Vintage fabric gets new life as limited edition bags
Sponsored by Made in Hawaii Festival presented by First Hawaiian Bank
Vintage fashion collectors, you’ll want to hear this! Now you can own a piece of Hawaii history with a bag from Halia Hawaii. The brand gives new life to vintage fabric by creating quality, limited edition pieces. For the first time, you’ll be able to find them at the Made in Hawaii Festival from August 16 – 18 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall and Arena.
Halia in Hawaiian means “fond remembrance.” “A lot of our customers remember a fond memory of an auntie or a grandma when they look at our fabric, and we like hearing their stories,” says Stacy Lee, co-owner of Halia Hawaii.
The fabrics are from the Archives of Hawaiian Textiles and are hand selected. “We hand cut and hand sew everything in Hawaii,” Lee explains. “The great thing about Halia bags are that they’re all one of a kind. No one will have the same design as you exactly.”
Halia Hawaii’s most popular collection is its Farmers Market bags. Although the line was originally created because of Oahu’s plastic bag ban, Lee says most people use them as everyday purses. You’ll find them in four different designs: ranch, plantation, tetra and origami.
At Halia Hawaii, you’ll also find its leather collection and its popular pua wristlets. “It’s great for putting all of your things in and throwing them into your bags!” Lee says.
“We’re super excited to be included at Made in Hawaii Festival this year,” Lee says. In honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary, Halia Hawaii will be bringing a limited production of coin purses that were only carried once at its 2018 fall show at Riches in Kahala Mall.
If you can’t make it down to the festival, you can find Halia Hawaii at Riches in Kahala Mall, Homegrown in Pearlridge Center, and the Queen Emma Summer Palace gift shop.