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Monday, January 05, 2009

inventor of the "hawaiian shirt" dies

no wai :(

where would i be without my aloha shirt?


mo info here and here.

if you ever find a shirt with the label above, pls send it to me. thx!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jan 6 2009 Inventor Of The Hawaiian Shirt Passes Away

Long Live Anti-Fasion!

I have a collection of about 30,

MDW would say "Over 100",

I'd say "No way!"

She'd say "But you have two wardrobes and a pile that I can't hang up!"

Reply: "I'm not responsible for your weak shoulders, they are silk or crushed rayon, they are light and take up no space!

(and they feel so sensual! all my tango dancing partners agree!)"

"But you have 200 of them! and you have been spending £300 a month at Jams World"

Response " You are exagerating! have you seen how far the pound has fallen against the Dollar? and don't you know there is a recession starting, we all have to economise!"

"Stop buying those shirts, anyone would think you were a closet `Metro Radio` DJ"

"Good Grief! I never thought you thought that little of me!"

"I want a divorce! , and the house , and the car, your pension, the
savings account and the dog!"

"your lawyer will let me keep the shirts?"

"He'd better!"

There are only two types of people in the world:
The Anti-Fasionistas and the faschists!

You would be forgiven for never hearing of designer Alfred Shaheen.
Yet he inspired one of the most colourful, amusing and unforgettable styles of Anti-fashion ever known - the Hawaiian shirt.

Sadly the pioneering textile manufacturer has died at age 86.

As tourists from the US to Hawaii after World War II, many began to bring home colorful but cheesy looking shirts and sundresses that would be cause for much amusement among friends.

Shaheen began to change that in 1948 when he opened Shaheen's of Honolulu and began designing, printing and producing "aloha" shirts, dresses and other ready-to-wear clothing of better quality.

Among those seen in Shaheen-designed shirts of that era was Elvis Presley, who wore one for the cover of his 1961 soundtrack album "Blue Hawaii."

Such Shaheen originals are collectors items and now sell for more than £500

"Before Shaheen came along, there was no Hawaii garment industry. There were mom and pop stores but no real modern industry," Linda Arthur, a professor of textiles and clothing at Washington State University said.

By 1959, the year Hawaii became a state, he had more than 400 employees working for him and was grossing more than $4 million a year as the major player in the islands' garment industry.

This is a link to the wikkipedia link!


7:29 PM  
Blogger Moncorbuus said...

I just realized that I have an authentic hawaiian shirt from Hawaii. A friend bought it for me several years ago when he went back to visit his family. I will need to dig it out from storage. But if I find it, it will be on its way to you... I am hoping the shirt tag is the same as the tag you show on this post. Cross your fingers!

Last I check we wear the same size shirt no? You are 7'-0" and I am 5'-0", it would fit right? HAHAHAHA

10:22 AM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

that is a very generous offer, but it'd be best if you wore the shirt! :D but if you aren't inclined to, i'd be sure it found a loving home...

11:10 AM  
Blogger Carol Ott said...

I have a couple of Shaheen tunics...and I think a skirt. Beautiful hand-printed fabrics. I can loan you the skirt, but you have to give it back...

9:39 PM  
Blogger johnny dollar said...

hee... well mebbe it's better you wear it. pix pls thx :D

7:01 AM  

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