A new lifestyle store in Ward opens our minds (and our wallets) to unique products
The island boy meets the world.
AAndrew Mau’s space, Island Boy Shop, is likely to end up on travel blogs and shopping sites as a must-see here place when visiting Honolulu. Why? He looks for products that are both stylish and sensitive that excite and educate customers. “A brand must create a stellar product that integrates design, function and innovation, whether local, national, international, new or vintage,” says Mau. “I am also concerned about inclusiveness; the shop should have something for dads, kids and buyers looking for a design that is not that simple.
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True to her words, when we searched her cozy boutique / studio space adjoining art exhibition hall Fishcake, pretty banana and peach blown glass pipes by Oregon artist Michael Sorenson caught up with us halfway through the race. An elegant squad of lighters in chic hues and packaging, classic Rhode Island label leather goods Lindquist. and cleverly designed Oigen the cast iron pans from Japan, much sexier than the 12-inch and 12-pound versions, add to the cool vibe of the store.
And not to sleep on local creators, Mau springs up on a blue chalcedony local designer ring M33ms. “It’s a 50 carat raised stone from Turkey it’s very clean, ”he says. Matt Bruening bags, Language of the Birds dresses and Oshan Beauty Essentials also representresent our brilliant creative community. Of course, Mau’s own pieces, from her Mau-House design studio, will be staples to shop – limited edition jewelry, freshly designed note cards and unique pieces from interior decoration, but it avoids representing too much. “I aim to focus on the talented designers around me,” says the island boy. “The studio is in the same space, so that anyone interested can spend time there.
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