Aloha shirts, by most accounts, were introduced into mainstream American culture at the end of WWII. Homeward bound servicemen and women descended upon Hawaii’s shores in droves, where they discovered the peaceful motifs and bright colors of the garments and brought them home as souvenirs. Mark McNairy, in his typically irreverent manner, turns back time with his version of the aloha shirt for Heather Grey Wall. Made from rayon, the bright yellow, short-sleeve garment depicts a war-torn island landscape — helicopters, battleships, cannons and infantry — that trades hula girls and flowers for Pearl Harbor. Needless to say, the Mark McNairy for Heather Grey Wall 2013 Spring/Summer Aloha Shirt isn’t for everyone, but those interested can purchase it now online.
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