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Reyn Spooner and Kahala
No tacky Hawaiian shirts here! We’ve grouped these two amazing shirt lines together as they are “brother” collections. Be assured of original, proprietary designs on breezy cotton for both lines. Reyn runs a bit on the “athletic fit” side, Kahala, more relaxed. We have chosen just these two Hawaiian born shirts companies to rep our island style (both highly respected on their native soil as “originators” of this class of shirt)…when a plain white shirt just won’t do it! (And you can also find a nice selection of those in store…don’t worry)
In the early 1950’s, Reyn McCullough, a visionary merchant who owned and operated a successful men’s wear store on California’s Catalina Island, saw the growth potential the Hawaiian Islands had to offer and moved his family to Honolulu. Ruth Spooner, who in 1956 had established Spooners of Waikiki, was cultivating a reputation for the best “kine” custom surf trunks and shirts in the Islands. With Reyn’s knowledge of classic men’s fashion and tailoring, and Ruth’s knowledge of Hawaiian print and color, Reyn Spooner was created.
With an archive collected for over 50 years from the South Pacific, plus a more modern fit, new fabrications and inspired colors,you know it’s an instant classic.
1930’s Hawaii. A place of intrigue and romance, enchanting visitors from around the world. Beach boys paddled outrigger canoes into the Waikiki surf, giving their mainland guests a ride they’d never forget. During this time Kahala Sportswear was born, founded by Nat Norfleet, Sr. and George Brangier. They teamed up to offer tropical prints on comfortable styles to locals and visitors alike.
By 1939, the Kahala label was being sold in finer department stores in Honolulu and on the mainland. Kahala became known for subtle, tasteful cotton prints. Presently Kahala enjoys a following of loyal customers who recognize the company’s devotion to excellence in textile artwork and clothing styles with a personality that is distinctly Kahala. It represents a lifestyle that people identify with, whether they are Kama‘aina or visitors wanting to take a piece of Hawaii back home with them.
Rediscover Kahala. Living the dream since 1936.