This Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our Kukuihou print on Leather fabric with Khaki ink.
Kukui was important in practice. All parts of the tree were used: the trunk, leaves, flowers and nuts provided a multitude of uses in everyday life in Hawai'i. One of my favorite uses is in the making of the condiment inamona, the most important ingredient in making poke! As one of the first five designs that went into production in 1982, this kukui began as a pareu print. The layout was repetitive to run at the base of the fabric to allow the pattern to 'surround the person in enlightenment'. In the late 80s, we used the original image to create a layout of bands for a simple, effective new design for shirts and dresses.
Inspired by the ivy-league shirts of the early 1900s, the fabric designs are pure Hawai‘i, and the look is pleasingly fresh. The Buttonup is an open front, tapered shirt with a full length placket, while the Pullover features a half placket and is designed slightly wider to allow over-the-head dressing with ease. Coconut buttons are featured on the stand-up, button-down collar and on the front placket. Tuck it in or leave it out over the trousers for a more casual look. Either way, it's the perfect touch of crisp aloha!
100% Cotton, Studio model is 5'11" and wearing a size M.