When Kona Bay’s designer (you may put in your name, KC, if you like) was a youngster in Japan, his parents were fascinated with American culture. Fond memories of his childhood included watching the 1950 film, “From Here to Eternity.” To date, this particular movie holds great meaning for the designer, and his choice to replicate the patterns from aloha shirts worn by its star, Montgomery Clift, is understood.
With careful attention to detail, Kona Bay has replicated these designs perfectly. If one is lucky enough to be able to spend thousands of dollars for a Duke Kahanamoku-labeled, vintage original, that’s one thing. But Kona Bay offers a slice of that old-time, relaxed excellence, at an affordable price, to the rest of us.
All garments are done to the specifications the manufacturers adhered to, back from the days when pride and perfection could be found in each and every shirt:
When visiting Bailey’s Antiques and Aloha Shirts in Hawai’i, many visitors comment on how close the Kona Bay replicas are to the originals when seen, side by side. Kona Bay invites you to throw on one of these precious garments to understand what we already know:
The elegance and style from this by-gone era, found in all Kona Bay garments, sets us apart from all others. Step back into time with us, and see what we are talking about.