We’re At The Made In Hawaii Festival! Here’s A Look

The Made In Hawaii Festival is an annual tradition for many designers and local discerning trend hunters. Every year, food, health/beauty, apparel/accessories, gifts, books, artwork, crafts and other treasures are found by shoppers, made by the talented creators who live in Hawaii. This year is one of the best we've ever seen.

The Made In Hawaii Festival is an annual tradition for many designers and local discerning trend hunters. Every year, food, health/beauty, apparel/accessories, gifts, books, artwork, crafts and other treasures are found by shoppers, made by the talented creators who live in Hawaii. This year is one of the best we’ve ever seen.

For the first time ever, we’re set up in the Pikake Room as part of the New Products Showcase, organized by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism where there’s entertainment, fashion shows, and eight Hawaii Fashion Incubator (HIFI) boutique designers: Alohiwai, Genuine Guava, Indigo Sage, JenStone Jewelry Hawaii, Kai Ea Hawaii Jewelry, Naturally Young at Heart, Route 99 and Sea Swept Hawaii.

Participating designers in the HIFI Boutique are premier members of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX), HIFI’s new membership platform launching this summer. HFX is an online directory where the industry can connect, collaborate and promote their work, and where the public can discover the faces of Hawaii fashion.

Indigo Sage is an island lifestyle brand of women’s apparel and swimwear based on the principles of sustainability and social responsibility.  Each piece is designed and handmade by owner Taleah Smith in Waimea on the Big Island using the finest eco-friendly materials she can find.  www.indigosagedesigns.com

HIFI member Kahualea is in the main showroom, showcasing her one-of-a-kind Koa bags with vintage Hawaii fabric.

Route 99 is a line of trucker caps and other hats, with embroidered/appliqued designs, made by North Shore Embroidery in Haleiwa, where Kamehameha Highway becomes Route 99. www.northshoreembroidery.com

Naturally Young at Heart is a children’s apparel and accessories company in Honolulu. instagram.com/naturallyyoungatheart

JenStone Jewelry Hawai‘i, designed by Jennifer Chun of Pearl City, offers bright colorful jewelry inspired by Hawaii’s Natural Beauty and featuring handmade art glass. www.HawaiiKilnGlass.com

Genuine Guava was created by Honolulu designer Kawehi “Guava” Kuhau’s lifetime love for bags, guava juice, and the simple island lifestyle. Her handcrafted bags are reconstructed and designed from recycled vintage materials making every bag a one of a kind piece. www.genuineguava.com

Sea Swept Hawaii, from Kailua-Kona, makes its own line of custom jewelry. www.seaswepthawaii.com

Big Island-based Kai Ea Hawaii Jewelry is the creator of the original Hawaiian Island shaped jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, bangles in each island shape as well as other designs using semi-precious gemstones, Tahitian and freshwater pearls, and shells. www.facebook.com

Alohiwai clothing is hand-made on Hawaii Island using a Tahitian style of solar painting and printed with leaves picked from the island. www.facebook.com


 

The Made In Hawaii Festival is at the Neil S. Blaisdell Arena and Exhibition Hall on Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 per person, with children age six and under free.

Learn Fashion Photography From A Pro: HFX Mentor Mark Arbeit

HIFI's Hawaii Fashion Exchange hosts its second HFX Mentor Workshop with Arbeit, who will host a very special hands-on workshop on the theory and practice of editorial fashion photography.

Photographer and HFX Mentor Mark Arbeit (above, left) captures something soft and sensual in every picture, whether it’s a work of portraiture, fashion, experimental, studio work, landscape or documentary.

At the beginning of Arbeit’s more than 40-year career, he worked as an assistant, to fashion photography icons Helmut Newton and Irving Penn. As he matured into his work, Arbeit’s stunning editorial images showed up in nearly every major fashion magazine, including Vogue, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair, and many others.

Now based in Honolulu, Arbeitis still busy raising his family, experimenting with photograms, and shooting for clients such as HONOLULU Shops, Ala Moana Magazine, and HILuxury.

Arbeit’s participation as an HFX Mentor evidences his generosity and shared commitment to community-building and elevating Hawaii fashion. On August 30, 2014, Arbeit will offer a live photo shoot workshop for HFX Members (photographers and other professionals alike) to demonstrate the elements involved in creating a dramatic editorial fashion shoot (details are below).

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It started in California, when a boutique owner let Arbeit, a burgeoning photographer, practice shooting her and her clothes for her promotional use. She would send him to London and Germany to shoot the fashion shows there.

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“I first lived in Hawaii in 1969 and went to McKinley High School,” Arbeit says. “But I left to go to the Art Center College of Design in LA [after attending the University of Hawaii]. I really started out in fashion. We had an assignment in school to pick an industry; I picked fashion. I met this woman in Beverly Hills, asked if I could borrow her clothes and take pictures of her. We had a 10-year working relationship.”

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“My first three-to-four years in Europe, she kept me on a retainer. I would just travel to London and Germany, shoot all the fashion shows. She had pics of every outfit. This was before the magazines were even doing it. We would do ads in LA magazines, ads for her boutique. She got me started; she’s the one who said to me, Helmut Newton is coming to the store. He’s in town from Europe. And so a friend of mine waited since the morning. We met him because of her. He invited us to show our books, then to a shoot, and we slowly became friends for the next 30 years.”

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In his beautiful monograph, titled Work, Arbeit writes about a time assisting Newton:

“I assisted Helmut photographing Egon Von Furstenberg for GQ magazine. In the third and last shot, Helmut was photographing Igon in a full-length fur coat under the Manhattan Pier in LA. After shooting one roll of film for about an hour, Helmut said, ‘We’ve got it!’ I opened the camera to unload the film but there was no film inside. I’d forgotten to load the camera after the last shot. I thought Helmut would kill me, but he said nothing and started all over again. Later that night Helmut said to me, ‘Mark, there are assistants and there are photographers, and you are not an assistant.’ I took that as a compliment.”


 

HIFI’s Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX) hosts its second HFX Mentor Workshop with Arbeit, who will host a very special hands-on workshop on the theory and practice of editorial fashion photography.

Suitable for aspiring to experienced photographers as well as designers, stylists, and others interested in learning how to set up and capture a dramatic fashion image, the workshop will include a live photo shoot with opportunities for participants to take their own photos.

Registration is FREE for current HIFI/HFX Professional and Premier members (log into your profile to view the free option), and $50 for non-members (the full fee can be applied toward an HFX Membership).  Space is very limited, and participants provide their own cameras (lighting and other equipment provided).

Most of the class will take place on location — participants should come prepared to walk a short distance from the HIFI COOP.  The class will take place mostly indoors.

Editorial Fashion Photography Workshop with Mark Arbeit
Saturday, August 30, 2014
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Click
here to register and for more information.

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All photos courtesy Mark Arbeit

 

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