In the timeless, “Endless Summer” of vintage surf culture and Hawaiiana, some things never grow old. Malibu Shirts, the latest member of the Queens’ MarketPlace family of shops, is a flashback to a golden-oldie era, bringing favorite old school logos and imagery to casual retro fashion.
Malibu Shirts creates what they call “highend garments inspired by history, resulting in comfortable clothes with stories to tell.” Along with tees and hoodies, they also offer hats, stickers, vintage posters, metal signs and more, featuring the memorable designs of Primo, Pan Am, TWA, Airstream, The Monkees (who played their first concert in Hawai`i), the Grateful Dead, classic drive-ins, hotels, surf clubs, and steamships.
The first Malibu Shirt was printed in 2004 — for Malibu Surf Club, a small but dedicated group of surfers such as Les Williams. Today, they operate three shops on Oahu and two on Maui. The Queens’ MarketPlace location, which opened July 2, is their sixth store, the first on Hawai`i Island.
Each individual store pays tribute to its unique place in the sun, showcasing items from a vast collection of historic surfing memorabilia, trophies, photos, boards, books, records, posters, vintage competition tees, and club sweatshirts. Included are items won, worn, or owned by some of the sport’s biggest names: Duke Kahanamoku, Tom Blake, Dale Velzy, Marge Calhoun, Les Williams, “Rabbit” Kekai, Fred Hemmings, Larry “Rubber Man” Bertlemann, Miki Dora, and many, many more.