Shopping Local on O’ahuWords by John Roark
Photos courtesy of Ginger 13
Thanks to a renewed passion for culture and community by a new generation of millennial chefs, boutique owners and artists, more couples are now choosing O’ahu over the other Hawaiian Islands for destination weddings.
“For a long time, the big corporations really ruled the business scene and now our young people are stepping up with creative business ideas that appeal to the millennial market,” says executive director of O’ahu Visitors Bureau, Noelani Schilling-Wheeler.
“O’ahu plays host to a multitude of local makers and designers who can add a sense of place to your wedding look,” says Schilling-Wheeler. “The beauty of O’ahu is not only in the scenery, but in the local flavors and styles that can be incorporated into your special day. It is also a great way to give a little back and support local designers. As we say on the island, ‘When on O’ahu, do as O’ahu does.’”
We’ve all seen it—brides and grooms-to-be lugging garment bags through airports. The dress, the shoes, the tux and the hassle. Consider this: buy local. Support the island’s own. What could be easier—or more authentically Hawaiian? O’ahu boasts a number of designers and shops that feature authentic Hawaiian-made wedding attire for both men and women.
This O’ahu-based couture dress designer creates one-of-a-kind gowns in vintage fabrics. Opt for an exquisite custom creation or choose from her ready-to-wearcollection. Whatever your fashion sense, “You just gotta rock it,” she says. And you will.
de la Rosa
With a line of elegant—but unconventional—gowns and separates meticulously handmade in Hawaii, owner/designer Rachel Flemister offers exquisite bridal attire with distinctively modern silhouettes.
Love & Lace
Believing that the dress should not overshadow the bride, this cozy boutique prides itself on its line of chic and elegant gowns. As the exclusive retailer for award-winning designers, including Amy Kuschel, Sarah Janks and Made With Love, your one-on-one consultation promises to be stress and frustration-free.
If your style is more boho than button-up, don’t miss this Honolulu studio. Jewelry designer Cindy Yokoyama seamlessly fuses art, nature and the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands in distinctive accessories including necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
The best-dressed men on the islands have something in common: the Aloha Shirt by Roberta Oaks. Every groom will say “I do” to this sexy update of the traditional and iconic Hawaiian print shirt, featuring modern tailoring and retro cool vintage-inspired fabrics.
Note: This is a preview to the O'ahu story in our Spring/Summer 2018 issue. The issue will be on news stands in February of 2018.
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