David Shepard Hawaii

Coconut Flower, Fruit, & Fronds Men's Aloha Shirt

Made in Hawai‘i. 100% organic cotton poplin. Fabric is soft, naturally breathable, and durable. Real coconut buttons. Print-matched left chest pocket. Button-down shirt plus button on the back of the collar. Limited quantity print. Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric. Sizes run small.

THE STORY BEHIND THE DESIGN

Coconut or Niu has a Hawaiian saying or ʻōlelo noʻeau, 'Ka wai lewa i ka makani' or 'The water which sways in the breeze.' Water is often symbolic of wealth, and the heavens, the region above, here provides blessings.

This print tells the life cycle or the genealogy of the coconut palm and its fruit. Like a series of Russian dolls, each of us contains within us the multitudes of both our ancestors and the seed and nourishment for future generations. Similarly, the coconut contains multitudes. The coconut provides nourishment for both people and of the embryo within the coconut. The fruit is capable of withstanding long ocean voyages as it protects future generations within its husk. It is central to pacific cultures, allowing them to voyage and prosper.
-DS