When native Rhode Islander Justin Goff moved to Bali in 1999, the food, beaches, and “contagiously happy attitude” immediately had him hooked. He swapped his polos and T-shirts for a new uniform: “A permanent smile and batik shirts made by an amazing local tailor, Pandu.” Years later, after selling his batik shirts up and down the East Coast with cousin Phil Barney, they opened Three Islands in 2012 in Watch Hill. A few years later, Goff met his wife, Tika, a Balinese swimwear designer who made the perfect addition to the team.
Today, Three Islands still runs with their original tailor Pandu, who hails from neighboring Java (“Many Javanese go by one name,” explains Goff), and long-time Bali operations manager, Wayan Sudarmini. Their line of colorful cotton clothing for men, women, and children is instantly recognizable with hand-printed designs in singular colorways and simple, easy-to-wear shapes. Pro-tip: their masks are reversible and the comfiest around.
“At Three Islands, we love prints and colors that make you smile and good vibes and happy clothes that put a little sunshine in your closet,” says Goff.
Matching families! Find the same prints across all lines. “We love patterns that can be worn across the entire family – dad and son, mom and kids, etc. Sometimes we get Christmas cards with an entire matching family,” says Goff.
For the men’s look, Goff selected a short-sleeved, button-up shirt in a blue tiger print paired with classic white linen shorts and a palm tree visor. The capped sleeve dress, cinched at the waist for extra definition, has a slit V-neckline for a universally flattering fit. Its “mango elephant ride” pattern pairs perfectly with simple tan flip-flops, a white stacked beaded necklace, and a sunhat. Goff completed the look with a square woven rattan bag with a colorful lining and round handles. While he chose animal prints for their popularity and timelessness Goff isn’t solely focused on following trends but choosing beautiful designs that make his customers feel happy. “Guys tell us they have a fun night if they wear one of our shirts; it loosens them up and puts them in a good mood,” he says.
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