Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Alfred Shaheen, maker of aloha shirts, dies at 86

I just read a sad article about the death of Alfred Shaheen, who passed away in Los Angeles on December 22, 2008. Alfred Shaheen was the most creative and prolific Hawaiian manufacturer in the heyday of post-WWII fashion. He’s credited with advances in manufacturing aloha shirts and raising the garments to the level of high fashion with artistic prints, high-grade materials and quality construction. He also designed the shirt Elvis wore on the cover of the “Blue Hawaii” soundtrack. Shaheen was 86 when be passed. You can read more about this remarkable man and his contribution to Hawaii here. He will be missed. Aloha.

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