This Long Sleeve Buttonup Aloha Shirt features our ʻApeʻelekū print on Black fabric with Slate and Baby Blue ink.
I remember ʻape growing near the ocean. Growing in the shade of Kamani trees, I am taken by the darkness of the leaves. Oversize, upright, and almost looking mutant, the ʻape had such a pronounced presence that it commanded attention.
I always liked ʻape. The glossy leaves are a powerful statement in the wild, growing in the darker understory. Heard that they used to eat the root during famine. I prefer to use the leaves as an umbrella in sudden downpours.
Early television helped set style. The images that came across the screen were the most vivid of life outside of our islands. Subliminally, the clothes that Hollywood dressed the actors and actresses continue to affect my creativity today.Charleston Heston, Paul Newman, and Clint Eastwood wore long sleeve shirts. But it was what they did with the sleeves that stuck! Their rolled cuffs, just below the elbow, made it different - and cool. Pulling the rolled cuff above the elbow made another statement: getting down to business…Nowadays, long sleeves are always in my suitcase. Plane rides are often cold, evenings brisk, and you never want to be “under dressed.” Weekly meetings are comfortable. I am protected from the blazing, sunny afternoons in Kona.Our long sleeve aloha shirts just got an update! We slimmed out the sleeves (so they are not too “pirate looking”, mahalo ITO). Still trimmed out with our signature coconut buttons. Still hand printed in Honolulu…
100% Cotton, Model wearing size M.