his” village in Java, working with the weavers there to come up with highly original fabrics. I love knowing that this elegant man had a hand in weaving my new plaid hand-woven linen dress:

Javanese weaver who works with Ron.

Here is one of the weavers and looms that fulfill Ron’s exacting demands:

And the threads that become beautiful tunics, dresses and tops:

When I left the boutique today, there were still a few Tibetan carpets left, just a few men’s shirts (most of them were bought by none other than Robert Cazimero, a man of great taste), and some racks of beautiful pants, tunics, dresses, jackets and tops in knits and wovens of many varieties.

Ron is also selling furnishings from Indonesia and some beautiful handbags, hats and home decor items.

Indige Design is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through October 19. Then all pau.

Address: 3449 Waialae Avenue

Phone: 737-3377

– Paula Rath

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Elisa Johnston
November 14th, 2019 at 1:43 am

What a great pleasure it has been to wear Ron’s clothes these past several years. I have quite a few, I am happy to say, and expect to wear them forever. We will all miss the shop and now that Ron is gone we will miss him.

November 16th, 2019 at 1:34 am

I totally agree with you. His clothes are among the favorites in my closet. And I miss him a great deal. He was such a great man, with a depth of character and integrity that is rare.

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