"Before Shaheen came along, there was no Hawaii garment industry. There were mom and pop stores but no real modern industry," Linda Arthur, a professor of textiles and clothing at Washington State University said.
By 1959, the year Hawaii became a state, he had more than 400 employees working for him and was grossing more than $4 million a year as the major player in the islands' garment industry.
Somewhere, in paradise, Jimmy Buffet is face down in a pitcher of margarita. He hasn't even touched his cheeseburger.
R.I.P. Alfred Shaheen, I'll be rocking my favorite Hawaiian this weekend in your honor.
Inventor of the Hawaiian shirt dies [metro]
Thanks to Julian, who can get leid even without a flowery shirt.