Pretty in pink

You'll be the envy of Gucci collectors around the world when you show them your tote from the "Abbey" line, served up in a luscious pink iris rose leather, just for Honolulu's fashionable set.

The purse is the first of three that Gucci is creating to be sold exclusively in Hawaii -- not New York, not Paris -- and offered at less than $1,000 (in spite of the euro's rise, which has driven up the cost of luxury goods). It marks the house's first foray into designing and producing a product specific to a single market. As the other Paris would say, "It's hot."

Get a close-up view when Gucci hosts a cocktail party to celebrate the offering with informal modeling of its spring-summer collections from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ala Moana (942-1148) and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday in Waikiki (921-1000).

The second and third styles, to be delivered in late summer, are from the "Jolicoeur" line. One is a small tote and a little shoulder bag, both in gesso leather, accessorized with enameled charms in jade green, iris rose or gesso.

A fourth "Hawaii Exclusive" handbag style will be announced for the holidays.

Something's fishy

Naoki Hayashi will demonstrate the art of gyotaku at Reyn's Ala Moana Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gyotaku, which originated in Japan 100 years ago, involves making prints of freshly caught fish with ink onto rice paper for the purpose of recording the day's catch.

Reyn Spooner pays tribute to the art form with its newest aloha shirt design, "Mahimahi," a collaboration between Naoki and the manufacturer. The shirt, in sizes small to 3XL, will be available for $69.

Hayashi was featured on cable's Home and Garden TV in October during the network's "Modern Masters" series and will be featured in an upcoming profile about his art on CNN within the next few weeks.

Call 949-5929.

Naoki Hayashi will demonstrate the art of gyotaku, or fish-printing, at Reyn's Ala Moana on Saturday.

Treat your skin

Sephora's Ala Moana Center store will host two free seminars showcasing the latest anti-aging products by Z. Bigatti, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Laura Bellendier, national educator from Z. Bigatti, will speak about the Restoration line, which is said to help reverse signs of aging.

Consultations are limited to the first 25 who sign up. Call 944-9797 for reservations.

Off to Rio, in Kahala

Tommy Bahama will present its new spring collection, "Rio de Janeiro for Men" and "Palm Beach for Women," during a fashion show and afternoon tea at the Veranda at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental.

The event takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a tea menu tailored to the occasion, including such tropical treats as baked coconut and lemon scones, roasted caramel and banana opera cake and tropical fruit tarts.

Cost is $30. Space is limited. For reservations, call 739-8895.

Nomad settles in

Urban Nomad, the downtown emporium for street and vintage chic, is moving to 1023 Smith St., around the corner from thirtyninehotel.

The boutique's grand opening will take place on First Friday, with informal modeling and refreshments from 5 to 9 p.m. May 6. Store hours will be 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays thereafter.

For those who have tried to squeeze their way through the jam-packed old store, the new location offers breathing room ... for now.

Call 391-9328.

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