Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A legend passes

There's news today that Alfred Shaheen has died. Okay, right now you're asking "who is Alfred Shaheen?"

Shaheen happens to be the man who made the floral-print Hawaiian shirt popular, clothing generations of tourists, frat boys and, of course, Magnum P.I. in the process. In 1948 Shaheen opened a Honolulu shop where he produced flower-print 'aloha shirts' not as disposable tourist gifts, but as high-quality garments - and an icon of American kitsch was born. Shaheen's business eventually became worth millions and he's credited with starting the garment industry in Hawaii.

I would don my black floral print in honor if it wasn't about to snow here.
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