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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 15, 2010

Style icon debuts wearable art

By Paula Rath
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

From left: Jon Bynes, Mayo Christi, Doug Jago (front) and Chelsea Wendroff (back), Tina Heyer and Caleb Shinobi. Models provided by TK Image & Modeling.

Photo by Glenn Tabion and Osvaldo Equite

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Brighton Collectibles

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Ravahere Shastid, one of the Miss Purotu pageant contestants, models Purotu jewelry.

Photo by Samuel Owens

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While many people's thoughts turn to retirement during their 60th year, Doug Jago is just getting started with two new avenues for his creativity: fine art and fashion. "All of my fears are turning to energy," said Jago.

Jago's personal style is legendary. He was the first Style Profile featured in The Honolulu Advertiser. He is also renowned as a visual merchandiser since Liberty House days. But little did we know the modest man was painting canvases fast and furiously every night for hours and hours at pau hana time.

Now he's offering his bold, bright, optimistic and uplifting paintings on wearable art for men and women.

It all started when his favorite shirt got a stain on it. Jago wanted to rescue and recycle it, so he painted one of his geometric paintings across the front. It was a hit, so he decided to make more items.

Jago painstakingly paints each garment by hand: blazers, pants, leather jackets, T-shirts and shirts for both men and women.

Now his look will hit the runway. Paulette Kitchell Fukumoto, owner of TK Image & Modeling, talked Jago into showing his art both fine and wearable in a public venue. His debut shows are 10:30 p.m. and midnight Jan. 23, at Level 4 in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center; $10 at the Level 4 box office or at the door. Call Paulette at 630-3795 or e-mail pfukumoto@hotmail.com.


Popular jewelry manufacturer Brighton Collectibles is all about peace on Earth in the new decade. From today through love day, Feb. 14, this limited edition Peace Bracelet will be sold exclusively in Hawai'i at The Brighton Collectibles store at Ala Moana Center. The company has pledged to donate $5 for each $60 charm bracelet sold. Donations will go to both global and local peace initiatives . Since peace means different things to different people, Brighton will donate to organizations that help feed the hungry, support our troops and keep women and children safe from violent environments.


This month's Night Market will feature a Tahitian-style pageant, the Miss Purotu pageant. Contestants ages 18 to 24 will compete in four categories, including two fashion-related ones: Costume Vegetal, which involves making a costume out of natural materials such as ti leaves, coconut bark and, of course, tiare blossoms. They will also model their interpretation of island formal wear. Expect pareu with stilettos or perhaps a robe purotu (Tahitian-style gown).

Night Market opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the show at 6 p.m. at Waterfront in Aloha Tower Marketplace. The event is free.