Releasing exclusively in-store and online this Saturday, May 28 at 11am HST.
Models: @mistymaa / @haakeaulana
Creative Direction: @bailee_hmb / @hmbhnl
We are incredibly honored to present our collaboration with one of the most highly regarded names in sports apparel: Ebbets Field Flannels. The brand was born in the late 80’s but its heart and soul are rooted in the mid-1900’s, with its hand-crafted and high-quality vintage athletic wear.
Their attention to detail and commitment to authenticity are second to none, so to be able to team up with them for this collection is definitely a proud moment for us. And knowing their history and expertise, we felt confident that our vintage sports inspired Kākuhihewa Chiefs theme from our 2015 Holiday collection would be the perfect match.
The story of Kākuhihewa is one of great prestige and honor among the people of O'ahu. As the 15th aliʻi ʻaimoku (ruling chief, or more literally “the chief who can eat anywhere”) of Oʻahu, he was heralded throughout the eight Hawaiian islands, providing a time of peace and prosperity with no war or rebellion in sight. His reign brought ʻāina momona (bountiful and fertile land)—water was plentiful, crops flourished, and food was in unlimited supply. This resulted in a healthier and therefore wealthier community, which contributed to a thriving Hawaiian population.
This partnership provided the perfect opportunity to do Kākuhihewa's great story justice by presenting it with a company that's as passionate about their product as we are about the stories behind it. For over 25 years, Ebbets Field Flannels has continuously raised the bar with their authentic wool flannel baseball jerseys, with each one expertly hand-crafted using real 1950's era wool blend baseball cloth.
The FITTED + Ebbets Field Flannels Kākuhihewa Chiefs Baseball Jersey and Cap are created with the same detail and care, down to the last stitch. Both items in the collection are handmade with authentic historical fabric here in the U.S. in limited quantities.
The Kākuhihewa Chiefs Baseball Jersey is comprised of three main colors: red, brown, and yellow. The red represents the koko (blood) giving us life, while brown represents the earth or ʻāina, and the yellow represents the feathers of the ʻōʻō bird, used for
aliʻi ʻahu ʻula (feather cloaks) and mahiʻole (feather helmets). Built with a slightly longer body for a traditional baseball fit, the jersey features a red wool body with dark brown wool sleeves and pearl buttons down the front. A side profile illustration of Kākuhihewa adorns the left chest right above a layered "Chiefs" script appliqué, while a 10 Year patch is sewn on the bottom left area on the front, high enough to be seen when tucked in for an authentic baseball look. The back features "Kākuhihewa" in script and a large number 10 as a nod to our years in business, with both being yellow and brown stitched appliqués. The wearer's right sleeve features our Umi A Ola maile wreath patch, while the left sleeve is home to the KC logo (for Kākuhihewa Chiefs, the fictional team name) that we introduced in our holiday collection, stitched in red, brown, yellow, and white.
The Kākuhihewa Chiefs Cap features the same authentic 1950's-era wool construction in all black. It also stays true to the same build as the baseball caps made during that time, forgoing the buckram that's common in today's caps for an unstructured, traditional look. The cap features the Kākuhihewa side profile appliqué on the front, with "Chiefs" stitched in red script on the back. It also features a premium leather clasp enclosure which adds to the quality and craftsmanship of both pieces.