Dressed to Skill / The prescient thing about Andy South is not that she was on Project Runway, or that she is filming a documentary about her life (granted, both of those are above average). The thing is that through her new Atelier, which opened in September in Honolulu with a full spread of high-end womenswear, South is designing, manufacturing and packaging all of her pieces under one roof. Everything with her S compass logo is Hawaiian-made, assembled meticulously by her team of 10-or-so seamstresses and finishers in the upper level of her Chinatown loft. What’s more, South is officially venturing into the realm of menswear, debuting later this month short- and long-sleeved button-down linen shirts and shorts. Somewhat exclusively trimmed for the fit man in a European or Japanese cut, the shirts will roll out with what she’s referring to as board shorts–although since they’re also of linen, you wouldn’t want to get wet in these. All will be available in December at the Collins & 8th boutique on Pensacola Street and also at South’s Atelier. She has ambitions to establish a full mens brand (think two-piece suits) next year, but we’ll take what we can get.
Dressed to Skill
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