Living: High, Wide and Hawaiian

Aloha shirts, once strictly tourist togs, turn into upscale fashion

How about a nice round of applause for Ellery J. Chun? Chun is credited not only with first using the term "aloha shirt" but with being the first to manufacture commercially those eye-glazing prints.

That was back in 1936, when the shirts sold for about a buck. Now the same % number might go for several hundred times the original price. Now high-fashion designers from Italy, Japan and France are adapting and transmuting the fit, dash and splashy spirit of Hawaiian shirts into a bedazzling array of prints. Now up-to-the-minute fashion emporiums like Barneys in New York City import racks full...

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