Au naturel isn’t just how we like our food and beauty products. Lately, organic textures and earthy materials have also become our go-to’s in the style department, from minimal hemp and linen fabrics in our closets to warm unfinished woods in our interior design schemes. That’s probably why we’re crushing so hard on Salty Western’s latest handbags, leather and cowhide beauties replete with rough-and-tumble charm.
North-Shore-based designer Taira Barron first captured our accessorizing hearts when she launched her boho line last year. Think supple clutches with luscious cognac and coffee patinas, hand-stamped and cut in Hawaiʻi, and scrawled with gorgeous etchings of tropical flora.
For Nostalgia, her latest release, Barron turned to her paniola past for inspiration. The collection’s lookbook, shot by Brooke Dombroski, captures all the whimsy and wildness of her ranching days spent riding horses and chasing cattle on Mauna Kea. Horses gallop across Mokulēʻia’s undeveloped coastline, model Malia Murphy’s hair streams free in the wind with Salty Western’s new roll-top backpacks, bucket bags and buckled cross-body bags in tow.
Raw edges, solid brass rivets and luxe leather in deep washed black, rich caramel and light beige make an appearance, as does soft cowhide in a naturally mottled cocoa hue. It’s a tropical nomad’s sartorial dream.
Available at saltywestern.com, $120–$375.
Curated by HONOLULU Magazine’s fashion editors, StyleList brings you first looks at new boutiques, fun shopping roundups, outfit inspo, handy styling tips for your home, office and self, and the scoop on fresh releases from local and national designers.
Brie ThalmannManaging Fashion Editor
Writer and stylist Brie Thalmann has logged more than a decade in the local fashion industry. A pompom and high-waist-jean addict, when she’s not making giant origami or spray painting tropical leaves for photo shoots, she’s out hunting for ceramics and crafting it up. Her closet staples: artsy prints and easy-going silhouettes.
Stacey MakiyaSenior Fashion Editor
Stacey Makiya was meant for fashion ever since putting on a shiny velour jumpsuit at age 4. She’s interviewed fashion’s top dawgs including Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg, styled more features than the ridiculous number of shoes she owns, and has learned more than she could’ve imagined from the local creatives she’s worked with.
Natalie Schack is a design-loving, hiking-obsessed freelance writer born in the Island’s central plains, currently living in the city. When she isn’t scouting new fashion or crafting puns, she spends her free time daydreaming, yoga-ing, and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.