It's in the Bag

BY Jasmine Lombardi | August 28, 2018 | Feature Features National

Argentine-turned-island girl Heidy Clawson is bringing luxe leather goods to the shores of Hawai‘i.
CLHEI accessories exhibit a chic but relaxed look.

When you think of Hawai‘i fashion, islandesque attire is typically what comes to mind (swimwear, resort-ready kaftans and trendy woven bags, for example). But there’s a brand on Maui’s picturesque North Shore doing something decidedly different. CLHEI, the family-owned and -operated leather goods and accessories company designs contemporary travel-friendly bags, wallets and eyewear perfect for jetting from city to beach and back again.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, designer and travel enthusiast Heidy Clawson set out to create a handcrafted collection that embodied her spirit of adventure. Standout styles include the Gaucho backpack, a fashion-forward hands-free option for those on the go; the Aina sunglasses, which come with two sets of fully polarized lenses; and the Folio wallet—a key piece for organizing all of your travel essentials. Buttery leather items come in a range of neutrals (think black, white, tan, chocolate, subtle metallics and more), and are at once classic and modern, thanks to tassel details and thoughtful organizational features.

Select pieces can be found in chic boutiques in choice locales throughout the U.S.—Pa‘ia, Santa Monica, Calif.; Montauk, New York; and Nantucket, Mass.; to name just a few—as well as internationally in Anguilla, Barbados, St. Barts and Tokyo. Glamorous globe-trotters, this brand’s for you.

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