Instagram: Our Top 5 Posts of 2014

Monday, January 5, 2015


It’s incredibly rewarding when we spot someone wearing a Hamilton shirt—especially when we least expect it. It’s always a rush, even after all these years. And along that vein, we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing our shirts pop up on Instagram. So we picked five of our favorite shots uploaded by our friends and customers from last year.

Take a look below and be sure to share your own Hamilton photos! And if you haven’t yet, be sure to follow us on Instagram.

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@Mikultcarter is an incredible photographer based in Austin, TX who took this shot during our SS14 1883 photo shoot.

 

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Our stockist @RonHermanStore captured this beautiful shot of our SS14 multicolor dot poplin shirt.roden-gray-hamilton-shirts
Canadian menswear boutique @RodenGray uploaded a great image of our short sleeve floral print.

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A great shot of our FW14 1883 beige brushed cotton workshirt uploaded by @ManOfTheWorld (Photo by: @benwellerstudio / Styled by: @julieragolia)

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And finally, known for their discerning eye, our friends at @StagProvisions took a detailed look at our engraved mother-of-pearl buttons.


Press: GQ Finds the ‘Sweet Spot’ (Jan ’15)

Thursday, January 1, 2015


We can’t imagine a better way to bring in the New Year!

The January issue of GQ aims to find the Sweet Spot between the bespoke look with a suit that won’t break the bank—and we’re thrilled to find Jack O’Connell sporting a custom Hamilton dress shirt to complete the ensemble.

Be sure to pick up your copy of GQ to see the full feature.

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Brand Profile: Wrong Side

Friday, December 19, 2014


As a custom shirting company, we’re always on the lookout to curate the right accessories to pair with our shirts. This is why we stock a small selection of watches, ties and other pieces in our Houston workshop to bring that perfect complement to each cuff or collar. But when it comes to pocket squares, we are especially partial to those crafted here in Texas by Wrong Side.

Founded by brothers Sam & Josh Newman, Wrong Side has a broad reach throughout the state despite both the brand’s small size and exclusive product catalogue. And much of this story begins in our workshop.

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One of the things that sets Wrong Side apart from other brands is their unwavering emphasis on unique materials. As such, their pocket squares are crafted entirely from recovered fabrics—most of which are gathered here at our Hamilton workshop. Making use of the pieces left over from the shirt-making process, Wrong Side cuts these found fabrics to size in San Antonio, stitches them in Austin, and ships them out of Dallas.

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If you know Sam & Josh, it’s hardly surprising that Wrong Side makes a point of involving a variety of artisans across Texas. One of the founding tenets of the brand is a heavy interest in partnership, collaboration and collective savoir-faire. In that sense, the brand operates in part not just to make and sell high quality pocket squares, but to support the creative, artisanal and entrepreneurial community as a whole.

We at Hamilton are very proud to be part of Wrong Side in our little way. Be sure to visit their website to learn more about the brand and peruse their range of custom pocket squares. And be sure to keep an eye out for some new products and collaborations on the horizon for Wrong Side in the New Year!


Press: Billboard Nov ’14

Monday, December 15, 2014


One of the things we’ve enjoyed most in the last several years has been finding ourselves in such good company, from seeing our shirts pop up in our favorite TV shows to spotting them on-stage in performance halls across the country. And most recently, we’re thrilled to see that our Lyle Lovett diamond print western shirt made the cut in Billboard Magazine’s holiday gift-guide, “For Country Lovers.”

As you can imagine, we’re very excited to be included in the running! Be sure to grab a copy to see the full spread. In the meantime, shop the look before it sells out!

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Press: Esquire Dec ’14

Monday, December 8, 2014


 ”Because fashion is not just a matter of plaid or paisley, boxers or briefs. What you sport on your back says something, in however oblique and imperfect a way, of what you bear in your heart.” – Joshua Ferris

The December issue of Esquire Magazine caught up with writer Joshua Ferris, who has definitely had a big year. In May, he published his third full-length novel and—as of September—he is the first American man to be short-listed for England’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. We’re thrilled for Joshua and are excited to see him wearing one of our crisp cotton button-ups while enjoying a well-deserved vodka martini! Be sure to pick up the December issue of Esquire Magazine to see the full spread and learn more about his new book “To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.” 

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Common Bond Cafe & Bakery

Monday, December 1, 2014


It was only recently that we had the opportunity to try out Common Bond Café & Bakery in Montrose. Despite only opening their doors in mid-May of this year, they have already garnered an incredible following (including a well-deserved mention as one of Houston’s best new restaurants last month).

And admittedly, we were far from disappointed.

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Lead by renowned pastry chef Roy Shvartzapel, Common Bond is best known for its impressive assortment of exquisite baked goods, ranging from the most delicate of macarons to hearty loaves of rustic bread. This is of course in addition to the tarts, cookies and other pastries they bake fresh every day.

In addition to the bakery, Common Bond also features small menus for breakfast, brunch and lunch that are well worth the visit. They also feature a full service coffee bar and assortment of packaged products; most notably including their house-made jams & spreads to dress up all the croissants you’re bound to take home with you.

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Be sure to visit Commond Bond’s website for more information, including their hours and a full representation of their specials and daily features.


Mel Chin: “Rematch” Retrospective Exhibition

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Contemporary artist and native Houstonian Mel Chin is perhaps best known for his incredibly diverse approach to art-making rather than any particular piece, project or series itself. As an artist who defies classification, Chin’s methodology incorporates various manifestations of collage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance, video and community-based projects.

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To celebrate the breadth of Chin’s artistic career, the New Orleans Museum of Art organized a comprehensive retrospective entitled “Rematch,” which features fifty works spanning the last forty years. Amongst a diverse collection of two- and three-dimensional works, the exhibit also highlights rare documentation of Chin’s performances and public art installations.

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Currently, “Mel Chin: Rematch” is on display at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, but is scheduled to travel to Houston in early 2015. The retrospective will be exhibited at four spaces simultaneously: the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Blaffer Art Museum, the Asia Society Texas Center, and the Station Museum. Be sure to visit each space’s website for details about the exhibition.

(All images courtesy of the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis)


Retailer Profile: George Bass

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


In 1985, underwhelmed by the menswear landscape at the time, George Bass opened a specialty men’s clothing store in New Orleans. Since then, both he and the boutique carrying his name have been at the forefront of upscale menswear—especially when it comes to helping customers define their own style through custom tailoring.

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What sets George Bass apart from other boutiques is their intimate knowledge of how garments are (and should be) constructed. This is of course in addition to their extensive experience guiding customers through the bespoke process—a distinct service that they have refined over the last thirty years to secure a well-deserved spot in Esquire’s 2014 list of the top eleven men’s stores in America. In fact, George Bass is widely recognized for their proprietary process whereby they will completely tailor garments over the phone, shipping the final pieces to customers around the world knowing that they will fit perfectly.

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It goes without saying that we at Hamilton are very proud to be part of George Bass. You can customize our shirts at both their New Orleans and Baton Rouge locations, with an informed stylist to help guide you every step of the way.

For more information on George Bass locations, services and products, you can learn more at their website. And to get a better feel of what it’s like to visit in person, be sure to read through our friend Max Wastler’s recent studio visit at the original George Bass location New Orleans, published on Basil Hayden’s Whiskey Among Other Things…

*Photos courtesy of Max Wastler & Basil Hayden’s


In 1883: Buffalo Bill Launches His First “Wild West Show”

Monday, October 13, 2014


Of course we are a bit biased, but 1883 was a pretty big year. Yes—it is the year that Edward and J. Brooke Hamilton launched Hamilton Shirt Co., but it is also the year in which a number of incredible events took place, from the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge to the unveiling of Thomas Edison’s overhead lighting. Four generations later, we are looking back to this meaningful time in world history to better appreciate our origins through a series of posts that investigate the defining events of 1883.

As such, we thought it particularly fitting given our western heritage to read up on Buffalo Bill Cody’s first Wild West Show, which first debuted in 1883 in North Platte, Nebraska.

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One part rodeo and one part theatre, the show’s celebration of life on the western frontier made it an instant attraction throughout the US and abroad. Viewers flocked to witness the impressive displays of cowboy skill such as lassoing and marksmanship (most notably that of celebrity sharpshooter Annie Oakley), and were regaled with fantastical vaudeville retellings of historical events in the western territory. In fact, the most popular of these “historical” scenes was an interpretation of the Battle of Little Bighorn, which was altered to suggest that Buffalo Bill himself could have saved General Custer and his men had he been there.

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Unsurprisingly, the Wild West Show retained a strong presence of Native Americans who participated in these scenes, as well as other aspects of the show. Most famously, the show featured Chief Sitting Bull—a good friend of the show’s founder William “Buffalo Bill” Cody—who performed regularly for a number of years.

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From the very beginning, the Wild West Show was ultimately a way for William Cody to preserve and honor his way of life as a frontiersman. Consequently, he is widely regarded as the first person to cash in on the western myth. While the show ultimately dissolved in the wake of an economic downturn, it nonetheless did inspire a widespread interest in the American West that lives on to this day, whether through film, fashion or even contemporary rodeo culture.


Press: Esquire’s Big Black Book

Monday, October 6, 2014


Every season, Esquire releases their Big Black Book—a seasonal guide to help fashionable men make informed choices when it comes to building a look, a style or even a full-on wardrobe. We at Hamilton are very proud to be featured in the Esquire’s Fall/Winter 2014 edition, not just once, but twice!

Take a look below to find us in Esquire’s short-list of bespoke clothiers across the country, as well as our feature in their “How to Dress up Now” series, where our white cotton shirt is the ballast of a great ensemble alongside pieces by Bottega Veneta & Ermenegildo Zegna.

Be sure to grab a copy of Esquire’s Fall/Winter 2014 Big Black Book for the best offerings and insights of the season.

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