We are pleased to be feature on one of Hawaii's most prestigious Japanese magazines, Luxury Hawaii, as an exclusive retail hilight on the island of Oahu. The magazine spent an afternoon with us, learning about how we source our shells, and seeing behind the scene aspects of handcrafted jewelry making.
A big Mahalo to Ward Village for the feature!
"Karen Sawicki isn't your typical entrepreneur. As the owner and founder of FLotsam & Co., a hip boutique with a focus on locally made jewelry, Sawicki sources many of the shells she uses in her designs by free diving up to 100 feet, scouring the sea floor for the perfect shell. The result, as you'll see in her Ward Warehouse boutique, is a line of jewelry that's unlike anything you'll find anywhere else."
Pacific Business News reports on new South Shore Market and merchants of this exclusive retail & shopping location at the Ward Village.
"The 11 tenants confirmed for the market include Big Island Delights; Big Bad Wolf, a children's retailer; Cameron Hawaii, a beach resort lifestyle brand; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf; Eden in Love; Flotsam & Co., a jewelry retailer; Holoholo Market; Kealopiko, a clothing retailer; Manaola, a boutique; Mori by Art + Flea; and Salvage Public, a menswear retailer."
We are excited to be a part of this project and anticipate opening our new location November 2016! Click for the full article: http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/news/2016/08/10/howard-hughes-identifies-most-tenants-in-south.html
A big Mahalo to Honolulu Magazine featuring Flotsam & Co. as one of their top 5 Stylish picks! To see full article click here: http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Lei-Chic/July-2016/5-Stylish-Picks-From-the-Best-of-Honolulu-Festival/
So many thanks to Aly of Mori/Art & Flea, Pete, Makoto and Rise for this beautiful video. I have to give a wholehearted thank you to Art and Flea. Without being involved in their urban marketplace for upcoming designers, Flotsam & Co. would have never organically expanded to where it is today. Flotsam & Co. looks forward to participating in more A+F events! Stay tuned on our "events" page for the latest news!
Mahalo for naming us one of the top 10 shopping destinations for unique gift in Hawaii! Check out the link for the full list : http://by-s.me/article/277709323266966916?page=2&campaign
Aloha Street's main homepage featuring our Flotsam & Co. handwritten typography. Thank you for the mention! Mahalo!
In light of International Women's Day, it was an honor to be hilighted by Ward Village's blog as a female entrepreneur!
"...One of Ward’s latest retail additions, Flotsam and Co., opened their doors in Ward Warehouse just last week. The store’s founder, Karen Sawicki, carries an eclectic collection of jewelry and other inspiring items that reflect her passion for design and diving. In fact, many of her pieces she stocks in her charming space are composed of shells she finds while diving. When the opportunity arose to manifest her passion into her own brick and mortar store, Sawicki dove right in. The result was an awe-inspiring feeling that she’ll carry with her forever. "For the full article click here!
MY ONLY HAWAII-- a Japanese travel guide exploring the fashion, food & culture of Honolulu stopped by the storefront for a visit!
サンライズシェルファンの皆さま！お待たせしました！ワードウェアハ ウスに新しく、ジュエリーショップ Flotsam & Co. がオープンしました！デザイナーであり、店長のカレン自らダイバーで潜って貝を見つけ出す。 Flotsamはがらくた、漂流物をいう意味。がらくたが息を吹き返したように、美しいジュエリーとして生まれ変わる。以下映像をみてもわかるように、彼 女の思いのこもったハンドメイドジュエリーは、使うこちらも大事にしたいと思うアロハを感じさせる作品ばかり。
サ ンライズシェルはハワイでしか見つけられないとの事で、希少価値が高く、ロコにも大人気のシェルの一つ。日の出に見立てたような独特の色合いが名前の由 来。最近はグレーがかったムーンライトシェルも人気。色形ともにすべて自然のもので、世界に一つしかないので気に入ったものがあったら即購入しよう！デザ イン、クオリティー、種類、金額ともに、ここに優るところは、ホノルルにはありません。直輸入のタヒチアンパールのジュエリーもお勧め！２５セントでトラ イできるガチャガチャもあり。運が良ければ、ミニミニサンライズシェルがゲットできるかも！！
Ward Warehouse welcomes “Flotsam & Co.” a new jewelry boutique that incorporates beautiful shells into wonderful ocean inspired designs “Flotsam & Co.” owner and designer Karen; is one of the divers that find the shells and materials. Sunrise shells are one of the most scarce sea shells as they only live in the waters around Hawaii and are very difficult to find.Sunrise shell jewelry have recently becoming increasingly popular in island jewelry as they are a great way to represent the beauty of Hawaii to the world. This boutique has many selections in size, design and price. You may also find a beautiful moon light shell which is has beautiful light and dark hues. As you can see in the video below, Karen's deep passion for her jewelry is evident in the extreme lengths she goes to procure the most beautiful shells and the beautiful designs she uses to compliment them, making flotsam jewelry true treasures of the islands. Be sure to try your luck at the 25 cent jewelry capsule machine, If you’re lucky, you can get a mini sunrise shell!
We recently met with Natalie Schack of Honolulu Magazine's fashion &a lifestyle blog "Lei Chic." Her beautifully written article captures the essence of our new brick and mortar storefront.
Had a great time teaching some new metalsmithing skills in our Mori x Flotsam Valentine's Day Workshop. Photographer Mark Wu was on board to capture all the fun of making customized stamped rings while we soldered, hammered, shaped and texturized silver! Stay tuned for more workshops in the future! (If you're a couple that participated and didn't receive your personal photos let us know and Mark will email them over!)
Had the pleasure to meet Kei Yasuma and talk to her about Flotsam & Co. We were thriled to be featured in her article for "Aloha Street" one of Honolulu's premier Japanese Magazines. Full article is available HERE !
つぎにのぞいたのは、貴重なサンライズシェルがこれでもかと並ぶジュエリー屋さん「FLOTSAM & CO.（フロットサム＆カンパニー）」。
何に驚いたって、サンライズシェルを使ったジュエリーの価格の安さです。サンライズシェルは数十メートルの海底にあり、簡単には手に入らないためとっても 貴重な存在。よくお店で販売されているサンライズシェルのジュエリーは、色合いにもよりますが100ドル〜数百ドルのものが多いのに対し、こちらでは50 ドル前後で購入することができます。デザイナーのカレンさんはダイバーとしての顔も持ち、自ら海へ潜ってサンライズシェルを探すそう。TBSで放送されて いる「旅マイスター」にも出演している実力派です。
I stopped by FLOTSAM & CO. where has so many different sunrise shell accessories. What I surprised was the price. Sunrise shell jewelries are usually quite expensive because it is difficult to take from the bottom of the ocean. It depends on the color but it often is about $100 or more. However, you can get sunrise shell accessories only around $50 here at FLOTSAM &CO. Karen, the designer is a diver and she dives into ocean to get shells by herself. You will see her on "TABI MY STER" by TBS (Japanese TV show). Link for the movie>>
Mori by Art + Flea has goods made by local artists. The artists change every three months so that you could see variety of exciting items. You will enjoy cosmetics for men and women, jewelries, apparels, arts, instruments, and more items at the store.
モリ・バイ・アート＆フリーでは、3カ月ごとに変わるさまざまなローカルアーティストの作品が販売されています。人気のアーティストのものはもっと長い 期間扱っていることもあるとか。とにかく細部までおしゃれな空間で、化粧品（レディース、メンズ）からジュエリー、雑貨、アパレル、アート、楽器まで、店 内にぎっしりつまっているので、見ているだけでも楽しいですよ。
Flotsam & Co. was pleased to be part of the kick off block party for POW WOW Hawaii and Honolulu Night Market. February’s night market kicked off festivities for one of the most anticipated art events worldwide, Pow! Wow! Hawaii, adding a fresh, artistic energy to the all-ages Our Kakaako block party, with artists from Honolulu and beyond live painting and drawing throughout the event.
We had such a great time meeting everyone at the Night Market and were honored to be part of the artists showcased at the event! Check our Events calendar for more upcoming pop ups!
Many Mahalos to JAL credit card & Tokyo Broadcasting for doing an entire TV show program on Flotsam & Co. My passion for diving, our Made in Hawaii products and my personal creative process. So appreciative of all the support!
Flotsam & Co. products featured in Mori Hawaii's 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.
Flotsam & Co. was honored to be a part of a unique event which showcased local Hawaiian artists and vendors in a pop up general store hosted by Kinsfolk Brooklyn.
From September 10 to 17, hundreds of people stopped by the FLUX Hawaii General Store, curated in collaboration with Mori by Art + Flea, to shop wares from nearly 40 vendors Hawai‘i’s modern and diverse culture at Kinfolk 90 in Brooklyn, New York.
The pop-up shop will represent Hawaii’s modern and diverse culture to the global audience present in New York during Fashion Week and will offer iconic Hawaii products for sale from nearly 40 local artisans including Flotsam & Co.
The shop kicked off with a performance by Big Wave Tour champion Makua Rothman and Thomson Enos of Typical Hawaiians.
Mahalo to Mori Hawaii for including Flotsam & Co. in their newest photoshoot and Summer Lookbook! Featured are our shark's tooth bracelets and one of a kind gemstone druzy bracelets. Both are available online and in stores.