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Aloha Rag has long been a favorite of fashionistas for its cleverly edited selection of well-known designers like Alexander Wang, Dries van Noten, and Elizabeth and James mixed in with less famous (but still as cool) labels like Charles Anastase and Anna Purna. So when the Honolulu-based boutique launched their first in-house collection last month, we knew we could expect great things. 

Designed by owner Tatsugo Yoda, the pre-fall line is inspired by his travels to fashion cities throughout the world as a buyer and also integrates his own style and artistry. The result is a mixture of nostalgic Americana basics and reinterpretations of military wear. Think loose-fitting button downs, jackets, hoodies and striped tees. Here are some of the pieces we’re coveting:

The collection retails starting at $80 at or in the boutiques located in Honolulu (1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 115) and New York (505 Greenwich Street).

cridecoueur_thumb.pngFor cocktail parties to weekend brunches, vegan footwear label Cri de Couer has you covered. Founded in 2007 by Gina Ferraraccio, the collection is handmade and features rich color combinations, supple vegan materials, and stylish yet comfortable heel shapes. The name means “cry from the heart” -  this phrase symbolizes the designers’ heartfelt desire to change the fashion footwear market. And with such wearable and fashion-forward shoes, they just might acheive that goal! For more information or to shop, visit Here are some of our favorite picks:


buttons_thumb1.pngBored with your old cardigan or jacket? Personalize it with chic new buttons! Remove the original buttons and sew on some cooler options, like these handmade pieces available on Etsy. Another great place to find buttons is your local craft store. Mix and match colors and metals for a unique, boho feel.

Handmade Porcelain Button Circles, $12 for 6 at, fringing, and buckles detail Bryna Nicole’s chic leather shoulder bags, which sell at an affordable price without sacrificing style or quality. Based in San Francisco, the collection combines uptown sophistication with downtown originality. The designer (by the same name) wanted to create trendy, high-end handbags that wouldn’t cost a fortune, so she launched her line in 2006. The line is now sold in stores throughout the US and several online stores, including Bluefly, where the bags retail for $205 to $265.
forloveandlemons.pngStill a little too risque for some (I wouldn’t wear it to brunch with grandma), bondage-inspired looks have emerged as a trend that’s here to stay, at least for a while. Drew Barrymore rocked this look in Elle’s August cover shoot, donning strappy black dresses, leather gloves, and a shredded dress. Get the trend at an affordable price with For Love & Lemons, a young, trendy brand that features jersey, spandex, and rayon garments that fit like a glove. Their edgy dresses and buckle pants (pictured above) are $139 each at If you’re not feeling the whole bondage trend, worry not - they have a slew of stylish tees and dresses you’ll love!forloveandlemonsthumb.png

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