This review is one of my all time favorite Hawaiian Shirt. OK, so in reality it is an Arizona Shirt. But saying it’s an Arizona Shirt hasn’t quite caught on yet. But I’m sure it will soon.
Kokopelli Shirts – Cotton RoadRunner Shirt – Sold by Kokopelli Shirts – $99 (bought on sale for $69)
Most people who know my taste would be surprised that I love a shirt with no flowers on it. The combination of the road runner, cactus, along with the dancing kokopelli figure leads to a very subtle, but unique shirt. I also love the feel of the fabric and the rounded wooden/coconut buttons.
Authentic: 4 Flowers – Great Buttons. Pocket Matches. But I can’t give it 5 flowers, because it’s an Arizona Shirt, not a Hawaiin shirt.
Fabric: 5 Flowers – 100% cotton fabric. This fabric was designed to be worn in Arizona, so it breathes very well. It manages to keep you cool, despite it being a very solid fabric. It has a very high quality feel that was made to last you for years.
Style: 4 Flowers – Not a flowery shirt, and yet very appealing. Kokopelli shirts has managed to pull together the elements of the desert into a very good looking shirt.
Final Score: 13 Flowers – A great looking shirt, great fabric, and very nice style. One of my “I love to wear this shirt” shirts. The only reason I’m giving it 13 instead of 15 flowers is because I’m doing Hawaiian shirt reviews. If this was about Arizona shirts, I’ve give it a solid 15 cactus’s.
One of the problems with buying Hawaiian shirts in department stores, is that the brand and style might not be there after a season. Such is the case with the first shirt I’d like to review.
Havana Jack’s Cafe – Silk Hawaiian Shirt – Sold by Kohls – $50 – No longer available
This was one of my favorite shirts, while it lasted. I loved the colors. The red contrasted with the black background, yet had the brown leaves so that it wasn’t too overbearing. The feel of the silk was very nice. The fabric was textured, so that it wasn’t the super slick silk feeling.
But that textured silk fabric was it’s undoing. The fabric wasn’t very strong. Although it said machine washable, it couldn’t hold up to more than a few washing’s, even on delicate. I liked it so much I’d wear black t-shirts underneath so you couldn’t tell too much that it was ripped. Eventually I had to retire it before it became a pile of silk thread.
Authentic: 2 Flowers – Although it has a hawaiian floral print, and the buttons look authentic, the pocket does not match, and the buttons are just plastic with a pattern.
Fabric: 2 Flowers – The fabric feels great. But it shreds easily.
Style: 4 Flowers – I love the whole style. Not my very favorite style, but close.
Final Score: 8 Flowers – A very nice looking shirt. Not really authentic, and the fabric makes this something you wear to just one nice event. Not something for everyday wear.