Building a better handbag
A Selleria craftsman from Italy will be at Fendi in Ala Moana Center to demonstrate the art of crafting the luxurious leather handbags that are part of the design house’s Selleria made-to-order collection.
The bags are cut, assembled and stitched by hand, using techniques with roots in the Roman saddle-making tradition.
The craftsman will be demonstrating the process between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow. Call 973-3311.
Line of kids’ beach bracelets debuts
Marylea Conrad will be launching her keiki line of beach bracelets, Little Hands by ki-ele, during the second-anniversary party for Little Sprouts in Kailua, from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Beach bracelets are $25. The individually hammered jewelry, embellished with an assortment of puka shells and glass beads, is geared toward ages 4 and older.
Conrad said that while working on her adult bracelets, her two daughters put in their own requests, which caught the eyes of other moms "who want matching bracelets for their daughters and vice versa."
During the event, at 600 Kailua Road, Suite 106, there will be pupu, champagne and prizes.
Pandora Concept Store set to open
Valerie Yamashita will open Hawaii’s first Pandora Concept Store at Ala Moana Center with a celebration starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday featuring Panya cupcakes and a free gift with minimum purchase.
Pandora is known for its customizable charm bracelets, with a selection of more than 800 handcrafted charms in sterling silver, 14K gold, gemstones, glass, enamel and wood. The "charms" are in the form of beads that are threaded and twist onto specialized bracelets and necklaces.
The buildable nature of the bracelets allows wearers to add to the bracelets over time. Charms in silver, gold or a combination of silver and gold range in price from $25 to more than $700, with a starter sterling silver bracelet at $55.
In addition to charm bracelets, the boutique carries the entire Pandora collection, including the composable earring line, 18K Love Pod jewelry, Liquid Silver jewelry and the matching rings and necklaces of the Stories line.
Fall fashion trends get sneak preview
Those thinking ahead to the fall fashion season can get a peek at the newest collections during Trend Weekend, starting today at Neiman Marcus.
View the latest trends on the floor and during informal modeling throughout the store today through Sunday, and Aug. 19-22.
Tomorrow, meet Sergio Gonzalez, who will be presenting a trunk show from noon to 2 p.m. of Nancy Gonzalez exotic handbags, in Designer Handbags, Level One.
Then, view the Fall 2010 Dolce & Gabbana collection in Designer Sportswear, Level One, during an 11 a.m.-to-5 p.m. trunk show tomorrow and Saturday, with informal modeling from noon to 2 p.m. both days.
Shoppers who make a $350 purchase in regular-priced merchandise in Women’s Apparel, Accessories and Jewelry will receive a free gift, while supplies last, on the days of the event.
Dooney & Bourke offers Disney Princess bags
Dooney & Bourke’s new collection, a collaboration with Disney theme parks and inspired by D&B’s Pop Novelty Collection, is patterned with cameos of Disney royalty: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Belle.
The limited-edition Princess Collection comprises five handbag styles available at U.S. Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts and online at www.disneyparks.com/dooney.
Teen Vogue is offering a sweepstakes for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, plus a Princess bag and wristlet. For contest details, see Teen Vogue’s September issue.
Center offers cloisonne class
Registration is being taken for the next Shippoyaki Workshop taking place at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 and 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 21.
Participants will learn to create ornamental pieces such as earrings, pendants and brooches through the art of Japanese enameling, with the help of award-winning enamel and cloisonne artist Kazuko Inomata Sensei, a member of the Japan Cloisonne Artists Association who has taught the art for more than 30 years.
The fee is $15 for JCCH members and $20 for nonmembers. All participants pay an additional $5 directly to Inomata Sensei for materials.
The class takes place in the first-floor conference room at 2454 S. Beretania St. Call 945-7633, ext. 25, or visit www.jcch.com.
Lash out on Facebook
To launch its new Facebook fan page, neuLash will start a contest Monday asking, "What lengths have you gone to lengthen your lashes?"
Visit the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/neuLash.OfficialFanPage) to share your story, and one lucky winner will be selected at random to win a tube of neuLash, a luxury lash conditioner (retail value $150).
The company will continue to offer Facebook users monthly chances to win neuLash products by participating in interactive contests.
Nadine Kam, Star-Advertiser