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How to buy a vintage Hawaiian shirt
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Joined: Oct 02, 2002
Posts: 2765
From: The Coast of Kauai
Posted: 2003-01-20 10:00 am   Permalink

My buddy and I have a list of prerequisites for a shirt to be a classic. It has to have the short cut you folks mentioned. We called it a "jack" cut. I do not know if that is a real term or not, thats just what we call it. The hem must hang just be below your belt line. There has to be width adjuster straps on each side on the the hem. I never adjust the widths of my shirt,so the decorative straps are ok. All buttons must be made of coconut, wood or old coins. etc, The pocket has to be put together so that it does not look like a pocket is there. Sewn in sew to speak. Trouble is that those type of inside pockets need constant ironing or else they wrinkle up and look weird beneath the fabric thus losing the incognito effect and ruining you spy like aura. Sleeves do not hang past the elbows. Hawaiian style fabric prefered but other styles are acceptable. My buddy has a blue shirt with a few stripes sewn down the left side with a tiki embroidered just the "secret" pocket. That shirt kicks all of our butts. I used to work in a clothing store in the mid eighties and I used to see these classic shirts weekly. Sadly my collection has been eaten by moths and deteriorated over time by detergent. Some of the buttons remain like sad little bones of royalty.


[ This Message was edited by: Chongolio on 2003-01-21 09:50 ]

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