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GQ Lists Leather Soul In Shops Worth Traveling For

GQ Lists Leather Soul In Shops Worth Traveling For

Congratulations to Leather Soul for being included in the list of “Shops Worth Traveling For” in this month’s issue of GQ magazine.

The Hawaii stores are described by the magazine as “the two most lavish stores for wingtip fetishists.”

Founded in 2004 by shoe connoisseur Thomas Park, Leather Soul specializes in exclusive men’s footwear and accessories, carrying such brands as Alden, John Lobb, Saint Crispin’s, George Cleverley, Edward Green, Drake’s and Taylor Stitch. Leather Soul is located at 119 Merchant St. in downtown Honolulu and at Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. There also is a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 523-7700 or visit leathersoul.com.

Reyn Spooner Designs Shirt For Merrie Monarch Fesitval


Reyn Spooner has teamed with Big Island artist Eddy Y to design the 50th anniversary aloha shirt for the 2013 Merrie Monarch Festival. The limited-edition shirt celebrates the rich tradition of hula and pays homage to Hawaii Island, home of the renowned hula competition.

The aloha shirt, the first one ever designed for the festival, is available exclusively at Reyn Spooner retail stores and online at reynspooner.com.

Founded in 1963, the Merrie Monarch Festival honors the legacy of King David Kalakaua, who inspired the perpetuation of Hawaiian traditions, language and the arts. The weeklong festival, taking place March 31 through April 6, features an internationally acclaimed hula competition, craft fair, art show, hula shows and a grand parade through Hilo town.

“It is quite an honor to design an aloha shirt for the Merrie Monarch Festival. That it’s for the festival’s 50th anniversary makes it all the more exciting for us,” says Reyn Spooner CEO Kirk Hubbard III. “Our inspiration for the shirt came from a quote by the Merrie Monarch himself, King David Kalakaua: ‘Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people.’”

The aloha shirt features imagery from all the festival’s dance competitions, the eruption of Kilauea volcano, and the iconic scene of Mauna Kea from the festival. A variety of Hawaiian musical instruments along with portraits of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapiolani further add to the illustrative narrative. Made from the company’s trademark Spooner Kloth, the shirt is part of Reyn Spooner’s Classic Collection and retails for $94.

For more information, visit reynspooner.com.

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