The Spirit Of Aloha

Apricot Lane

BY BRITTANY MATTIE SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JUL 6, 2018

A vibrant, new bag line by Bliss Hawaii has made its way into the doors of St Armand’s boutique Apricot Lane—just in time for an impromptu summer shopping spree. Apricot Lane Sarasota is exclusively the first boutique to carry the treasured ‘Olu’Olu bags in the continental U.S (behind Hawaii). ‘Olu’olu, a Hawaiian expression rooted in the word ‘Aloha’, means pleasantries of congeniality, happiness and graciousness. It now also perfectly entitles itself as Bliss Hawaii’s line of women’s luxury bags and home goods—all uniquely styled with the bold colors and vivid textures of Kailua, HI. Hawaiian transplant and Founder Jayne Nhaisi, designed and created every product in collaboration with local artistic talent Susanne Ball. Find the Double-Sided Hobo Bags featuring Ball’s tropical imagery printed from her original paintings, “Lounging in Lanikai” and “Heliconia Heaven”. The Mokulua Micro-Bucket Bag features the painting “Hiking in Paradise” while the Cross Body Bag and Wristlet Pouch feature “Life Is A Breeze”.

All bags are handmade in America and for those keen to adorn themselves in sustainable, eco-friendly fashion—each product features a natural, vegan, renewable cork leather hand-picked off the bark of an oak tree, which only grows along the Mediterranean coast of Portugal. This supple Portuguese cork, along with the microsuede fabric and wipeable vinyl lining are all water safe, so as not to deter you from donning your exotic tote to the beach with you. ‘Olu’Olu bags exude easy living and easy care, while bringing to life the vibrancy of island landscapes and the laid-back fashion of Hawaiian culture. Say ‘Aloha’ to your own piece of wearable art—multiple styles and sizes are now on the shelves at Apricot Lane.

Apricot Lane is a member of Provisionist, SRQ Magazine's content marketing program for local retailers. 

Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

Apricot Lane Boutique, Bliss Hawaii Bags $95-$285, 464 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-960-1435.

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