Introduction to Owens and Co.

A vignette of merchandise from Owens & Co.

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.

Marie Owens Mull and ikat beach (or baby) bag.

 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.

Succulents in pretty pots.

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.

Love those polka dot bath mats!

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!

Sorry! I bought this and she only had one. She can order more, though....


Bones into bullet casings

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.

Table top, stationary, glassware and a shell mobile round out the offerings.

Doormats with style!

We mourned when INTO closed in Chinatown. Now we have Owens & Co. to fill that niche.

– Paula Rath


About paularath

I'm a freelance fashion writer and fine artist in Honolulu. Expect to read fresh voices here through Hawaii's Fashion Forum.
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1 Response to Introduction to Owens and Co.

  1. Allie says:

    Nicole Morall is my classmate from high school! We did a summer intensive at Alvin Ailey together before she went off to Fordham. Glad to hear about her.

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