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1950s IOLANI Hawaiian Shirt

1950s IOLANI Hawaiian Shirt

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Grab a MaiTai and this button down- and you are set for a Hawaiian Holiday where ever you are!

1950s rare Iolani Hawaiian Shirt- M/S men's, M/L women's

The artwork for this shirt came from artists in Japan that hand painted exquisite art work for the Iolani line of shirts that was introduced in the mid 1950’s. They would send pictures from Hawaii to the artists who would interpret the early images of Hawaii, putting together collages with different themes.

Barren mountains, possibly inspired by those on Maui at Haleakala fill the background and awapuhi ginger-like flowers blend with branches of hala or pandanus. Shades of tropical turquoise sky work well with the mountains and green hala leaves on an antique cream yellow ground. Iolani only made shirts like this for a few years and then shifted into other shirting directions. Probably because of the amount of time and effort it took to produce.
Please look at enlarged images, the artwork is stunning!

Size: Mens (Please see measurements) S-Med

Size: Womens (Please see measurements) Med-Lrg 

Chest: 20" under arm to under arm
Shoulder 16.5"
Length: 28" top of collar to hem
Made in Hawaii

Condition: Excellent! As with items from this time there are a few faint stains, see pictures of the back. We found one tiny pin hole on the back. The button holes are all in great shape no loose seams or repairs.

Notes: label reads IOLANI, Made in Hawaii
This shirt design was only made for a few years. All other shirts from this time and maker are in private collections, we could'nt find a single one for sale.

Notes on maker: Iolani was formed in 1946 by Hawaiian businessman Isamu Takabuki. He sold this company in 1953 to Edith and Keiji Kawakami. The Iolani Sportswear company has been owned by the Kawakami family to this day.

Please remember these are vintage items reclaimed from various sources and we don't always know the full history of all items. Please let us know prior to purchase if you have any questions.

All images and copy shown here are the express property of the AftCabin and may not be used or copied without consent.


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But please contact us within 5 days of delivery if you have any problems with your order. Some exceptions may apply.

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Some clothing or accessories are very delicate given the age. Appropriate care must be taken with these items. We will not refund items that have become broken or damaged with use after purchase. 

To be eligible for a return, your item must be in the same condition that you received it, with the original tags attached. No exceptions.  

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