Ever since Marie Owens Mull was a student in the Apparel Design and Merchandising department at U.H.-Manoa she has known she would one day open her own shop. She trained in a wide range of venues including DKNY, Theory, Pacific Home and Abercrombie & Fitch.
Now she has fulfilled her dream with the opening of Owens & Co. on the corner of Pauahi Street and Nuuanu Avenue in Chinatown.
Marie started scouting all kinds of merchandise on the Internet with the idea that she would open a boutique carrying things no one else in Honolulu had.
She does not go to the shows in L.A. or New York. Rather, she scouts her merchandise on sights such as Etsy, looking for unique pieces “That go with the current, contemporary aesthetic,” she explained. The result? A light, airy place with an eclectic, colorful tropical home vibe.
Among her favorite things (and mine) are the vintage rattan arm chairs that she refurbished. She had the pillows covered in Trina Turk fabric, perfect for an informal Island lanai or living room. She plans to add more vintage furniture pieces.
Owens & Co. is a treasure trove of unusual gift possibilities. Mary Pat Wentz at Lanikai Pot and Plant provides beautiful succulents in vintage and handmade pots that make great hostess gifts and outlast fresh flowers.
There are also Bon Chic by Seda France candles, Fragrance Apothic roller ball fragrances, sized to fit in a handbag, selling for just $17.95. Also books, bags and pillows in fresh, uplifting prints.
Nicole Morrall, a Mid Pacific graduate who used to live on Kauai and now lives in L.A., creates fabulous necklaces (see below) from snake and fox vertebrae that she casts with recycled bullet cases. Her company is called Bones & Feathers. Hey, the former Alvin Ailey dancer found a way to make bullets work to our advantage. Hooray!
Owens & Co. is planning a grand opening party for March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Remember, there’s inexpensive parking in the Smith Beretania lot during evenings and weekends. It’s in the same block as the shop.
We mourned when INTO closed in Chinatown. Now we have Owens & Co. to fill that niche.
– Paula Rath