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

October 4th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Remember these classic children’s books? These particular books are treasured editions, probably about 100 years old.

Ron Irwin is giving them away at his store, Indige Design, in Kaimuki. They belonged to his great grandmother.

Hurry to the store if you are a book lover, or know a book lover who would appreciate these very special editions.

While you are there, check out his beautiful Tibetan carpets, as well as his hand loomed linens and classic straight leg pants, with just the right amount of stretch; they’re among my favorites!

Paula Rath

October 2nd, 2019 / posted by paularath

Sassy shorts set from the ’60s or ’70s?

The Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiian Show was given a treasure trove of ’60s and ’70s fashions from an anonymous Aunty. More than 200 garments! Look for them at tables 72, 73, 6 and 7 at the show on Sunday.

Sometimes a holoku is the perfect thing to wear.

These fashions of the times are the real deal. If you recognize any of the specific garments, or know the print or the designer, please let me know via comment or an email. It’s fun to share the stories behind your muumuu memories too.

This shift could go anywhere today. Great neckline!

Does this muumuu remind you of anyone?

Remember the show will also feature a rare and fabulous collection of Ming’s jewelry.

Classic Ming’s silver jewelry.

Wiki Wiki One Day Vintage Collectibles & Hawaiian Show

Sunday, October 6

Blaisdell Center Hawaii Suites

10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hope to see you there!


Paula Rath

September 27th, 2019 / posted by paularath

I hope to see you tomorrow at one of my favorite fairs of the year, along with Nui Mono and Friends.

Leah Lee and I will be on the stage in Palolo to remind patrons of the importance of Palama Settlement in the life of our community. As Palama gears up for our 125th anniversary in 2021, we continue to provide a plethora of services for the folks in our neighborhood and beyond.

Did you know we have keiki classes in robotics and coding that draw enthusiastic crowds every class term? But there are Palama keiki who can’t afford the tuition. You can help!

And there are potential football players who sit on the sidelines because they are unable to afford the necessary equipment, as well as underprivileged seniors who want to learn to swim.

Come see us and we will find a way for you to kokua. Every single donation helps!

Did you know this is called the Rath Building, named after my grandfather, the founder of Palama Settlement?

Paula Rath

September 27th, 2019 / posted by paularath

Jerry was filmed in our living room with his 40 sketchbooks.

If you love the arts in Hawaii and haven’t yet discovered the new arts-related TV show, HI on Art, please check it out Saturday night, September 28,  at 11 p.m. on KWHE, Spectrum Channel 11. Or view it live online on the website at http://www.Hionart.com

Or you can do what we do and DVR it and watch it when we are awake!

It’s executive produced by Will Espero, a great friend to the arts and fashion in Hawaii.

Tomorrow night’s show will include Jerry and me talking about our art, our process and what sparks our passion. Please join us!

Paula Rath