Clothes of the Seventies, Huckapoos

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Description: The huckapoo shirts were fitted polyester shirts that often (usually) had a very busy pattern on them. One of mine had curvy blue and white vertical stripes with multicolor arrows on the stripes. At school dances, it was a big deal to "wear your huckapoo".
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H. Stowe - March 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Hah! We called these "Donny Osmond" shirts because he wore a lot of these. And so did we all!
Marion - January 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I was a clothing buyer for Hess's Department Store, a chain based in Allentown PA. Bought Jr. clothes. Huckapoo had a showroom in New York City on Broadway. The sales reps name was Paula R., and what I remember were that the shirts were one of the first imports on the market. The first of many...the shirts were cheaply made, high profit and had very cute patterns. They came in assortments.
kurt - March 12, 2009 - Report this comment
my god i do remember these , i must of had a dozen . i have not heard that name in 25 or so years , then i saw my 3rd grade class picture and bam, there i was wearing one
Peter - May 09, 2009 - Report this comment
30 years ago today I was on the front page of my local paper and my sister reminded of that fact today... wearing a very loud brown and orange diamond pattern huckapoo. I also remember that they did not breathe.
Mike D. - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I was computer service bureau salesman and Huk A Poo was a client. I became close to the owner and got my wildly designed shirts with the long collars for free. I was the envy of all my friends.
Donna - January 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I designed the original Huk-a-Poo shirts back in the day. I still have my silver Huk-a-Poo shirt. Those were very creative times for music, art, and fashion.
Mary Jane - March 12, 2010 - Report this comment
I would love to find huckapoo shirts especially the tee shirts that had the babys blocks design and the baby ducks and bunnies they were cotton w/ a collar short sleves and some were round necks. any one has any please e mail me @ bluskies3187@aol.ocm thanks Have a Great Day!
brandi daily - November 22, 2010 - Report this comment
please help me find where i can purchase hukapoo shirts. my aunt died 4 months ago and my uncle is so sad.all he asks for are these shirts, please help me bring a smile to his face again. thank you to anyone whom can help me. brandi-
Kathe - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
I had 2 hukapoo wrap dresses that I loved. The fabic felt like silk, they laundered well and they fit like a dream.
Be - January 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a tan safari dress with buttons down the front to the hem. It was very Ava Gardnerish! Loved that hukapoo!
violet - February 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone know the idea behind the name ? Sounds kind of Aussie to me : )
Robin S - May 22, 2011 - Report this comment
I just found a picture of myself in a green and rust huckapoo shirt. I have a jacket over it but I think it has a psuedo egyptian theme, though I may be getting it mixed up with the pattern on my Wayne Rogers shirt! I do remember that I LOVED that shirt!
huckapoo - May 25, 2011 - Report this comment
those sound beast jk
melissa - March 26, 2012 - Report this comment
I wasn't around in the 70's, but I did have a pink jogging suit that my parents bought me when I was about 8 or 9 years old, and the brand said "Huckapoo" on it. It was a small tag sewn onto one of the sleeves, below the shoulder. The jogging suit was pink, and I loved it. And I also have an old sweater that i found at Good Will that has that same brand on it too.
Arnelle J. Meyer - October 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I will always remember my Huckapoo shirts. My favorite had little bi-planes in it's design. Iliked wearing it because I was a stewardess. I wore that shirt on Nov.12,1975, the day I survived a crash at JFK aboard a jumbo jet. I always felt it was my Lucky shirt!
Gloriana - March 09, 2013 - Report this comment
Still have a hugapoo shirt from the '70's in my's of a sun & water.
Sam Winkelstein - August 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Love to find the Hula Girl Huckapoo Shirt
Kaylance - April 29, 2014 - Report this comment
My grandmother recently passed, and she had a closet full of clothes that hasn't been touched in at least 25-30 years! I've been wearing a pale blue button up with a pointed collar of hers quite frequently! I absolutely love it! It's a Huck a poo! I don't have much knowledge of the brand but love the style! I'll keep it forever! Xoxo -little deadhead
L. Shannon - July 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow, what memories. Wannamakers in downtown Philly, late 70's, sold knock-off Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses and men's huckapoo shirts made out of the same printed fabrics. You couldn't tell my ex and me anything when we went out together in those.
Jeff D - September 19, 2014 - Report this comment
I lived in the Buffalo NY area in the mid 1970's.. the Buffalo style at the time ( if you were between 14 and 40) was flare leg Levi's... Bastad clogs and Huckapoo shirts.. it was like a uniform, everyone men and women wore this uniform.. my fave Huckapoo was mostly dark blue with wavy stripes of white pyramids and chains of red cars.. My older brother had the same shirt so I got his as a hand me down as I outgrew mine, every picture of me from 1975 to 1977 I'm in the same shirt.. they were purchased at Hess's in Clarence NY.. I was one sharp lookin 17 year old..!
Jerri - April 19, 2016 - Report this comment
I was the vice-president at Huk-A-Poo. Over time, the business grew from $4M/year to $100M. What a time!!! There is no 'c' in the name.
Liza - July 26, 2016 - Report this comment
I grew up in the 7's and wearing a Huk a poo shirt was a status symbol. It was what you wore when you were wearing something special, gong to a basketball game, trying to impress someone, etc. Yes, they didn't breather but we suffered for fashion!
Beth - January 06, 2017 - Report this comment
Aaaaahhh....the memories! I remember wearing one of my cherished Huk a poos to my 7th grade dance...with my bell bottoms of course. The shirt was skin tight but then again, I was rail thin so it fit perfectly!
TERI - March 05, 2017 - Report this comment
Alex - September 23, 2017 - Report this comment
I just bought a huk a poo 100% silk black button up long sleeve from a thrift store and I love it it's a little faded but nice, reminds me of something Robert Smith of the cure used to wear in the 80s or something lol. How much would something like this be worth or was back in the day I just paid 2 bucks for it. What a Steal!
Sammy - October 20, 2017 - Report this comment
I wondered who the owners were?
Jeri - April 20, 2018 - Report this comment
Dave Binder
Claire Levine - June 14, 2018 - Report this comment
She worked for Huk-A-Poo and Pranx and 1407 Broadway, New York
Jaye - December 22, 2018 - Report this comment
I was pretty poor but young and always wore Huckapoo shirts. They really flattered my figure and used to get a lot of attention from all the men and boys. Nothing was PC or sexist...different times for the better.V9D
Paula Russo - April 14, 2019 - Report this comment
This post is for Marion from Hess Dept store. I was your sales reps many, many years past! Hess's was one of my favorite accounts. Great store, and great people. We did a lot of business together! BTW, it is spelled HUK A POO for anyone who is interested.
Michelle - January 03, 2020 - Report this comment
Just purchased a HUK A POO shirt with tags on it to wear to my 60th birthday party. I am so excited!!
deborah - June 11, 2021 - Report this comment
HUCK A POO I am 57. When I was a kid, my friend's older sisters wore Huck a poo shirts. We were too young. Now, as an adult and a clothes freak I often think of my favorite fashions from the past. Where did these 2 piece sets go? They were great and timeless.
Beth - July 11, 2021 - Report this comment
I had a couple of HUK A POO shirts as a young girl. Would love to find some originals. Mine were very Art Deco!!
Mary V - September 05, 2021 - Report this comment
I have several vivid memories of Huk A Poo clothing! I haven’t seen anyone else mention this but on the inside seam of the shirts was a little tag with a red heart that said PS. I love you!! I sew, and would carefully remove these tags and stitch them into clothing I made for friends and family. My favorite shirt I wore to college orientation in 1976 it was Mandarin collar rounded yolk, 3/4 sleeves a soft knit- white background with tiny blue red and green feathers. The sleeve cuffs were always too tight so I removed them and just put elastic. I also had a Safari style tan corduroy shirt jacket with belt. Love to hear about other peoples Huk A Poos!
Annonymouse - September 18, 2022 - Report this comment
I thought girls looked fantastic in those collared button down shirts, especially with a necklace! Wonderful look
Linda - February 06, 2023 - Report this comment
I have several of the silky button down shirts from the 70’s but also a Huk a poo jacket made out of paper with Marilyn Monroe paper dolls for the pattern. I can’t find anything anywhere about this paper bomber jacket.
Annonymouse - March 09, 2023 - Report this comment
Thos silky button downs were cool
Annonymouse - June 21, 2023 - Report this comment
I knew a girl who must have had 12 of these shirts..all in cool prints

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