Posted on May 27, 2021
Collector Jay Streets and his Summer Commemorative Tradition
The tradition of our Summer Commemorative Aloha shirt goes back to 1998, the year we launched our first patriotic shirt to be worn to summer celebrations. Initially called Independence Day, the print went through several name changes (Independence Quilt, The Patriot, Liberty and Prosperity) before settling on Summer Commemorative in 2007. All of our Summer Commemorative designs perpetuate patriotism and the spirit of Aloha. Each print features the Hawaiian and American Flags prominently in every edition, along with the year of the print.
While collected by many, few are as enthusiastic about the print as Jay Streets of San Fransisco, who has amassed a collection of nearly every version.
Jay has been a big fan of Spooners since first discovering one in a thrift store in the 1980s. Today, has a collection of over 200 shirts. What started as his preferred Aloha Friday attire has grown into an incredible assortment that includes the complete collection of Mele Kalikimaka shirts and his personal favorite – the Monaco Grand Prix shirt.
As the son of immigrants, the 4th of July has always been a big holiday in Jay’s family. His family traditions include Summer BBQs, attending 4th of July parades, and family get-togethers. While Jay’s Summer Commemorative collection started just five years ago – today, he has every version except 2001, 2005, and 2008.