The Sun Surf brand is known for making the finest reproductions of classical Hawaiian shirts today. These shirts are carefully reproduced with a big attention to details when it comes to the patterns, fabrics and fits of the fantastic shirts produced on Hawaii in the 30s to the 50s. If you compare these shirts to a original vintage one it will be hard to tell the difference!
The pattern in this shirt has a rather special history. The design is taken from the poet and artist Don Blanding (1894-1957). According to the story, Don decided to visit Hawaii after seeing the play "Bird of Paradise" and that was the beginning of Blanding's love affair with the Hawaiian Islands. He moved to Hawaii and was working as a cartoonist for a Honolulu newspaper while also designing patterns for the legendary American china ceramics company, Vernon Kilns. The Leilani pottery pattern made by Don Blanding gets new life here in the form of a Hawaiian shirt made by Sun Surf in Japan.
Rayon is a semi-synthetic cellulosic fiber that has been used in textiles since 1899 and is among others known as the go to textile for Hawaiian shirts. The secret that makes Rayon a perfect fiber for warmer temperatures comes from the characteristics of the fibre. It's soft, smooth, comfortable and some what shiny. Compared to cotton, Rayon is a less absorbent fibre making it perfect to wear in humid climates and in warmer weather. It isn’t a naturally warm fabric, which means that it doesn’t retain heat. It will stay cool and breathable, a necessity during the hottest days of summer.
Johan is 173 cm tall, weigh 67 kg and wears a size S.
Tori is 165 cm tall with a weigh of 60 kilos and wears a size S.
- Sun Surf Rayon Hawaiian Shirt Leilani Navy - Lot no. SS39016 - Pattern from the Leilani pottery made by Don Blanding - Chest pockets - 100% rayon - Made in Japan