Bold colours for men’s dress shoes

The rise of sneakers as an enduring fashion trend has one major side effect: Dress shoes have slipped under the radar. Be it classic Oxfords or leisurely loafers, dress shoes are giving way to casual lace-ups even in formal settings like the office or a soiree. Men themselves are partly to blame, limiting their choice of dress shoes to basic neutrals. But colour is an instant short cut to a standout shoe. As Giuseppe Santoni, CEO of luxury footwear brand Santoni, says, “Colour, together with design and proportion, is a very important element (in shoes)”.

While black and tan dress shoes are traditionally integral to men’s closets, offbeat shades like sky blue, forest green, beige and grey are now emerging. Brands such as Prada and Berluti are experimenting with ombré and tonal techniques; on the other hand, British fashion brand Alexander McQueen offsets minimal black leather shoes with a look-at-me yellow platform sole. Shoemaker Christian Louboutin goes further, elevating his designs with floral motifs, glitter, studs and multicoloured patterns.

Sky-blue loafers from Santoni.
Sky-blue loafers from Santoni.

At Santoni, shoemakers employ a long-standing signature technique. “We have created a technique where we add different layers of colour to give (the shoes) depth and uniqueness,” he says, adding that colour is the brand’s way of combining traditional craftsmanship with fashion.

The most effective way to wear these shoes? Turn the attention to your feet, and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Monochrome ensembles or shades of the same colour are big this season—seen on the Spring/Summer 2019 runways of Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani and Acne Studios—and another great way to try the trend.

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Kolkata gets a one-stop-shop for affordable designer Western wear at Atrium

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ATRIUM is the city’s new address dedicated to luxury Western wear at affordable prices, something that the city desperately needed. Tavishi Kanoria, the young owner of Citrine, a multi-designer fashion boutique on Shakespeare Sarani, tapped into the fashion pulse of the city, and started the new luxury wear store with her sister Parthivi, last month. “Citrine was already fetching a good response, but we felt the need to stock more designers and create a separate space dedicated to Western wear. We wanted to tap a market that is untapped, as it has great potential. Hence Atrium was born,” avers 27-year-old Tavishi, adding that the venture is purely passion-driven.

The 2,500 sq ft store is a one-stop- shop for everything from LBDs to easy casual wear to fun brunch outfits, at affordable prices. “Atrium offers affordable luxury brands, and though designerwear can make a big hole in your pocket, we generally keep a cap on the pricing. So you can get everything within Rs 25,000,” says Tavishi, who completed her business studies from Babson College, Massachusetts. The latest collection at Atrium includes statement cowl tops and dresses by Harsh Harsh, stunning resort wear with quirky prints by Masaba, gorgeous flowy and dramatic gowns by Rippii Sethi and Lakme Fashion Week brands like Ezra and Swatee Singh. For casual summer wear, you can choose from breezy printed cotton dresses by The Jodi Life or embroidered cotton dresses by Irabira. Kai’s swimwear and resort wear has a riot of pop colours tin her collection, and it’s something that the city has been looking for. The embellished monokini, bandeau swimsuit, wrap swim-dress, crossover monokini and high-waisted bikini are perfect for private pool parties. The cover-ups too were equally stunning with lace, mesh and crochet. Tavishi, who happens to be a gifted painter and was also into Oddissi, says, “First, we keep in mind the affordability factor. Secondly, our collection is trendy and on par with all the latest fashion so you will find ruffles, tassels, organza, asymmetrical cuts, shimmery dresses, monochromes and more. Further, we concentrate on good quality fabric. We then try to keep designers who are flexible in customising and who are reliable with the delivery date.” Tavishi further adds, “Atrium is for open-minded new-age progressive women but at the same time, our values are extremely traditional and conservative. That’s something that we haven’t left out in our curation”.

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Suzuki Motorcycle India reveals accessories list for Gixxer SF & Gixxer SF 250

At a recent event, Suzuki Motorcycle India launched two new fully faired bikes. The 155cc Gixxer SF was already available, but gets a new styling. The Gixxer SF 250 is the company’s domestic foray into the quarter-litre segment.

Suzuki is now offering a list of accessories to complement the new bikes. Most of these accessories are for aesthetic purposes, but some are functional too. The list includes tank graphics, wheel rim stickers, Suzuki branded seat covers, a smoked visor to replace the standard clear one, tank protector and a DC power socket for when you are touring. All accessories are optional and need to be purchased separately.

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As for the bikes, the Gixxer SF undergoes significant styling and mechanical changes to meet the upcoming Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) norms. The bike is powered by a 155cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine producing 14.1 PS of power and 14 Nm of peak torque. It gets a new clip-on handlebar assembly, all-LED headlamp and a change in the fairing design.

The Gixxer SF 250 is powered by a 249cc SOHC oil-cooled motor churning out 26.5 PS at 9,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm at 7,500 rpm. Transmission is handled by a six-speed gearbox. Suspension comes via conventional telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock, while disc brakes with dual-channel ABS provides stopping power. Suzuki has also confirmed that the naked version of the Gixxer SF 250 will be available in coming months.

The Suzuki Gixxer SF is now available at a price of Rs 1.09 lakh, while the Gixxer SF 250 can be bought for Rs 1.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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I’ve always dreamed of designing for Madonna someday: Varun Bahl

Designer Varun Bahl and showstopper Sanya Malhotra at Blenders Pride Magical Nights 2019 in Guwahati, Assam on Friday

Guwahati: Pride is your individuality, it is everything, said designer Varun Bahl. The fashion designer was in Guwahati, Assam on Friday to participate in the Blenders Pride Magical Nights 2019 held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the city. Incidentally, ‘Pride’ was also the theme of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour and the evening was only an extension to that.

In an exclusive interview with EastMojo, Bahl talked about up fashion trends, his creations and what inspires them, among others. Excerpts from the conversation:

EastMojo: Tell us about your theme for the show tonight.

Varun Bahl: Today, we have started a new brand Varun Bahl Pret, whose basic theme is based upon nature largely, besides many other things. Flora and fauna are an important part of our creation. Few months ago, while I was sitting and sketching, I made a flower of five petals. Thereafter I started repeating the pattern and subsequently many beautiful patterns came up and it gave birth to the Varun Bahl Pret. So this is what I am showing tonight and the idea behind this was to reach out to a much larger audience. This couture is basically for weddings. As we see a lot of people look for wearing Indian clothes, so I thought of contemporising the whole Indian wear. This is the five petal story and every design and every print is based on it. It is contemporary Indian clothing.

EM: How will you define ‘Pride’, the theme for the evening?

VB: Pride is your individuality, it is everything. For me, pride is my journey — how I handled and I achieved it. My uniqueness is my pride.

Designer Varun Bahl at Blenders Pride Magical Nights 2019 in Guwahati, Assam on Friday
Designer Varun Bahl at Blenders Pride Magical Nights 2019 in Guwahati, Assam on Friday
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EM: What inspires your creations?

VB: A lot of flora and fauna. In terms of detailing, I love the Victorian period — this is very costume type so we need to wash down and make it relevant for the 21st century and for 2019. That will also be showcased in tonight’s event — high necklines and all. I love the art nouveau period which was in the earlier 19th-century period, it is my favourite period. I also like Barukh though it is not showcased tonight.

EM: What do you have to say about the earlier and the present fashion trends — the way they are evolving?

VB: What is past fashion is past, it was relevant then what is at present it is relevant now. We should not think about yesterday. But in future, I think today we are in the best stage, one of the nicest stage of fashion. Many things are co-existing because individuals wear according to their style and personality. There are many changes nowadays. Like I have introduced many things in fashion industry, one being the use of very light and pastel colours in bridal wear. I was one of the few ones to start this and now everyone is using this. Today, at the show, you’ll see I have brought in contemporary Indian wear. You will see a lot of ‘shararas’ but they won’t look like a ‘shaadi ka sharara’. It is a trouser which cut in a certain way in which a sharara is cut and worn with a short kurti, which is slightly short. It may be a shirt or a jacket. So Indian wear is modernised in my creations tonight. The kind of clothing I showcase can be worn by women in any way and any where across the planet.

EM: How would you describe your personal style?

VB: My personal style is very casual, a T-shirt and jeans. I don’t think much about what to wear when I am working. But when I go out in evenings, I dress up and go.

EM: How do you unwind when you are not working?

VB: I live in a city called New Delhi and there is a lot of social activities happening in the evenings. I am a very social person and I like going out and meeting people. I also like watching movies when not working.

EM: We have heard that you earlier showcased your designs in Milan Fashion Week. Tell us about the experience there.

VB: It was many years ago. It was a wonderful experience. As a young designer to showcase the designs there and to show India anywhere, it was really wonderful.

EM: Tell us about your upcoming projects.

VB: I am working on my next couture collection that is coming up in July. And I also have to make this Pret reach out to more and more audience.

EM: Any celebrity/person you dream to design for someday.

VB: I have always dreamed to design for Madonna someday.

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Sustainable Fashion Trends For Summer

Fashion choices this summer inspire workmanship, returning to heritage and smarter consumption. Pink Atlanta linen dress from SLEEPER.

Fashion choices this summer inspire workmanship, returning to heritage and smarter consumption. Pink Atlanta linen dress from SLEEPER.

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Spring all through Summer is an exciting time especially in fashion. It is a season that ushers in a more jovial and celebratory mood. Bright color ways are revived, bringing to life playful patterns. Silhouettes are also more fluid, frisky and indicative of a spontaneous headspace. Every year, as soon as the first collections for Spring/Summer hit the shelves, a renewed and reinvigorated temperament.

A new season no longer means discarding pieces from past months to make room for new ones. Gone are the days when wearing the same outfit twice was considered faux pas. That was a cyclic concept build on dictates of consumption. That was fast-fashion. Smart style choices are now informed by a new set of values: craft, heritage, community, sustainability. The new mindset encourages one to reuse, rework, reimagine and revive.

Here, a rundown of innovative labels, collections and fashion movements to embrace this summer. Now you can update your wardrobe—the sustainable way.

  • Return to the 90s with indestructible eyewear
Indestructable, screw-less eyewear inspired by the club culture of the 90s.

Indestructable, screw-less eyewear inspired by the club culture of the 90s.

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These lightweight and “nearly indestructible” pairs from ic! berlin are distinguished by unique screw-less mechanism. “No screws also mean frames can be broken down and rebuilt by hand.” This season, the German label that strongly identifies with craftsmanship presents eyewear inspired by Berlin’s club culture. Ic! Berlin Head Designer Henry Skinner explains, “The market trend for color in the upcoming seasons is very interesting for us. We see our collections adopting to a more vibrant and richer color palette. We will play with bold color accents in combination with metallic surfaces and design themes will focus on providing the perfect comfort for our wearers through innovating the fit and materials we use and how we use them.”

Laser eyewear in Ultrablue by ic! berlin

Laser eyewear in Ultrablue by ic! berlin

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Neon eyewear in Acid Yellow from ic! berlin

Neon eyewear in Acid Yellow from ic! berlin

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Prism eyewear in Redrum and Ash Silver from ic! berlin

Prism eyewear in Redrum and Ash Silver from ic! berlin

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To find out more about ic! berlin’s 90s inspired eyewear, click here.

  • Pretty frocks for the Beach And The City
Atlanta and Georgia dresses in red gingham from SLEEPER

Atlanta and Georgia dresses in red gingham from SLEEPER

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Creators at loungewear label Sleeper place a high premium on conveying positive messages to its clients. The brand is focused on making clothes that simplify life, crafting clothes for home that are stylish enough to be worn outside. Sleeper Co-Founder Kate Zubarieva explains, “We wanted women to enjoy not just the dresses, but most importantly themselves and their beauty.” For Spring/Summer ’19, a collection from “the first walking sleeper” label highlights easy, effortless frocks that can be worn while in the city or to the beach. Asya Varestsa, who is one of the company’s visionaries, shares, “We wanted to create something suitable and multifunctional, comfortable and appropriate to wear on the beach and to a party with friends, on a picnic and even during an escapade to the market.” She adds, “ The task also entailed creating dresses that will look cool in photos after 20 years and do not require special care; in a nutshell that makes like easier without sacrificing their appeal.”

Brigitte linen dress with Linum prints by SLEEPER

Brigitte linen dress with Linum prints by SLEEPER

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Lounge linen dress with Mimosa print by SLEEPER

Lounge linen dress with Mimosa print by SLEEPER

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To find out more about Sleeper’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection, click here.

  • Best of the Tropics In Your Hand
The Amon collection from Lara

The Amon collection from Lara

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During the recently concluded Manila Fame Trade Show in Manila, Lara’s hand-woven banig pieces from the Province of Basey, Samar were a crowd favorite especially among the fashion-forward. Banig, hand woven grass leaves usually used to create mats for sitting or sleeping, were reworked into totes and bucket bags. Festive color ways and patterns were meticulously woven to capture the stunning tropical landscapes endemic to Basey. The collection, dubbed Amon (which means “Ours”), featured vibrant and indigenous avian patterns as distinctive design elements. “The pieces were created to remind us about loving our own. It also promotes a sense of identity –whether through the design, heritage or messaging of the product,” explains the creative team behind Lara. Philippine weaves, sourced from Great Women, were also utilized for  texture and depth. Other flora and fauna also added to the tropical fantasy lovingly created by weavers at Lara. The collection bagged two awards during the show: Best Product Design for Fashion Category and People’s Choice Award.

Amon Collection from Lara

Amon Collection from Lara

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Amon collection by Lara

Amon collection by Lara

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The Amon collection by Lara won Best Product Design and People's Choice at the recently concluded Manila FAME trade show.

The Amon collection by Lara won Best Product Design and People’s Choice at the recently concluded Manila FAME trade show.

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To find our more about the Amon collection by Lara, click here.

  • Accessories By Artisans
Soliva Charm Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

Soliva Charm Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

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Pieces from Artisans of IQ are visions realized by extraordinary women artisans in Southeast Asia. Designs are imagined by the brand’s founder, Ileana Quinones, in her atelier in New York. Inspired by travel, culture, exploration and discovery, Artisans of IQ items are thoughtfully crafted with a consciousness for “preserving ancient artisanal traditions and craftsmanship.” The team works in close collaboration with underserved women in Southeast Asia to come up with pieces that are global, relevant and most importantly, ethical. Ileana explains, “We partner with the best silversmiths in Thailand to craft one of a kind vintage inspired layered looks of global design. Each piece of jewelry tells a story of mixed cultures, travel, ancient symbols and far away places soldered in 18K gold vermeil & Karen tribe silver with precious gemstones.”

Sarilla Earrings from Artisans of IQ

Sarilla Earrings from Artisans of IQ

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Galine Hoop Earrings with fresh water pearls from Artisans of IQ

Galine Hoop Earrings with fresh water pearls from Artisans of IQ

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Oni Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

Oni Bracelet from Artisans of IQ

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To find out more about the accessories made by Artisans of IQ, click here.

Power Dressing With Soul

Mantle Shirt from (shirt stories)

Mantle Shirt from (shirt stories)

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One can never go wrong with the great white shirt. A wardrobe is likewise never truly complete without this timeless classic. When it comes to dressing the part of a girl boss, a crisp white shirt is almost always the go-to fashion essential. Kyiv-based mono brand, (shirt stories), is dedicated to crafting classic investment shirts that are customizable, conceptual in design and impeccably handmade. The label constructs, deconstructs and reworks the timeless classic to come up with fresh fashion propositions that are relevant, versatile and functional. The team behind (shirt stories) is keen on addressing overproduction in the fashion trade, encouraging clients to return to Made-To-Order garments . Materials and dyes used for production are naturally derived and source. “Every piece has it special one-of-a-kind soul—just like every one of its clients,” says the people behind (shirt stories).

Sun Shirt Dress by (shirt stories)

Sun Shirt Dress by (shirt stories)

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Corset Shirt by (shirt stories)

Corset Shirt by (shirt stories)

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Double Bow Shirt by (shirt stories)

Double Bow Shirt by (shirt stories)

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Double Collar Shirt by (shirt stories)

Double Collar Shirt by (shirt stories)

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To find out more about the pieces made by (shirt stories), click here.

  • Fit Into A Pair Of Responsible Denims
Wide leg denim pants by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

Wide leg denim pants by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

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Sustainable denim brand, Ksenia Schnaider has just recently partnered with fabric innovators Isko to create a capsule collection that explores new ways of wearing earth-friendly, style forward denims. Staying true to its commitment for up-cycling textile and minimizing carbon footprint of denim production, Ksenia Schnaider utilizes new materials like Isko’s Earth Fit fabric to reimagine signature designs such as the demi-denims, flared trousers, shorts and jackets. The team at Ksenia Schnaider shares, “We work with organic cotton, pre- and post-consumer recycled polyester from plastic bottles in order to contribute to making the denim work a bit better and a more responsible place.”

Denim skirt by Ksenia Schnader X Isko

Denim skirt by Ksenia Schnader X Isko

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Denim shorts by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

Denim shorts by Ksenia Schnaider X Isko

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To find out more about the Ksenia Schnaider X ISKO capsule collection, click here.

Haute From Harajuku

Kira Kira Bucket Bag in Navy by Adeam

Kira Kira Bucket Bag in Navy by Adeam

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Adeam Creative Director and Founder Hanako Maeda brings parts of her life in Japan to the runways and streets of New York each season. The label, which launched in 2012, recently presented its 10th collection on the runways of NYFW. The show also coincided with the US launch of Adeam’s bag line, inspired by the fun and youthful street style of Harajuku. Unconventional shapes utilized in the collection are attributed to the strong sense of individuality distinct to the Harajuku district. The choice of bright colors is referenced from disco and neon lights. Each piece merges Adeam’s Japanese street culture style and New York’s urban functionality. Hanako emphasizes that materials and production methods involved in the production of Adeam products are decidedly ethical, boasting the Made in Japan label.

Kira Kira Pochette in Ivory by Adeam

Kira Kira Pochette in Ivory by Adeam

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Limelight Chain Bag in Peppermint by Adeam

Limelight Chain Bag in Peppermint by Adeam

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Take A Virtual Tour: Former Honolulu Home Of Fashion Designer Geoffrey Beene For Sale At $14M

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The home’s three expansive stories hug the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge.

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Tucked away on the front slopes of the Diamond Head landmark in Honolulu is a Malibu-style house once owned by one of America’s most iconic fashion designers, Geoffrey Beene. The luxurious home at 3311 Beach Road is on the market with a $14 million asking price.

You might have to pinch yourself to be sure the stunning surroundings aren’t a dream as you view the beachfront home’s three stories hugging the lower slopes of Diamond Head crater as they meet the water’s edge. Stepping foot inside the custom kiln-formed textured glass entry door will likely confirm your feelings that this impressive home is indeed a retreat from the outside world.

Built in 1988, the residence features four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms in 4,878 square feet of living space. Beene bought the property in 1992, and it was gifted to the Honolulu Academy of Arts in 2003. The home was sold in 2005 to its current owner, who undertook a major renovation in 2014, the result of which is a serene, Zen-like haven.

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The handmade textured glass entry door was designed by a local artisan.

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Famed American fashion designer Geoffrey Beene owned the residence from 1992 until 2003.

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The house is built of glass, concrete and steel. Walls of glass maximize the breathtaking sunrise and unparalleled Pacific Ocean views that one can experience in almost every room. The south-facing beachfront home’s unique position captures views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.

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The home’s position provides views of the Diamond Head Lighthouse on the side of a cliff.

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Julianna Garris and Patricia Choi of the Choi Group with Hawaii Life are co-listing agents for the property.

“The moment you walk in the house you see an expansive view of the ocean, and it’s just gorgeous,” said Garris.

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Spacious living/dining room combo

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Eat-in island, custom cabinetry and Thermador appliances lend a sleek backdrop in the kitchen.

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The luxurious master bathroom includes floating vanities and walls covered in glass tiles.

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The residence features smart home technology, a sound system, oceanside spa, central air-conditioning and a photovoltaic system to transform Hawaii’s abundant days of sunshine into energy.

“There are 16 outside cameras, and you can remotely control the house from anywhere in the world,” Garris said.

An elevator and stairs provide access to all three levels of the home where one can admire imported limestone that was used extensively indoors and out. The bathroom walls are finished in an iridescent glass tile that’s a blend of sea salt and beige hues. Subdued shades of sea salt green paint on the bedroom walls provide a restful ambience.

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The master suite is a peaceful retreat.

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Ground-floor guest bedroom

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Oceanside Jacuzzi

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The oversized garage can be accessed from Beach Road, its entrance tucked seamlessly into the home’s privacy wall.

“The wall creates a buffer between you and any public viewing,” said Garris. “When someone drives past, you can’t see into the house.”

A Jacuzzi and small, well-manicured yard are on the oceanside ground level.

The home is just steps from the white sandy beach and a few dozen paddle strokes away from some of Oahu’s most popular surf breaks. Honolulu’s business district and public and private schools are nearby.

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Upper landing of the three-story home

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The popular hilly five-mile loop around the base of Diamond Head takes you through some of Oahu’s most exclusive neighborhoods. Or you could hike to the peak of the Diamond Head Summit Trail from the entrance to Diamond Head State Park and Recreation Area, just five minutes away.

Fine dining, boutique and luxury retail shopping, nightlife and every possible convenience are available in Waikiki, less than two miles from the home’s front door and an easy stroll along the water’s edge of Kapiolani Park.

“Diamond Head is a coveted area,” said Garris. “Not many people could afford to buy in this area. And then to be on a beach with a beautiful sandy coastline, that’s pretty darn rare. It’s an opportunity for someone who wants the best of the best on this island.”

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