The Knit Cabana Shirt is the newest addition to our Cabana Set line and represents our foray into something we're very excited about: Beach Knits. This piece is inspired by an illustration that we stumbled upon titled "Manhattan Beach Buoy Ensembles." We fell in love with the style and searched high and low for something like it, but lo and behold, we found nothing...the style was truly lost and forgotten. We spent the past 6 months reproducing the piece from the illustration and we couldn't be happier with the result. See how close we got below.

We tried to reproduce this piece down to its tiniest details, but we had to make a couple of important design decisions. The original piece features an irregular square print which can only be accomplished by printing on a woven fabric, so we decided to go with a similar Nordic-style knitting pattern instead. The original piece also appears to have terry cloth hems on the sleeves, and although we're huge fans of terry cloth, we decided to knit the entire piece vs. sewing different pieces of fabric together.

The Knit Cabana Shirt is a homage to a time when swimsuits were made of wool. This is your grandpa's beach sweater!

  • 🌱 100% cotton yarn
  • 🧶 Nordic-style knit pattern
  • 💎 Four oversized buttons and left chest pocket
  • 🎨 Matches our navy and red cabana trunk colors and navy and red short colors
  • ✨ The most esoteric product that we have made to date

The Inspiration

The Look

The History

While conducting our regular Hammies R&D, we learned that the first swim and beach brands of the 20th century started out as knitting mills! The original swimsuits were made of wool and left almost everything up to the imagination. As the pastime of swimming grew in popularity, Catalina (founded in 1907 as Bentz Knitting Mills) and Jantzen (founded in 1916 as Portland Knitting Company) shifted away from knitting sweaters and into knitting swimsuits. The swimsuit went on to push the limits of American fashion and modesty for the next 40 years. If you want to learn more, we recommend Making Waves: Swimsuits and the Undressing of America by Lena Lenček and Gideon Bosker. This explains why we see so many people wearing beach sweaters in vintage photos and ads from the 1950-70s.

The Story of the Swimsuit from Making Waves

Sizing

The Knit Cabana Shirt fits true-to-size and a bit shorter than your average button-down shirt.

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Free shipping

Use discount code DOUBLEDOWN to get free shipping worldwide on orders of $120 (USD) or more 🎉

Free exchanges

If something doesn't fit like you expect, you can swap it out for a different size and we will cover the return shipping (US customers only) 👌

See our exchange and return policy for details.