“The most important thing for me is the provenance of the shirts”
Simon Kennedy, Hawaiian Shirt Shop
It was the late 1980’s and after several years of military service I started off in fashion retail in Durban, South Africa, where work tended to get in the way of hanging out at the beach and surfing. I returned to the UK in 1995 and set up my own surf shop ‘Pacific Blue’ in Tunbridge Wells selling US and Australian surf clothing and equipment.
It was here that I started importing genuine Hawaiian shirts from Honolulu to complement the other ranges, which in turn led to the creation of this website in 2008.
The most important thing for me is the provenance of the shirts, they are all designed and made in Hawaii by the leading garment manufacturers, some of whom have been making shirts since the early fifties. Just like champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France, I believe Hawaiian shirts can only be called Hawaiian if manufactured on the islands.
Several years ago, having outgrown my shop’s stockroom, I packed up the shirts and moved them home to a lovely old barn on the family farm. It really is a family business with my wife and kids (who aren’t really kids any more) helping out when needed, packing up shirts, doing the daily post office run and occassionally even modelling the garments.
I hope you like my selection of shirts and find the website easy to navigate. If you need to contact me I still answer the phone!
Thank you very much for your excellent customer service earlier. I am genuinely impressed and it's restored my faith in eCommerce (for today)
We want to say thank you! Thank you that such a shop in Europe exists, your service and your shirts are awesome. The quality of your shirts is great and the colours are exactly as pictured. We are very happy. Greetings from Germany
Wow!! Ordered the shirt on Wednesday lunchtime, and delivered the following day before lunch!! It has already been 'shown off' in my local. Thanks for the brilliant service.
My Hawaiian Shirt has just arrived. I'm well pleased with the quality, price and service provided by HSS! Thank you Simon and staff!
Shirts received today, love them. May order a few more. Many thanks.
The quality is superb -- very pleasantly surprised! These might be the nicest Hawaiian shirts I've ever seen.
Thank you Team Hawaiian Shirt! You are such a great customer service minded company. It is nice to be treated well as a customer.
All is well in my Aloha shirt collection. Thanks for your first rate service and very nice apparel. I wish you further success.
What an excellent service and an absolutely brilliant shirt I have received from the Hawaiian Shirt Shop. Efficient, professional and an expert when it came to advice on sizes/stock etc. I will be definitely ordering again from this company.
I would like to thank you for your extremely efficient customer service. I will definitely be shopping here again and would recommend the Hawaiian Shirt Shop.
Just got my new shirt, love it love it love it ! Amazing service and top quality item, worth the money ! Will order another one soon !
I have to say I’m absolutely delighted with the shirt, the quality and fit are fantastic. I’ve ordered 4 more shirts from you ready for the summer. Thank you.
Just wanted to say a big thank you for the shirt I bought for my husband. A perfect fit, great design, good quality fabric and stitching. Worth every penny!
Completely “bowled over” by your amazingly impressive service (received within 24 hours of ordering) and the quality and beauty of your Hawaiian Shirts!! My husband is delighted - and he can’t wait to wear them.
A big "Mahalo!" for my excellent 'Tiki Room' shirt. It is absolutely stunning ... it has a real 1950s/1960s feel about it - I love it! As usual, it came the next day which is fantastic! Great service from you again.
Guys thank you for the quick exchange, I'm so pleased with the shirt and the service. You put the big companies to shame! Great work and service
I am so glad I went looking for this company, authentic designs, cut and material, well priced with superb service. These shirts are the REAL DEAL, delivered by return of post. Mahalo.
Their high quality and comfortable shirts bring much needed summer spirit to cloudy England. I am extremely happy with the amazing product and superb service. Big thank you to everyone at Hawaiian Shirt Shop.
First rate shirts and very fine service. Job done. Many Thanks. Keep up the good work.
Your shirts are first class and similar to ones I purchased in Honolulu over thirty years ago. Keep up the good work guys I will be back for more.
The shirts are fabulous. Not only is the cotton light, the stitching exceptional but the shirt fits me like a glove and I am a difficult shape. The designs and the colours are better in daylight than in the PC image that compelled me to purchase.
I am very pleased with my new shirts. These are authentic, hawaiian-made shirts — the real deal. The delivery to Germany was faster than expected. Thank you for bringing some of the Tiki culture to Europe.