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Waikiki & Beverly Hills

January 15, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – Self Edge

Self Edge is the only place to go outside of Japan for the best selection of premium Japanese jeans, clothing, and accessories.

With three locations in the US: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, my friends Kiya and Demitra Babzani have an amazing business, one that I truly look up to and respect.

Tom’s Tip: Start with a lighter weight denim, then work your way up to one of Iron Heart’s famous heavier denims. They are intense but well worth their weight.

Self Edge

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January 9, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – JJ Dolan’s

JJ Dolan’s has been serving the best NY style pizza in Hawaii since 2008, in of all places, Chinatown. My buddy Jay Niebuhr and his pal Danny Dolan, veterans of the Honolulu restaurant and bar business, decided to combine two of my favorite things: the Irish pub and the NY style pizza parlor, thus creating my go to “pau hana” spot, walking distance from Downtown Honolulu.

Tom’s Tip: Get the Giacomo, it’s their signature pie, but add onions to make it a Shoedaddy special.

JJ Dolan’s
1147 Bethel Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

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Waikiki & Beverly Hills

January 8, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – The Armoury

The Armoury in Hong Kong is my favorite menswear shop in the world. My friends, Mark Cho, Ethan Newton, and Alan See run the most incredible store you will ever step foot into. The curated selection of clothing: Ring Jacket, Orazio Luciano, Liverano & Liverano, as well as a fine tuned collection of leather goods and footwear, make this haberdashery second to none.

Tom’s Tip: Follow their Tumblr page: The Armoury Lightbox┬áto completely and insanely inspired.

The Armoury
307 Pedder Building
12 Pedder Street
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2804 6991

The Armoury 2
B62 Landmark Central
15 Queen’s Road Central
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2810 4990

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January 7, 2013

Tom’s Favorites – Yakiniku Hiroshi

Yakiniku Hiroshi is probably my favorite place to eat in Hawaii. The quality and cuts of meat are second to none and comparable to some of the better yakiniku restaurants in Japan in my opinion.

For those who are unfamiliar with yakiniku style dining, flavorful cuts of raw meat are served to you and you grill the meat right on your table to your liking. A variety of side dishes and soups accompany the meal.

Yakiniku Hiroshi also boasts a great selection of fine wines but I prefer their Japanese “nama” or draft beer on tap.

Tom’s Tip: Order the Platinum Course. It’s the priciest course meal on the menu but also the best value and will leave you completely satisfied.

Yakiniku Hiroshi
339 Royal Hawaiian Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Waikiki & Beverly Hills

July 10, 2012

Identity, Integrity, and Self by Ethan Desu

There is no doubt the Internet plays a major role as influencer of men’s “fashion” around the world. Just look at blogs and websites such as the Sartorialist, who give those looking for direction an opportunity to follow.

“Fashion” is a dead word to those who do not follow. The whole idea behind “fashion” is self expression and self fulfillment. One of the best examples of this is my friend Ethan Newton of the Armoury Hong Kong. Ethan is not my “fashion” role model, not someone I try to imitate or follow. He is my guide, someone I trust, someone I respect, and someone every “fashionable” man should meet.


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March 30, 2012

Vintage Watches at LSW

As an avid collector of watches, I thought vintage watches would be a fun addition to our offerings at LSW. Working together with Honolulu Time, we plan to offer a rotating selection of vintage Rolex, Omega, Patek, etc at LSW. Stop by and check out our selection!

Look for our own line of shell cordovan watch straps coming soon!

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Ryan Plett

Ryan Plett, Creative Director of Style Seek and author of TravelWell and YHBTI visited us at LSW this week during his visit to Oahu. It was nice to meet another extremely passionate individual in “the business.”

I was able to spend some time with Ryan taking him around to some of our usual spots such as Side Street Inn and Gaku. Ryan was gracious enough to feature some of our time together on his websites. There’s a bunch of amazing pictures of Oahu. Please take a look and spread the word!

Mahalo Ryan, until we meet again!


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