It’s no secret that our little neighborhood in Chinatown is quickly becoming a hub for young creatives and entrepreneurs. Since we opened Owens & Co. just over a year and a half ago, we’ve been ecstatic to see new life brought back into this historic part of Honolulu. But best of all, we’ve become great friends with our neighbors. Recently, the always-stylish Lindsey Higa of Fighting Eel fame celebrated the one-year birthday of her fashion blog, Pineapple Ice. To help ring in her anniversary with a gift, I was able to snag a watercolor likeness of Lindsey by artist Jennifer Vallez. I think it turned out absolutely amazing and Lindsey was over the moon about it. Congrats to Lindsey on her first anniversary, we can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
So our friend Daniel Ito, the editor at our beloved Contrast Magazine, stopped by the shop to say hi and do a quick interview. As usual, Ito charmed the socks off us and did a really great writeup on the store on the Contrast blog. Thanks Ito, you’re always welcome at Owens & Co. You can check out the story below and make sure you support local, indigenous journalism and our friends at Contrast. You can read the write up in its entirety by clicking…you guessed it….here!
We were ecstatic to find a write-up on Owens & Co. from Lei Chi in our email this morning! In case you missed it, here’s a quick pull quote:
“Owens Mull combed Etsy and blogs for the little-known finds joyfully scattered throughout the airy space: colorfully-painted glasses by New Arcadia Studio, a rainbow of patterned Kerry Cassill linens, Rifle Paper and Egg Press notecards, and even pillows she covered with hand-embroidered textiles from the Otomi Indians in Mexico.
And it’s not just about decorating your home. You’ll feel good as gold in the oddly cool bone-inspired jewelry from up-and-comer Bones and Feather, and the surprisingly delicate and feminine skull and moon necklaces from Michelle Chang.
There’s also hand-poured candles, desktop-sized greens from Lanikai Pots and Plants, and the first issues of hard-to-find Bay-area-based home and lifestyle magazine Anthology.
It’s the perfect gift stop to keep your boss from seeing red. Because if your silver tongue can’t get you out of trouble, a least you’ll have a chic way to brown nose.”
You can read the whole article here.
As we near our opening date, the last bit of inventory we need to open the store has been trickling in. Today, we received a shipment from our friends at the Bones and Feathers Collective in LA and couldn’t have been happier opening up the box. Bones and Feathers specializes in a line of jewelry and handbags modeled after—you guessed it—bones and feathers. It’s quite lovely and I can’t wait to show it off at the store. In the meantime, here are a few photos I snapped to tide you over. —M.