Retailer Profile: Plain Clothes (Birmingham, AL)

Monday, April 20, 2015

It’s not an everyday occurrence to find yourself at a crossroads between a career in fashion and one in academia, yet this was the dilemma for Steve Fazio—co-founder of Plain Clothes boutique in Birmingham, AL. Having known Steve and his wife/business partner Martha for a long time, we certainly feel that they both made the right choice in pursuing their lifelong interest in high quality clothing.


For Steve, it all started after many years in the fashion industry buying for a traditional menswear shop frequented by his father and older brother. With the knowledge he acquired from his many buying trips and interactions with sought-after brands, Steve and his wife decided to launch their own boutique to express their personal take on classic clothing. As such, they sought out to marry the aesthetic appeal of Ivy League fashion with the timelessness of Saville Row tailoring. Now almost 30 years later, Plain Clothes has amassed an incredible reputation for their expertly curated, luxury clothing offerings for both men and women.

Aside from its unique sense of style, what sets Plain Clothes apart from other brick and mortars is simply the taste and personality of its owners. In fact, Steve and Martha comprise the entire staff, injecting their character into everything they do. Referencing their affinity for 30’s and 40’s style, they stock a variety of contemporary garments that subtly allude to their personal collection of vintage issues of Esquire dating back to the same time period. In addition, the Fazio’s are also insatiable jazz and swing enthusiasts, indulging both interests in their store on a daily basis.


Be sure to stop in the next time you are in Birmingham to meet Steve and Martha, and experience the atmosphere of one of our most unique stockists.

Plain Clothes
Store hours: Tues–Sat 10A-5P
2820 Linden Avenue,
Homewood, AL 35209

Press: Esquire’s “Big Black Book” 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

There is always a buzz around our workshop in anticipation of the upcoming editions of Esquire’s Big Black Book. This year is no different, except that we are even more excited having spotted Hamilton Shirts in three separate features.

Whether you’re putting together the perfect suit, layering with a light leather jacket or picking out a versatile outfit for a trip oversees, we’re thrilled to have Esquire’s seal of approval. Take a look at our features below and be sure to pick up your copy of Esquire’s Big Black Book to read these – and other – stories in full.

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Drake’s London: Style from Across the Pond

Monday, April 6, 2015

“Start with the shirt… next, the tie.” – Drake’s London 

One of the things you learn as a custom shirt-maker is that every client has a unique sense of style. At Hamilton, we not only pride ourselves on working with you one-on-one, but we enjoy the experience of helping you find exactly what you’re looking for.


While our expertise is crafting the best shirts we possibly can, our overall interest is giving you what you need to look your best. This is why we stock a small array of additional garments and accessories to complement (and even complete) our bespoke, made-to-measure and ready-to-wear shirts.

In that vein, we are extremely proud to offer a carefully curated selection of handmade neckties by Drake’s London in our Houston workshop. Known for their uncompromising quality and attention to detail, these ties are crafted entirely in the Drake’s studio located on the famed Haberdasher Street in London’s East End. Marrying a distinct and discriminating style with an overarching English sensibility, they are a great addition to any ensemble, whether classic or contemporary.


Stop by our workshop to peruse our latest collection of Drake’s ties and other accessories. In the meantime, you can learn more about the brand and their esteemed heritage on their website.

Press: Men’s Health April ’15

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Not ones to take spring patterning lightly, Men’s Health magazine lays out a bold three-step style plan to wake up from your winter wardrobe, featuring our Dot Print Gingham shirt front and center.

This issue hit stands last week, so be sure to grab a copy for the full story.


Press: Esquire’s “Final Frontier”

Monday, March 30, 2015

It’s not always enough to know when and how to dress up. As Esquire Style points out in this month’s issue, it’s equally important to dress down with similar style and finesse. To illustrate this, they landed on our standard oxford shirt—a fundamental and versatile staple in any wardrobe.

Pick up a copy of this month’s Esquire to read their full feature on streamlining, simplifying and elevating the casual look as we know it. In the meantime, shop the look.


One on One: Personal Style with James Harden

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Gearing up for NBA All Star weekend, Houston’s own James Harden looked decidedly dapper in his custom Hamilton dress shirts. In fact, he shares some of his signature style tips in a small series of video vignettes filmed on-location in our Houston workshop in collaboration with Bloomingdale’s and GQ Style.

Be sure to check out James’s full feature online. In the meantime, click here to shop the look.



Hamilton Shirts Sample Sale

Friday, March 13, 2015

In anticipation of each seasonal collection, we designate a couple of shirts in a variety of different styles to have on hand as samples for our retailers and our press partners. Over the last couple years, we’ve built up a surplus of these sample shirts and are very excited to introduce our official Hamilton Shirts Sample Sale.


Unlike other sample sales that happen once or twice a year at most, we are offering our sample shirts year around on an official Hamilton Shirts eBay page. Our shirt supplies are limited, but will feature a continuous stream of past seasonal styles as they become available.

So take a look and check back often.

Press: Houstonia Magazine’s “101 Great Little Shops” Issue

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

For their special March issue, Houstonia Magazine curated a shortlist of 101 small shops and boutiques that help to give Houston its unique character, culture and appeal. We’re not only thrilled to have made the cut, but are also thankful for their kind words about our collaborative collections with Lyle Lovett—or as they say, “the best Texas pairing since tortillas and queso.” Heavy words, and we’re honored that they went there.

Take a look at their feature below and pick up a full copy of this month’s Houstonia to discover other gems around our city.


Looking Ahead to SXSW 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

South by Southwest is one of the most exciting times to be in Texas. And as people from around the country are getting ready to converge in Austin to experience the latest in film, interactive trends and—of course—upcoming music, we are already catching glimpses into of what to expect from this year.

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In fact, this week, NPR just released “The Austin 100”—a collection of singles by their most anticipated musicians who are set to perform at SXSW 2015 from Mar 17th-22nd.  As you can imagine, the playlist showcases a variety of local, national and international artists across genres. There’s definitely something there for everyone, and if you find something you like, you can download each of the 100 songs for free.

Have a listen and let us know what your favorites are.

(Photo via NPR)

Press: DuJour Mar ’15

Monday, March 2, 2015

For their spring issue, Dujour shines the spotlight on Houston to uncover the best of what our city has to offer. We’re thrilled that they spotted our special edition shirts in collaboration with Houston. It’s Worth It (HIWI) to celebrate what makes our city so special.

Take a look at their feature below and don’t forget to pick up a copy to see the rest of DuJour’s top picks around Houston!