When you picture a tropical Hawaiian shirt in your mind, there's a very good chance that you're picturing a Reyn Spooner Hawaiian Shirt. Reyn Spooner hit the Hawaiian fashion scene in 1961 when a California fashion mogul named Reyn McCullough moved to Waikiki and met seamstress Ruth Spooner. The duo decided to pair collegiate button-down shirts with the vibrant prints popular in Hawaii. By 1962 McCullough had bought out Ruth Spooner. McCullough died in 1984 and various corporate entities have owned the brand since that time. So if you truly want an authentic Reyn Spooner Hawaiian shirt, then vintage is the only way to go.
Hawaiian shirts are known for their mid-century themes. I love seeing men in a Hawaiian shirt plastered with muscle cars, corvettes, and mustangs. If my husband would let me, I'd have a hula girl bobblehead on the dashboard of our truck. Palm trees and surfboards remind me of those wonderful mid-century surfing movies. I'm always on the look out for a vintage Hawaiian shirt for my dad. He lives in them in the summer.
You can scout out all of the thrift shops and yard sales in your neighborhood or you can just look at some of the great Reny Spooner shirts found on eBay.