Apr 24, 2018

Hawaiian shirts, Cuban collared shirts, tropical shirts, your tito’s shirt—this short-sleeved, button-down collared shirt goes by a number of monikers. But essentially, they have that ‘I’m ready for summer’ vibe. Whether it’s worn over a sleeveless top or tucked it into your preppiest pair of boat shorts, this shirt has become a summer staple for guys and girls alike.

These days, you can find these shirts virtually anywhere. But here are a few homegrown brands you can choose from.



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Rooted in the Visayan word for ‘open sea,’ Lawud is a brand that’s all about embracing the slow and easy-going life in the tropics. Proudly made in the Philippines, the shirts are made with a breezy fabric and embellished with wooden buttons—perfect for the summer, whether you’re on a trip to the beach or at home in the city. Find them at Purveyr Post in Makati, Kendo Creative in Quezon City, The Good Neighborhood in Cebu, or shop online.


Pasadya Manila

Choose from Pasadya’s number of floral shirts, or find a quirky pattern that your tito would be envious of. Find them at The Park in Shangri-La Mall, La Local in Taft, or check out their Instagram and message them directly through text.


Closet by Basics

If you’re not a fan of loud hues, then perhaps you’d prefer the muted colored shirts of Closet by Basics. Their tropical print shirts come in blues to keep you cool for the summer. Find them at their stockists: The Penthouse at Robinsons Place, Eyestee Concept Store in Bulacan, and La Local in Taft.



Cuello’s Cuban shirts come in an eclectic range of fabrics; choose from floral prints or Coachella-esque abstract designs. Find them at La Local in Taft or place an order through Instagram.


The Ilustrados

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The Ilustrados is a local men’s clothing brand that specializes in timeless pieces. Their Cuban line features the quintessential shirt in a variety of designs. Choose from florals, stripes, or pastel colors. If you don’t have the time to drop by their store in White Plains or visit the Retail Lab in Glorietta 3 (stockist), don’t worry, you can order from them online; see what’s in stock or get a shirt made-to-order.


Header images from The Ilustrados.

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