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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:08 pm 
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This newb only has one Hawaiian shirt! To the Tiki lifers out there, please help. Looking for high-quality, natural fiber Hawaiian/Tiki shirts. More colorful, less colorful, subtle, loud, doesn't matter.

Sites? Makers? What to look for and what to avoid. Any and all help desperately needed. Is there a best brand? One that's been around longer than the others?

Does anyone make tailored/bespoke Tiki wear? What accessories should a Tiki lover think about adding first, middle-term, long-term?

Yes, I know ThinkGeek has them. Like so much of their merchandise, it looks good from afar, and then you get close up to it, and :( But, any and all suggestions are welcome.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:42 pm 
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Fashion Tramp in Hollywood Florida makes the best in the nation.

I think Chip at the order desk knows my first name.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:49 pm 
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my personal best are largely made by FashionTramp, as mentioned above.

I am also a big proponent of Thrift Shop shirts. there is more of an element of chance involved, but i would say literally like 3 or 4 of my favorite daily drivers are thrifted.

in general, i would point you in the direction of Tommy Bahama if money is no object.
then again, I have found a good number of great Tommy Bahamas at thrift shops for under $10.

good luck!

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:02 pm 
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Thanks Fellas for the shout out!

Check out these two sites that are my favorite for literally hundreds of Hawaiian prints to choose from. Have someone make you a shirt. Then you have a fantastic shirt just for you.

https://www.hawaiianfabric.com/

https://hawaiifabricmart.com/

Now for me geeking out on fabrics for a bit. Feel free to stop reading at this point. :D

Cotton feels great, but fades after a while.
Poly cotton washes great and keeps its color but not a breathable as 100% cotton.
Barkcloth is heavier weight and great for cooler weather when you still want to rock the Aloha shirt.
Rayon is super soft but doesn't usually come in tribal or graphic prints.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:06 pm 
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Can’t go wrong with Reyn Spooner.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:21 pm 
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If anyone from the San Francisco Bay Area is following this, I highly recommend Hummingbird in Berkeley (no real life outlet; he does art and craft fairs and otherwise takes orders by phone). He made a bunch of shirts for me from the same pattern that are now the uniform of the CapyBar. I've bought a bunch of other shirts from him over the years.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:00 am 
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I have found a lot of mine thrifting, ebay, and from vendors at Tiki events. I recommend you take at these sites to get an idea of the designs you might like:

https://www.hilohattie.com/

https://hawaiishirtcompany.com

https://www.reynspooner.com

Happy Hunting!

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:53 pm 
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I'm a lady so my desired tiki clothing is a bit different. I actually don't own a singular Hawaiian shirt, as I prefer dresses for my tiki fashions. However, my dad has been wearing Hawaiian shirts non-stop since the 90s. Maybe that's where my tiki interests started? My dad basically goes for the print and not much else. He doesn't care about natural fibers, but the shirts he does wear tend to be mostly rayon, which is technically natural. Most department stores do carry Hawaiian shirts, but I find many of the prints to be a bit too subdued for my liking. I've even seen some fun Hawaiian shirts at Target.

Etsy is a good place to go for Hawaiian shirts. This is my favorite etsy seller for vintage Hawaiian / tiki clothing: https://www.etsy.com/shop/thehanashirtco Although, do be aware of vintage sizing, it's a bit different than modern day sizing, even for men. Any of the decent vintage sellers on etsy also list the garment's actual measurements, which you can compare against clothing you think fits nicely.

Also, Spoonflower (custom printed fabrics) has a side business call Sprout Patterns. You can have on of their custom prints sewn into a shirt for you. It's not cheap, but that could be another option for you. There are lots of fun tiki prints on that website and you can even choose the fabric type. https://sproutpatterns.com/colette-patt ... roni-shirt


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:19 pm 
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kemika_popoki wrote:
I'm a lady so my desired tiki clothing is a bit different.


Yes, to all readers, please include suggestions for Wahine and Kane.

These pointers are all great. Keep them coming!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 12:45 am 
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I might be giving away some of my tiki clothing secrets, but here are a few online stores that I've gotten several amazing tiki dresses from. Many of them also cater to the punk / rockabilly crowd, which tiki fits into. Etsy and eBay are also a good source for vintage clothing, as well as various tiki festivals and conventions. One of my favorite tiki dresses, is a vintage shift that I found at the Hukilau.

https://www.modcloth.com/
http://www.unique-vintage.com/
http://www.eshakti.com/
https://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/
https://www.lindybopusa.com/
http://www.trashydiva.com/
https://www.sourpussclothing.com/
https://theoblongboxshop.com/
https://catslikeus.com/
https://www.voodoovixen.co.uk/
http://www.steadyclothing.com/
https://berniedexter.com/
http://www.daddyos.com/
https://www.retroliciousbrand.com/
http://www.toofastonline.com/


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:08 pm 
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Do not ignore the (many) virtues of rayon!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:00 am 
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Aloha!

I am also a custom designer/dressmaker. (in North Carolina) I do some menswear (shirts, jackets, etc...) and loads of womenswear (dresses, skirts, shirts, pants, playsuits, etc...). My website is www.rocketbetty.com if you want to look at my work. I also keep a pretty good stock of vintage Aloha-wear in my studio but it's not currently listed online. (Hopefully soon!) I'd be happy to assist if I can.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:11 pm 
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on top of everything mentionned, I'm a big fan of Avanti. They make awesome reproductions of vintage patterns. They are a bit expensive but if you compare to the price of the vintage shirts they are reproducing, you feel better about your purchase ;) I also usually wait until they have a 15-20% sale to splurge :D The make women stuff too! I love the fit of their shirts.

https://www.avantishirts.com/collections/vintage


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:25 pm 
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I love me some Reyn Spooner.

I need to get out to California, last time I found a store in Seal Beach near Don the Beachcomber that had racks and racks of brand new but discontinued Spooner stuff and it was all SUPER cheap.

But for the right one I'll pay list price, the Spooner cloth is great quality.

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