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Reserved Kawika MOD 1950s Waltah Clarke Hawaiian Shirt  Made in Hawaii Floral Red Orange Avocado Barkcloth Shirt

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Authentic Vintage Aloha Shirt from the 1950s. Classic Mens styling of the period. Made by Waltah Clarke as indicated on the Original Tag, which has been dated to before the early 1960s. Tag Reads" Made in Honolulu for Waltah Clarke's Hawaiian Shop-Honolulu, Palm Spring, Palm Beach, Las Vegas". Early 1960s tags Include other locations like Scottsdale, Beverly Hills, Balboa Island, this one does not. No Size Tag but I believe it is a Size Medium/Large. This Wonderful shirt is made in a BOLD Textured Fabric that screams Hawaii with huge Vibrant Hibiscus/Palm Leaf Floral Motif in an orange red with Avocado and White.There is no fabric content tag but it feels like a thicker but soft Cotton, Barkcloth possibly. Very luxurious and feels like high quality fabric, see the amazing detail of the texture in Zoom, on 4th picture. There is a textile makers mark on the inside selvage seam, that reads" VHY Hawaiian Textiles #4021". The button up front has Brass tone Patina Buttons with detailing, the "extra" original button is still attached at the bottom. There is one chest pocket. The shirt is nicely finished with back shoulder pleats for a nice fit. The shirt is in Excellent Vintage Condition with No stains or heavy wear. Appears to have not been worn much if at all. Please refer to measurements listed below to ensure a proper fit. Double where appropriate.

Measurements:
Shoulder to shoulder : 17"
Chest - 22
Length - 26 1/2"
Width at hem-21"

Fun Fact:
Von Hamm-Young VHY Hawaiian Textiles was around from early 1950 to early 1960's. According to the Hawaiian government website, some of the Von Hamm-Young corporations merged into or changed names to The Hawaii Corporation during the early 1960s to the early 1970s.

Waltah Clarke, or Walter Clark, 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.

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Reserved Kawika MOD 1950s Waltah Clarke Hawaiian Shirt Made in Hawaii Floral Red Orange Avocado Barkcloth Shirt

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  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: tropical, hibiscus, surf surfing, big kahuna, paradise, aloha shirt, beach beachcomber, neon sherbert, scooter, mens, spring summer, hawaiian print lei Polynesian surfer, medium M Large L
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