Date: April 1, 2011


INTRODUCING THE ALFRED SHAHEEN COLLECTION - Known as the “Big Kahuna” of the postwar Hawaiian clothing movement, Alfred Shaheen’s graphic prints--with colors pulled from the petals of the hibiscus flower and the waves of Waikiki--elevated the status of the often-quirky “Aloha” shirt from kitsch to high fashion.  Embodying the spirit of the Hawaiian culture, tropical leaves, bamboo stripes and whimsical fish have danced across Shaheen’s apparel with universal appeal.  Suburban Home has captured these fanciful patterns that evoke memories of luaus, balmy breezes, and the sweet scent of plumeria leis and added a fresh twist with coordinating wovens, new scales and fresh colorways to fit today’s modern applications.

Following the successful SURF AND SAND COLLECTION of outdoor/indoor fabrics featuring patterns from Shaheen’s design archive, Suburban Home is pleased to introduce the ALFRED SHAHEEN COLLECTION, a 3-book set of indoor fabrics inspired by Shaheen.  Each of the three books, aptly named Big Sur Designs, Copacabana Designs and Abbey Road Designs, captures the feel of exotic locales and free-spirited philosophies with an array of coordinating prints and wovens. 

COPACABANA DESIGNS - Fiery and electric, the sultry atmosphere of Copacabana is charged with pulsating vigor.  COPACABANA DESIGNS harnesses this energy for a collection of vibrant patterns and textures - from palm fronds and woven caning to small-scale surfboards - designed to invigorate any room setting with a touch of tropical allure. 

ABBEY ROAD DESIGNS - Psychedelic ABBEY ROAD DESIGNS takes on the subculture of the 1960’s.  Radiating ultra-cool, free-spirited and nonconformist mod ideals, the fabrics of ABBEY ROAD - including stylized flowers, whimsical starbursts and batik-style block prints - emphasize retro styling while maintaining modern appeal.  

BIG SUR DESIGNS - Dedicated to easy living, BIG SUR DESIGNS is the casual anchor to the ALFRED SHAHEEN COLLECTION.  From the tan of the rocky sand to the rich rust of the cliffside, BIG SUR infuses the colors of the Pacific Coast into a series of designs - including large-scale suzanis, woven tapa cloth motifs and soft matelassés - that capture the laid-back Californian vibe.

As a complement to the ALFRED SHAHEEN COLLECTION, Suburban Home is pleased to introduce its first trimming collection.  From cords to tapes to brush fringe to coconut shell beaded trim, SUBURBAN HOME TRIMMINGS offers a wide range of styles and colors to accent the home.

While its heart is in Honolulu, Suburban Home, is headquartered in Bay Shore, New York with showrooms nationwide and throughout the world.