There’s legendary history and Hawaiian heritage stitched into every Reyn Spooner garment. The spirit of Aloha and West Coast cool merge with East Coast prep. Casual comfort pairs with thoughtful, classic construction. Timeless, island-inspired exclusive prints and patterns meet modern styling.
Reynold McCullough (known to everyone as Reyn) grew up in California on Catalina Island. When he came home from service after WWII, he began working at a men’s shop in Avalon on Catalina Island. Reyn proved to have a keen eye for fashion and marketing, so in 1949 he bought his employer’s shop and renamed it Reyn’s Men’s Wear. On his first trip to Hawaii in 1957, Reyn was captivated by life in the Hawaiian Islands. A year later, Reyn moved his family to Honolulu, and when Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu opened in 1959, Reyn’s Men’s Wear was one of the first shops to open its doors. Meanwhile in a little grass shack that was set up in 1956 under the palm trees on Waikiki beach, seamstress Ruth Spooner was busy building her one sewing machine operation with custom surf trunks that were heralded across the islands for their unmatched quality. Soon, Reyn and Ruth began their partnership. Reyn would design board shorts and shirts and Ruth would see to their thoughtful construction. Soon Ruth merged her business with Reyn’s, and the name Reyn Spooner was born in 1961.
At first Reyn felt the traditional Aloha shirts had too bold a print and wanted to improve upon the look and construction of the Aloha shirt. Then someone showed him an inside-out shirt sewn by a local bartender/surfer, Reyn had a lightbulb moment. He combined the inside-out method with his own eye for more sophisticated prints and paired it with the classic tailoring of an oxford cloth shirt. His innovations continued with the introduction of Spooner Kloth™, a blend of cotton and spun poly that’s amazingly durable, wrinkle free and breathable.