Reyn Spooner’s new series of shirts celebrate national parks
America’s national parks are getting a bit of the aloha treatment. Celebrated Hawaiian shirt maker Reyn Spooner pays homage to two of California’s natural treasures, as well as one each in Hawaii and Wyoming, with its new limited-edition national park series.
Fittingly, yucca brevifolia — the Joshua tree — is the star of woodcut artist Valerie Lueth’s Joshua Tree National Park shirt design, and hand-painted erupting volcanoes are the focus-pulling features of the shirt designed by artist Lewis Orchard to celebrate Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Orchard also designed the woodblock-style allover Yellowstone National Park design that depicts geysers, camping and fishing scenes and bears — lots and lots of bears. The inspiration came from the artist’s childhood visits to various national parks with his father and a leaflet warning about bears that he has to this day.
Although only four parks get their own dedicated shirt design, another half dozen — Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, the Everglades, Haleakala, Crater Lake and Mount Rainier — make an appearance on the brand’s 2019 summer commemorative aloha shirt.
The Reyn Spooner brand was founded more than a half-century ago in Honolulu and in 2017 relocated its corporate headquarters and design studio to downtown Los Angeles. Earlier this year, it paid homage to another local treasure, the Los Angeles Lakers, with an NBA collaboration that combined the team’s logo with a palm tree print on shirts and shorts.
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