Tokyo, Japan (May 21, 2014)—‘IOLANI Hawaiian Classics, a collaboration line between ‘IOLANI, one of Hawaii’s oldest aloha shirt makers, and UNIQLO, is now available in UNIQLO’s Japan stores as well as in its other stores worldwide and select country sites online. Second and third generation owners, Lloyd and Carla Kawakami, along with their two sons, Alx and Nick, celebrated the collection’s debut earlier this month in Tokyo.
UNIQLO has more than 1,200 stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations worldwide including Japan, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K. and U.S. UNIQLO is known for high-quality, casual apparel known to be supremely comfortable, and featuring universal designs. ‘IOLANI Hawaiian Classics is part of UNIQLO’s 2014 spring and summer assortment, and includes men’s shirts, shorts, and “UT” (UNIQLO T-shirts) and women’s tunics, dresses, shorts, bags, long skirts, UT and kids items—all inspired by ‘IOLANI’s island prints. The new line of clothing features a variety of historical and modern Hawaiian motifs contemporized for international appeal.
‘IOLANI was founded in 1953 by Keiji and Edith Kawakami, and was originally known for its ‘kabe silk’ men’s shirts. Fabrics were printed in Japan and imported to Hawaii where they were cut and sewn into aloha shirts. This collaboration with UNIQLO brings the Kawakami’s family business full circle. ‘IOLANI has from the beginning helped in its own way to enhance the cultural exchange between Hawaii and Japan, deepening the spirit of aloha internationally.
‘IOLANI on Kona Street:
1234 Kona Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Hours of Operation: 10:00am – 7:00pm (Monday-Friday), 10:00am – 5:00pm (Weekends)