I’m not ashamed to say I’m a Hawaiian shirt guy. Not like the terrible Tommy Bahama variety, but the far-classier style of the original 1940s Aloha shirts. Of course lots of them were terrible then too, but a textile manufacturer named Alfred Shaheen teamed up with one of the oldest Hawaiian shirt companies, Reyn Spooner, to make some extraordinary shirts in the late 40s and 50s. And I’m a sucker for those shirts.
Along the vein of those legendary shirts, this beautiful new offering from Iron Heart was built for those folks who want the tasteful, breezy batik-style pattern of a vintage Hawaiian shirt, but the hardy, rugged construction of a western shirt. The name — IHSH-17 Indigo “Guardian Bell” Print 5.5oz. Selvedge Chambray Western Shirt —might be a mouthful, but there’s a ton of amazing stuff going on here.
The light selvedge chambray makes this a versatile summer shirt and the “Guardian Bell” fabric design by Iron Heart is reminiscent of the Reyn Spooners of old. If you feel at all disenchanted with the snaps supplied by Iron Heart, you can upgrade them here to get fancy materials like turquoise and mother-of-pearl. And with felled internal seams, double- and triple-needle stitch construction, and chain-stitch runoff, this shirt has all the attention to detail and rough-and-toughness we expect from Iron Heart.
Available for you cowboys who wanna stay cool for $310 at Iron Heart.