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Art In Motion
Vol. 6, No. 3
June/July 2003


High Style  

by Angela Bartoli
photos by Kyle Rothenborg

Let’s face it: When you’re out splurging on some truly high-test fashion shopping, you want to be treated a little, well ... special. You know; private viewings, collection previews, special orders, custom fittings, perhaps a few refreshments—that sort of thing. Voilá!: The new VIC (Very Important Client) room on the recently opened second floor of Louis Vuitton’s stately Waikiki salon. Shielded from the showroom bustle by a lattice of hardwood blocks (all the VIC room’s chic furnishings are imported direct from Paris), you can cool your designer heels on creamy, postmodern leather and watch the latest Vuitton runway show on a plasma monitor, or step behind illuminated panels into the private fitting room, all while the impeccably attentive staff provides the kind of top-end perks you so richly deserve.

"Sometimes stores can become so congested, especially in Waikiki," says the room’s dapper manager, Kenn Yonamine. "We’re so pleased that we can now offer a quieter, more intimate environment for our clients who are used to this type of exclusive service."

Located in a renovated historic building at Kalakaua and Lewers (built in 1928, it was originally the legendary Gump’s department store), the Vuitton salon opened its second floor as retail space for the first time earlier this year. Besides the special service enclosure, the new floorspace includes expanded areas for select new collections of leather goods, accessories and shoes, as well as women’s ready-to-wear (current ultra-hot item: vividly colored summer bags with rainbowed monograms and playful anime figures by Tokyo artist Takashi Murakami).

To book a private session in the VIC room, call the store at (808) 971-6880. You’ll love the pampering, and when you leave with your Vuitton goodies, you know you’ll be looking—and feeling—like a million bucks.