King of the 'Aloha' – Alfred Shaheen

Duralee, one of the largest designer fabric companies in the industry, has succeeded in capturing the vision of the “King of the Aloha Shirt” — Alfred Shaheen. Their fabulous collection includes three books, ‘Big Sur’, ‘Copacabana’ and ‘Abbey Road,’ and helps breathe new life into Shaheen’s famous 1950s Hawaiian-inspired designs.

Alfred Shaheen was integral in revolutionizing the Hawaiian Polynesian culture that was so popular post World War II.

Courtesy of LA Times

His designs were even seen on the “King of Rock and Roll” himself Elvis Presley. Elvis wore this red aloha shirt on the album cover for his Blue Hawaii soundtrack.

Alfred Shaheen-designed red aloha shirt worn by Elvis Presley on the cover of his 1961 Blue Hawaii soundtrack. Courtesy of Time Magazine

Shaheen’s Hawaiian flora and fauna designs were a perfect combination between his Polynesian, Asian and Middle Eastern heritage. Shaheen opened up his own own printing factory- Surf ‘n Sand Hand Prints- in 1952, during the height of “Aloha” fashion.

Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed and Frank Sinatra in the 1953 From Here to Eternity. Courtesy of Time Magazine.

Our designer of the month, Alfred Shaheen, designs are just as fresh today as they were over 60 years ago. And Duralee’s Alfred Shaheen collection is the perfect way to incorporate a little island fun into your home decor.

Courtesy of alfredshaheen.com
Courtesy of Duralee Fabrics

Shahaeen’s popular print (back) is the inspiration behind this Duralee Bluestone fabric (front).

1. Alfred Shaheen print courtesy of alfredshaheen.com.

2. Duralee’s Alfred Shaheen Bluestone fabric at DecoratorsBest.

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Duralee, one of the largest designer fabric companies in the industry, has succeeded in capturing the vision of the “King of the Aloha Shirt” — Alfred Shaheen. Their fabulous collection includes three books, ‘Big Sur’, ‘Copacabana’ and ‘Abbey Road,’ and helps breathe new life into Shaheen’s famous 1950s Hawaiian-inspired designs.

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