September 28th, 2020 / posted by paularath

Style Section, New York Times, September 27, 2020

One of my greatest pleasures is reading the Sunday New York Times, cappuccino in hand, at a luxuriously leisurely pace.

The first section I read is, naturally, The Style Section. Today I loved Vanessa Friedman‘s take on Italy’s Fashion Week (bravo to Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons), Philip Galanes to-the-point advice on matters such as etiquette and ethics, and of course the always endearing Modern Love columns.

So imagine my delight this morning when I opened up The Style Section and found one of my favorite Hawaii-born designers featured as a woman of taste dispensing her wisdom on the subject of wedding gifts in the time of COVID-19.

Former Honolulu girl Bliss Lau is a style icon herself.

Yes, there was Bliss Lau, born and raised in Honolulu, a Punahou grad, presented as a style icon in none other than the NYT Style Section!

If you have ever met Bliss, you will not be surprised with this. She is the epitome of chic in an effortless, enviable way.

I first met Bliss when she was about 20, a student at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her chic clothes and elegant carriage stood out even in the kooky casual environment of a studio art class deep in Palolo Valley.

Photo of Bliss Lau from a story I wrote in The Honolulu Advertiser many years ago.

I have followed Bliss Lau’s career for decades now, from handbags to body jewelry (featured in Italian Vogue, among other international pubs) to her current high end jewelry line.

A few birthdays ago, Jerry bought me a gorgeous Bliss Lau pinky ring, and it is a treasure. Understated, classic yet supremely modern, I simply adore it.

If you are interested in seeing and shopping for a Bliss Lau original, you had better hurry. The only place Bliss Lau fine jewelry is sold in Hawaii is Riches Kahala, and Lo Kaimuloa just announced that Riches is closing on October 30. Of course I will be writing more about Riches very soon. For decades, I have said that Lo is the best buyer in all of Hawaii. What a terrible loss to those of us who appreciate beautiful, original accessories!

Paula Rath

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cathryn lau
October 1st, 2020 at 7:56 pm

Hey Paula,

Thanks for your years of support for Bliss. I think that photo and article you published all those years ago really launched her career. I still have it, laminated in my drawer and pull it out from time to time to rememeber your generous aloha.


October 1st, 2020 at 8:18 pm

Thank you Paula!!!! I appreciate your support. I am sad to see Riches closing but am honored to have worked with you and Auntie Lo. She is one of our original trailblazers in Hawaii for independent accessory brands and what she has done will be remembered. xx – Bliss

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