AR Atelier...

I have been busy opening our first Atelier in New York.
Can you believe these tangled cables?
The last tenant left these phone lines, and it took a whole day to un-install them...sweat01

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We are working very hard to get everything will be ready in this weekend.

We can see the intersection of Broadway and Houston streets through our windows.
From sunny spring New York!



ALOHA RAG Private line

Finally we received ALOHA RAG private line! This 100% cotton cargo pant took a while to get started and the final production fits very well with a beautiful line. Our original denim items will be here very soon!
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Luis Morais and....

These are Luis Morais new colleciton!!!
Luis uses a variety of power stones for this collection, and each stone beaded shape is his original design. We will receive this new collection very soon. So please check back with us!

In addition our Atelier will open very soon! We've just made a leasing contract for our private line. It will be AR designing & press room, also photo studio for our web site. We'll show you our special new ALOHA RAG Atelier very soon!

Back to NY!

A short break from my work @ Ala Wai Golf course in Hawaii... and I'm back to New York now!


A short stop in LA

I visited FREECITY's exhibition show.
And I found this hat~!

And Malibu~~~~~
I stayed in LA for only one night... unfortunately....=(

a shot at our NY store, just before I left.

Some photos for you...


I found a few interesting photos from my camera the other day. Here are some photos for you...
This car is displayed in the boutique Merci in Paris. Can you see the liberty flower print on the car? The shop is nice with a lot wide space...more than I expected. They will donate some potion of sales to support children in Madagascar.
111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, 75003 

This is a statue in the hotel entrance.
I really feel that Paris is a country of L'Amour...(LOVE)

Here is a photo from New York at Swarovski & Co's Showroom.
  Even their bathroom signs toilet  are made by Swarovski !
Swarovski & Co New York
499 Broadway (Btwn Spring & Broome)
New York, NY 10012


I'm back!

Back to New York~~~!It was very chilly in Paris.
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Last day in Paris

These COMME des GARCONS x Repetto collaboration shoes, are sharp.


@ the Dries Van Noten showroom


Check it out Dries Van Noten's Military Jacket...... It's so cute!


I picked the military style items this season,  instead of basic prints.
I will be visiting Balenciaga and YSL, and then I'll be back in New York!

COMME des GARCONS in ARNY .... Arriving Fall 2010

Great news!!! COMME des GARCONS will be arriving in our New York Store this Fall Winter.


The front part is a basic trench style, and the back resembles a knitted cardigan.  This COMME des GARCONS short coat is totally amazing!

The photo below is one of Ann Demeulemeester's latest item.


We have been carrying  Ann Demeulemeester for four (4) years, but we have never seen RED in their clothing line. Pictured above is a new fit model in their showroom, and..... she is my type!

And then the Marin Margiela Home Collection.


We ordered some items for Spring Summer, unfortunately they weren't able to ship this season. But don't worry, we will have Fall Winter collection.

Please look forward to seeing them soon!

Two days in Paris

I visited Tranoi on my first day in Paris.  LANVIN and Thomas Wylde on my second days. I saw Paula (Thomas Wylde Designer) during my appointment. I was so glad to see her again, she has great energy as always.


Attention please! Madonna will wear this dress for the Oscar awards... And we will carry this dress next season.


Always Thomas Wylde shoes and bags have studded characters. The next season will come with cone studs.


To be continued.... my Paris buying tour!


Another photo shoot

We will start our photo shoots again tomorrow, one day for Women, and next day for Men's. And we'll shoot a total of 100 items for women... how exciting!


I'll style the shoot with my assistant, and we'll upload the new items to the website within a week. Please look forward to seeing them soon!


I was totally falling love with this Dries Van Noten  jacket since the first time I saw it.
It is decorated with costume gems and pearl stones around neck and front opening.
We'll carry Dries Van Noten in our Hawaii store starting this season!


The last day of our NY buying trip...


Balmain x Giuseppe Zanotti Design Collaboration Sandal... Our buying team members love it so much. I realized that girls really love bows!


This is a photo from the SOHO HOUSE HOTEL bathroom, I had to let you see how beautiful it was.  Lucien Pellat-Finet's FW10 show was held inside the Soho House.  I wish I could have a bathroom like this in my place....



Current Elliott x Marni Collaboration will debut soon! It will be very exclusive, we will inform you with more details later!


New day & New collection

I visited The Row showroom with my two assistants, & the new day has just started. They have an amazing collection.  Needless to say they are my most favorite brand for the upcoming next season.  I am excited!!
Then we visited The News showroom to select the R13 denim collection.
and then off  to Diane Von Furstenberg ...

And.... running around all day long, finally it's a dinner time. We did a Shabu Shabu party @ my place, with the request from my assistants, and of course we had the super special Kobe Beef!
Thank you for a great job and assisting me all day long!!!!

Japan Premium Beef, Inc
57 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012
phone 212 260-2333



All day in MMM showroom

Our buying tour has started! We visited Mason Martin Magiela showroom from 10:30am till 8pm all day. Mens, Women and accessories... we picked many great pieces there!
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 The photo below is a MM's unisex new boot.  I highly recommend this item for the season.

FW10 Thakoon Runway Show!

The Buyer's sheet
It must be Anna Wintour who was sitting on the first row...
I believe that Thakoon is one of the most remarkable designers now. This is my second visit to his show.  He uses a mix of chunky & fluffed fur in his Fall & Winter 2010 collection.  They look very cute and feminine as well. His new collection is very attractive and all of it catches my eye. 


After the show, I went to get a much needed foot massage, because appointments and shows takes alot of running around the streets of NY.  A parlor on Mott street (China Town).  Soothing...I have to relax a moment for the up-coming buying season...
The place is open 7-days a week, $40/hour, they even  have a Japanese masseuse.  Mr.S., I have to tell you that your hands are amazing.
And here is a photo from the street in China town... it's a bit messy after celebrating the Chinese New Year!!! Year of the Tiger!!



I heart02 ALOHA RAG~~~~~


Photo Shoot NYC

We had another photo shoot this week. It lasted 8-hours, shooting shooting and more shooting! I always love to see our merchandise on our models, because I can see lines and details of the clothing.

We featured new models, Ly and Mike, and also Jillian. The photos of Jillian is already on our site now! OK, here is our new photos, just a peek!!!
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Hope you like them all!!

And.... This is me with the LANVIN wool hat, FW09 collection.



photo shooting Day 4

We had our fourth photo shoot in our store. We have built up our shooting process, and all of our staff members and models work very smoothly now. We shot 95 items including items from Alexander Wang, Henrik Vibskov, Martin Margiela, Jasmine di Milo, 3.1 Phillip Lim(MENS & WOMEN), KZO etc... I think we did great job! Thank you very much to Jillian and Mac for modeling for our site, and also Jon for taking all the great photos. These photos will upload on our site very soon. Please look forward to seeing them very soon!!! If you see any items that you are interested, please call our NY store anytime!

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The night in Paris...

I took these photos after our appointments in Paris.. I walked around the city alone not letting anyone know where I was going that night. It just started to getting dark at 9pm there, when I arrived to the Eiffel tower and the lights had just went on....

Many people came to visit under the Eiffel tower after they heard about Michael Jackson's death that night. I realized that he had many fans in Paris also... People were gathered together and singing his songs. It was a very beautiful and emotional moment there.... I wanted to join them and sing some songs, but I am not good singer, so I decided to be an audience...




The first photo shoot @ ARNY

We had our first photo shoot at ALOHA RAG New York yesterday. We will re-new our online boutique starting next season. Currently, our style photos are done using mannequins, but we will be using live models starting with our Fall/Winter collection. You may see more details for each item on our site very soon!

Because this is our first photo shoot in NY, it took a while to set up all the photo equipment in the store. As soon as we started taking photos, I was so excited to see all our new items on our models... The images during my buying tours, just came into my view. I can't wait to show you everything on our site very soon!
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