Very rare vintage Kahala brand rayon aloha shirt in excellent condition features dashboard hula doll print, a special creation for the members of the exclusive Waialae Country Club (home of Hawai'ian Open Golf Tournament). Joining that club will set you back at least $45K. Or you can buy this shirt, brah~ mo' bettah, for a lot less.
By Kahala ~ a brand dating to 1937, and one of the earliest of the distinctive Hawai'i'an shirt makers, making early examples of the brand's work highly sought after by collectors ~ references to the label's venerable past are legion here.
Made of 100% rayon, as many early Aloha shirts were ~ rayon was created in 1924 and perfected during wartime as an alternative to silk, sharing silk's best features: takes dye very well, retains vibrant colors, and, like silk, is virtually indestructible.
The pattern pokes sly fun at the dashboard hula doll phenom of the '50's and '60's by featuring hula dolls doing the traditional things hula dolls do~ playing the ukelele, dancing the hula, bearing fragrant leis~ as well as some not so traditional moves, like holding pin-up girl poses.
Vintage tag size large, it's actually nearer a modern extra-large. Shoulder-to-Shoulder: 22.5" Chest: 48" Sleeves: 11" Length: 34"
Condition: True vintage, near mint condition. Kahala label, made in Hawai'i. Vivid colors. Perfectly matched breast pocket, genuine coconut husk buttons, official Waialae Country Club emblem, woven in a patch & sewn on~ a very well made shirt from a distinguished label & collectible in its right. Care instructions indicate that when new it was machine washable in cold water, but we recommend hand washing in gentle detergent, line dry to preserve its condition, which is excellent. Very minor flaws are a snag at at the top of the logo patch and threads around button holes.
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