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Tropical breezes, an ice cold mai tai served in a coconut cup, lilting slack guitar, and The Tiki Shirt are all you need for a summer party done up Hawaiian style! This men’s shirt is a Waltah Clarke original and is tiki-licious in shades of black, chocolate, and white. The floral and geographic pattern is a classic Hawaiian design. The short-sleeved shirt boasts four buttons lined up the front (none are at the neck as it is made to be worn open), a left breast patch pocket, and small pleats below the back yoke. Pair with a linen short, your favorite sandals, and a hip straw porkpie hat and host the luau of the decade!

Waltah Clarke bio (via Vintage Fashion Guild)

Walter Clarke was a Los Angeles native who moved to Hawaii in 1938. He became fascinated with all aspects of Polynesian life and decided to bring Hawaiian designs to the US mainland. He changed the spelling of his name to Waltah to reflect the way it was pronounced by the Hawaiian people. In 1952, he opened his first store in Palm Springs, California, which featured Hawaiian shirts, swimwear and dresses.
Walter married his wife Gretchen in 1954 and she went on to design many of the prints for the store's fashions. The company stayed in the mainstream by altering traditional Hawaiian styles into fitted cocktail dresses and current fashion silhouettes.
The company eventually had thirty-one stores in Hawaii, California, Arizona, Florida and Chicago. The last store was sold in 2001. Clarke died in 2002 at the age of 89.

Period: 1960's/1970's

Measurements: Neck: 16” Chest Front: 21 ¼” Chest Back: 21 ½” Shoulder Top: 6 ¾” Center Front Length: 25 ¾”

Vintage Size: Unknown

Contemporary Size Equivalent: M

Condition: Mint

Tag: Made expressly for Waltah Clarke’s Hawaiian Shops: Hawaii, California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada

Original Materials: 100% Cotton

Laundry Instructions: Machine Wash Cold/Line Dry

The Vintage 1960's Waltah Clark Men's Hawaiian Tiki Shirt

$50.00

Only 1 available

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Material: cotton
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 164 reviews
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