My Favorite Hawaiian Shirt Maker

I was going to post my Friday Hawaiian shirt, but I have come to the conclusion that I look like a serial killer in selfies.  Perhaps I need to do the teenager thing and practice a selfie pose.  Anyway, instead, I will post my favorite shirt-maker, which is Tori Richard.  (I am wearing this one today, which has a puckered fabric I like).

One downside of a lot of Hawaiian shirts is that I don't love the fabric.  Even my Tommy Bahama shirts, which are expensive, give me problems (the raw silk gets really stiff if I wash it and hang it out to dry -- my wife says ironing it would soften it but forget that).  Tori Richard shirts feel great and though they are not on the wildest end of Hawaiian shirts, they look great.  I like the fit of the orange label, which are more tailored than the typical Hawaiian shirt.

  • Ruggerbunny

    I tend to avoid the cotton shirts due to the heat. I have found Rayon to be fairly comfortable and cool. You have to watch for shrinking, but they hold up well.

  • marque2

    The Rayon ones (sometimes called bamboo fiber, other trends - really just modified celluse fiber) keeps its soft silky feel through more washes than silk. Also I get my hawaiin shirts professionally washed at the dry cleaners - seems to keep them soft longer.

    And Rayon shirts are expensive as.well - if that is what you are looking for.

  • kidmugsy

    When we lived in Oz we liked the colourful products of Ken Done. Perhaps you might buy some next time you're there.

    http://www.kendone.com.au/shop.php

  • Mercury

    I prefer vintage print Hawaiian shirts myself. I got a great one recently at the Kittery Trading Post in Maine of all places but I don't have it handy at the moment to ID the brand.

    I also used to have some 1980s era JAMS shirts which were more surf-punky. These are the guys who basically invented the board shorts of the 1960s.

    I've also noticed that sometimes the more super-gaudy, all-poly vintage prints that are a little too loud for polite company, actually look great in black & white photos.

    One of these days I'm going to bring back the white linen suite ensemble too:
    http://iconicauctions.com/ItemImages/000042/42881a_med.jpeg

  • Mercury

    I prefer vintage print Hawaiian shirts myself. I got a great one recently at the Kittery Trading Post in Maine of all places but I don't have it handy at the moment to ID the brand.

    I also used to have some 1980s era JAMS shirts which were more surf-punky. These are the guys who basically invented the board shorts of the 1960s.

    I've also noticed that sometimes the more super-gaudy, all-poly vintage prints that are a little too loud for polite company, actually look great in black & white photos.

    One of these days I'm going to bring back the white linen suite ensemble too:
    http://iconicauctions.com/ItemImages/000042/42881a_med.jpeg

  • Peter Thoenen

    Just at FYI but Reyn Spooner are the gold standard for Aloha shirts though not sure if available outside Hawaii.

  • Bistro

    my better half will kill me. retired navy capt, wears t shirts and shorts and sandals. 30 years in and around cali just ruined me for what passes for polite society. It's a new world when you absolutely don't care what people think. Srsly, could not care less.

  • sean2829

    That selfie serial killer look is from a short focal length. Hand you phone to someone else, tell them to stand back then zoom in a bit. It will look a lot better.

  • My favorite Aloha Shirt manufacturer is Bishop Street. Very comfortable, pockets always match the pattern of the shirt perfectly. Inexpensive too.

  • marque2

    Always carry a selfie stick

  • Joe Blizzard

    I like Royal Creations slit pocket shirts from the 80s. There are usually a lot on eBay. I don't think the later ones with sewn on pockets are quite as nice. For times when I need something a little more subdued, I like the Harriton M560 Barbados. Feels like a Hawaiian shirt, but without the flowers.

  • I have 3 Tori Richards, two silk and one cotton, all purchased in Hawaii. I always dry clean the silk ones, the cotton one is hand washed and pressed by my wonderful wife. All 3 get raves when I wear them.