This Buttondown Aloha Shirt features our Kukui Hou design on Eucalyptus fabric with Titanium ink.
Kukui is important in cultural practice. All parts of the tree, including the trunk, leaves, flowers and nuts provide a multitude of uses during everyday life in Hawaiʻi. One of my favorite is in the making of the condiment ʻinamona, the most important ingredient in making the most ʻono poke! As one of the first five designs we produced in 1982, kukui began as a pareu print. The layout was repetitive and ran along the edge of the fabric to allow the pattern to 'surround the person in enlightenment'. In the late 80s, we adapted the original image and created 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 Buttondown 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, Model wearing size M.