Business minded

In this issue of HILuxury, we’re all business.

We’re all business starting with the cover story on John Paul Dejoria. Said to be “richer than Trump,” the Paul Mitchell hair products co-founder started out as a homeless single father, living out of his car. His story is another version of the Great American Dream, proving it’s alive and well. I knew the late Paul Mitchell in the early ’80s, and was impressed with how far ahead of his time he was – in 1982 he was the first guy I knew to have a pool purified by ionization (as opposed to chlorine) – and I’m sure he would be pleased with where his old friend has taken the company and his name.

We also get down to work with our fashion feature on business-wear for both men and women. In the nearly 30 years I’ve been working in and around downtown Honolulu, there’s been a tremendous change – upgrade, really – in the way we dress for work. The photography of Leah Ball and the styles of Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani tell that story well.

And speaking of style in the work-place: If there’s a better dressed working man than Al Tomonari of Neiman Marcus, well, I’ve yet to meet him. We profile him and find that away from the store and his suits, he and wife Joyce are big gardeners, lovers of art and exotic travelers, among other personal tidbits.

And thanks to a new custom-tailoring service being provided by Ralph Lauren, any guy can aspire to look as good as Al. This town has come a long way indeed.

Just as Neiman Marcus does, more local companies are finding that original artwork doesn’t just brighten up walls, but can be good for business. And so we also feature Fine Art Associates, who help companies purchase and collect pieces of fine art.

OK, but all work and no playtime is no way to live the good life. So in this issue we also look at the new, amped up Mercedes S63 AMG. Let’s just say Mercedes meets muscle here. Gentlemen and ladies, put on your driving shoes!

Also on the fun side, Ko Olina golf professional Greg Nichols looks at the latest in golf shoes, including custom-made creations. Golf shoes have certainly come a long way from the days Old Tom Morris hoofed the links at St. Andrews in boots. We also spend a fun weekend in Beverly Hills, visit a $20 million Balinese-style home at Hualalai, head to Kauai for a spa treatment, build a dream bicycle, and take you out for dinner and try a fun new drink. Call it a pau hana beverage.

There’s much more inside for your entertainment and edification, and we hope that you’ll enjoy reading the work we enjoy doing at HILuxury.

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