Monday, November 17, 2014

Ever been fired by someone wearing a Hawaiian shirt?

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am the number one fan of Hawaiian shirts and clothing with motifs that depict the cool laid back lifestyle of Hawaii. When you wear one, even on a brutally cold February day in the northern United States, it still feels appropriate to cut out of work a bit early and indulge in a Mai Tai or four. Let me prove my point by telling you about a company I once worked for. For something like 10 years I worked for a company that made pilot training software, while some of the day to day tasks were somewhat challenging, my mind still wandered.
I lost track of the numbers of days and months that I spent dreaming of being on a beach with my toes in the sand.
Fortunately for me the company dress code was fairly loose, though the downside was they didn’t allow management to wear shorts or flip flops on the property, lesser employees could wear whatever, especially if it was hot outside. But if you were in management they expected you to dress business casual when in office, to business formal during business trips.
In the early years of employment with them, my daily wardrobe primarily consisted of sneakers, jeans and a toned down Hawaiian shirt, something similar to this reverse print Hawaiian shirt.  

But the longer I was at that company, the more daring my wardrobe became. The Hawaiian shirts in my work wardrobe became brighter and bolder with each passing month, my closet at home was a kaleidoscope of color! I remember one day in particular, I wore blue jeans with a shirt that had vivid yellow and red parrots and a sprinkling of green all on a white background, you could probably see me from space that day. I think some of the progression had to do with rebellion, I detested weekly meetings, and attendees were regularly subjected to some of the longest and most unproductive meetings in recorded history.
The meetings I was forced to attend were full of kiss ass people wearing ties and business suits, eagerly awaiting some drivel to spill from the CEOs mouth, and then there was me, usually wearing a shirt with big loud flowers and such. Meetings demonstrated that time really does stand still, like an old photograph. I mean who has not wanted to add color back into an old, black and white photograph at least on time in their life?  

In the final 2 or 3 years of employment there my passion for Hawaii and island lifestyles in general started spilling over into the 2 departments I managed. Be it a tropical screen saver, hula doll etc. by the time my employment was terminated most of my full time 8 employees had something tropical in their cubical, a few even converted over to wearing a tropical themed shirt at least once a week. Honestly, they were enjoying their jobs more than the company liked, it actually irked senior management to no end.
Sadly there was a dark side to my position, which was having to let go of contracted help or worse, terminate a permanent employee. My approach was pretty laid back, I would usually tell them we have to have a unpopular discussion and asked them if they would like to have it over lunch at Islands or down and dirty in the meeting room. Only a few opted for the meeting room, which provided no mechanisms to retain ones dignity.  

While I have never seen any of those people I had to let go, I am optimistic that they would be genuinely friendly towards me. I also know that they will forever remember being terminated (often for being slackers) by a guy wearing a brightly colored Aloha shirt.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Wrap Your Torso in Tropical Parrots

I realize that winter is just starting to kick-in in many parts of the country, but on this side of the united states its summer, and almost year round. Our weather, which averages in the high 70 to low 80s makes it easy to maintain a tropical mindset year-round.

When I am at the office my mind frequently drifts off to the beach or some tropical island, sometimes its all I can think about. Many days I am wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt with really colorful parrots that wrap my torso in tropical splendor.

I can shut my eyes and almost feel the warm ocean breeze and hear the waves gently crashing on the beach and the parrots squawking in the trees.

Yup, its hard to beat living in a warm climate such as this, though we most certainly pay for it. But its still worth it, mainly because I hate snow and winter and all that cold stuff. No thank you mam, its flip flops, shorts and Hawaiian shirts for me!

In our business it really is Hawaiian shirt Friday every day of the year. So even if winter is upon you think Spring and the next 3 or 4 months will pass much quicker. Need some tropics in your life? Here is a discount coupon that you can use on your next purchase.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Why we blog

If your reading this, then you are probably one of the many customers and subscribers to the Da Kine Hawaiian Aloha blog. You may also be a fan of our business on Facebook or Twitter. But recently it came to my attention that many readers, customers, and close friends do not fully understand why we actually blog.

I think about a lot of topics and why I do something's and why I don't do others, but the blogging portion is pretty clear. Like a lot of our friends and customers businesses, we are a shining example of a mom and pop business. Our business model is pretty clear, we manufacture and sell Hawaiian shirts on-line and in our retail location in downtown Escondido CA. All in hopes that we will make enough money to pay our day to day bills, and maybe get a few items for the grandchildren, as well as covering a little entertainment for ourselves. Fishing fits the bill for me and my wife.

We primarily we use this blog as a venue to advertise and promote our products, we post for anyone that will read. Promoting a small business in a niche market can be daunting as the market is small and advertising budgets dry up fast, though there are many months where advertising money is non-existent.

But I have to say that in the back of my mind that I am also hoping that a reader or customer will have some Aloha and possibly blog or simply tell their friends about us. I believe that is also referred to as wishful thinking. I am also the first to admit that we don't have the advertising money to compete in the paid advertising arena.

Word of mouth is a powerful tool that shouldn't be taken lightly by any business, it can make you prosper or break you as well. How does your blogging help us? Well it's a multifaceted objective, in one hand doing so give you something to write about, it also exposes our business to your readership (which helps us with new customer acquisition). Your friend my in turn tank you for turning them on to some great products. Secondly, a blog article or webpage with a URL in it pointed to your favorite product page (like the one in this article) helps us somewhat improve our position in search engines.

Admittedly it's a small amount boost (though good karma may come your way), but it all helps. Especially when our survival on the web relies on us bettering the big box stores and goliath shopping sites like Amazon, all of whom could care less about providing things above and beyond customer service. We will even open up the store on days that we were scheduled to be closed, all just to help out the customer with tight time constraints. Even if you just have a minor question you can call our office at 760-294-1765 and we will do whatever it takes to help you. Charles will answer, call in the morning and he will just listen to whatever you have to say, mainly because it takes him forever to wake up and be productive.

Ok so your saying to yourself what do I get out of all of this. Monetary wise you get nothing for your efforts, but in terms of karma and do-gooding brownie points, the reward can be monumental. Your efforts will in a sense bring you even closer to the Wave Shoppe family. There are not enough words in the English language to describe our sincere appreciation for our customers.

Mahalo \m/

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Selecting Shirts for Redheaded Men

Most men that come into our retail store have no clue on how to select shirts that go well with their hair color. The guys that have the toughest time are the gingers (redheads) because there are so few colors that compliment redheaded men. Those who are characterized by their paler, whitish skin and golden hair color will look their absolute best in warm blues and greens in varied shades of navy and olive colors.

At Wave Shoppe we offer a good selection of men's Hawaiian shirts that will compliment men with red hair. The ultimate challenge in selecting a green shirt is to select a shirt that doesn't make you look like a leprechaun.

Finding pictures of famous redheads on the internet is almost impossible, I was thinking a picture of Prince Harry in a Hawaiian shirt would make a good illustration, but I couldn't find one. So the next best thing is to just provide you with an image of the shirts we think would look good on gingers.

First up is a green Hawaiian shirt with pineapples, in a green color that has a hit of grey in the shirting (gray is another good choice).

The grey works because it is a very lite shade of grey with an overlay of sage, if it was too prominent, then it wouldn't work as well.

This particular green color works well for men with red hair, especially those whom want to wear a green shirt, yet has a green coloring that is far removed from being leprechaun green, a color and stigma you want to avoid at all costs.

When it comes to blues, there is a broad spectrum of shades of blue, especially with dye lots in shirting, but we think navy blue Hawaiian shirts look best on gingers.

Whether you have short red hair or even tressed red hair. Regardless of your color preferences, navy blue should be hanging in the closet of every red headed, Hawaii loving, American male. Navy blue just makes a man look good, especially when it's a navy blue Hawaiian shirt!

In closing we want to add that some of the worst shirt colors for men with red hair are black and tomato reds, those colors do nothing for gingers and should be avoided, unless you are carrot top (Scott Thompson) and don't care much about how people perceive you. He doesn't have a problem wearing orange or bright red shirts, but then he has some sort of celebrity status and we don't.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Automobile Threads

It's pretty common to place a design or embroidered logo on a shirt to shows ones affiliation to a company or brand. But when you have a obsession for vehicles, such as automobiles, you go all out and get a shirt that looks like a billboard ad for your favorite auto. 

While we have certainly seen our share of t-shirts with a full spectrum of automotive themes, from my personal favorite, which were the shirts with big daddy Ed Roth's Rat Fink rat rods, to almost every make and model of classic car, its probably been put on a t-shirt.

But equally popular with the car crowd are Hawaiian shirts with cars which are adorned with everything from woody cars, to hot rods such as 5-widow ford coupes. While t-shirts are predominantly white, a Hawaiian shirt with automobiles can come in a myriad of colorways. White, blue and green are very popular colors with automobile enthusiasts.

Fontana Speedway wearing Wave Shoppe's white woody car Hawaiian shirts
Wave Shoppe's which are designed and manufactured in Hawaii. That particular shirt boasts a red woody car parked on a palm tree lined beach.

The designs and color combinations available are only limited by your imagination. Many of the Hawaiian car shirts contain secondary themes such a 50s diners, cruise nights, and of course imaginary beach themes. Ha, most of the classic cars I have seen at car shows would get stuck in the sand, so many designs are just pure fantasy.

One thing I have not seen on Hawaiian shirting as of yet are the expensive late model cars such as Cadillac SRX parked on the beach or a Cadillac CTX or the Audi A8 L W12 cruising town, but its possible that those cars and many others could actually make it into a Hawaiian shirt in the next 20 years or so. I mentioned Cadillac because at some point in our future the 55 Chevy's are going to step aside and those Cadillac models are going to become the new "classic Chevys".

And take note that shirts emblazoned with cars are not just for the guys, as you can see in the picture above, the are a lot of women working at the speedway and they wear all sorts of shirts with automobiles when they are at work.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hawaiian Shirts Last Forever and Other Fairy Tales

In todays topic we are going to discuss what it actually takes to manufacture well made clothing, though we will be sticking to our circle of expertise, which is manufacturing Hawaiian clothing. Our Hawaiian shirts will almost last forever, here is why:

At Wave Shoppe we offer our customers a variety of purchase options, you may purchase in-person at our retail store or you may purchase clothing online on our secure website. We primarily carry 3 clothing labels in our store, RJC, KY's and our own label, Wave Shoppe.

The major differences between the 3 labels we carry is that the RJC and KY's shirts are a camp style cut, meaning they do not have yolks and are open collar and do not button up to the neck. The Wave Shoppe shirts have yolks and under collars and button all the way up to the neck. We also apply fusible interfacing in key areas before sewing.

In short there are quite a few more components used to make Wave Shoppe's Hawaiian shirts for men vs. the camp shirts sold by others.

We firmly believe that the added components add a layer of sophistication to the shirts we manufacture, a comparable shirt would be the shirts made by Kahala, though our shirts are priced considerably less.

Material wise there is also a broad range of shirting utilized to construct Hawaiian shirts. Some shirting used in imported garments (as well as many garments sewn in Hawaii) has a noticeably lower thread count, which starts showing wear after just a few washings, imported shirts definitely wont last forever. All of our shirting used in the construction of the Hawaiian shirts sporting the colorful Wave Shoppe label is cotton poplin, which is a very durable, higher end cotton shirting.

But nothing lasts forever, even our shirts. All in all the shirts we sell in the showroom will last you quite a long time, longer than most of the Hawaiian shirts online. I have a few that are still looking good after 10 years of hard wear and tear.

We did promise you a fairy tale so here it is, on Amazon: The Emperor's New Clothes: A Fairy Tale (Little Pebbles)


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tropical Clothing is for all Species

With winter just around the corner you have to ask yourself, why get more tropical clothing, such as Hawaiian shirts, today? That's actually a pretty common question that's also relatively easy to answer.

Since humans are warm-blooded, we tend to design and surround ourselves with environments that incite warmth and coziness, and in many situations, tropical settings. You see it in our cars, our homes, and especially in our clothing choices.

Pick just about anyone living in a snowbelt state and ask them what they think of when its cold and snowy outside, if I was a betting man I would say they think of Spring or something tropical.

While you may find it odd that someone would be making snow angels while wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts, I am willing to bet that it has happened quite a few times. I have personally seen people snow skiing in shorts and Hawaiian shirts.

Ok so you say that's a guy thing? Nope, with the availability of brightly colored women's Hawaiian shirts on the internet, womens button-up shirts such as these womens purple Hawaiian shirts from Wave Shoppe's Ohana collection are giving the guys a run for their money.

Why if yopu don't believe me just go to any Jimmy Buffet concert, you will see a plethora of women wearing Hawaiian / Tropical garb and en mass. Be forwarned, the lady landsharks often choose colors and patterns so bright and bold that they are often eclipsing the mens tailgate wardrobes. And all in the name of charity, well, usually.

Save the manatee:

And on that note we wish to wrap things up with a picture of  one of our awesome (and charitable) customers taking the Polar Bear Plunge while wearing a one of a kind ugly Hawaiian shirt from Wave Shoppe's 2014 Ugly Shirt collection.

Take the plunge:


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hot Hawaiian Shirt Costumes for Halloween

Insane asylum Hawaiian shirt
Halloween is that one time of year that people are encouraged to dress like they came from an insane asylum, people dress up in everything from ghoulish to fairytale. For those that want something more in-between and are not morbidly interested in death or disaster, we recommend going Hawaiian. You can choose form an array of men's Hawaiian shirts on Wave Shoppe's website, though a few shirts stand out more than others. Below are our top 2 picks.
Men's orange Hawaiian shirt with parrots
Orange is a color that is symbolic of Halloween, thus a Orange Hawaiian shirt would be quite appropriate, especially for men. Sure it would be nice to have a Hawaiian shirt with pumpkins but you cant have everything, can you.

Men's ugly Hawaiian shirt
Of number 2 choice would be Wave Shoppe's world famous ugly Hawaiian shirt which is concocted from an array of non- matching, non- complimenting fabrics. If your looking to be viewed as hideous looking this Halloween we suggest choosing one of these shirts. Each ugly Hawaiian shirt is different from the next so you are insured to have a one of a kind Hawaiian Halloween themed costume.