Kahala x Nick Kuchar Aloha Shirts
ALOHA SHIRT COLLABORATION
The aloha shirt is about as ubiquitous in Hawaii as the palm tree. Worn by just about everyone, the islands are always craving new takes on an old classic. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I enthusiastically agree to take on an aloha shirt collaboration. And as far as the aloha shirt is concerned, Kahala is legend. Since 1936 they've been producing the floral print button downs with 'a bit of the Waikiki beach boy spirit.'
For their new Summer collection, we created one pattern, two-ways. The pattern features some of my favorite coastal elements. Living near the beach, I regularly pass two plants: the naupaka kahakai and the hala. The naupaka kahakai is that thick, green blanket of bushes that lie low to the ground. You've probably seen them hanging background to a bunch of canoes at Lanikai Beach. The hala is its opposite, a tree with spiky protruding leaves, commonly woven into hats. And of course it wouldn't be complete without some surf.