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!


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.” 


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Brand Profile: Side Project Skateboards

Friday, October 3, 2014

From new restaurants to brick & mortar boutiques, there has been an incredible surge in Houston’s entrepreneurial and creative communities throughout the last several years. And as the city’s longest running family business, we’re continually inspired to discover small new companies who are opening all around us. In fact, our favorite recent favorite is located only a couple blocks south of our workshop and is already receiving international attention despite only launching in October of 2013.


Launched by Jake Eshelman (a friend a colleague who has worked with Hamilton since Spring of last year), Side Project Skateboards is a brand of handmade, vintage-inspired skateboards crafted from recovered hardwoods and American-made components. As you can imagine, SPS is somewhat of an anomaly, crafting luxury skateboards that are as stunning to look at as they are to ride.



If we were to pinpoint a defining characteristic of SPS, it would definitely be quality—not just of the skateboards themselves, but the entire brand as a whole. Jake handles every aspect of the label including product design, woodworking, photography, web design, social media, etc. It’s a labor of love that we can absolutely get behind.

Be sure to visit Side Project Skateboards online and stay tuned for their upcoming Fall/Winter ’14 collection, which is set to debut this month. In the meantime, you can follow SPS on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Side Project Skateboards is also representing Houston as a finalist in this year’s Made in America Awards, so be sure to join us in casting your votes!

Press: PRIME Living Sep/Oct ’14

Monday, September 22, 2014

As many of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and to help support the cause, PRIME Living curated a list of products whose proceeds go to help researchers find a cure. We are very proud to have our pink Lyle Lovett western shirt included in their collection!

Since launching our inaugural line of Lyle Lovett western shirts last year, we have designated the proceeds from each solid pink oxford as a charitable donation to M.D. Anderson’s cancer research center here in Houston.

Take a look at PRIME Living feature below and visit them online to see even more products that give back to cancer research. In the meantime, you can also learn more about M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, and a variety of other incredible organizations that are working to find a cure.

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Press: Man of the World

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Man of the World, it is an incredible style, travel, food, art, and culture editorial and online boutique that has gained a well-deserved following since launching in 2012. Celebrating their two-year anniversary, they released a special issue of their quarterly magazine featuring an even more impressive collection of articles, interviews and inspiration.

We are very excited to have been included in this more recent issue for a collaborative photo-essay by photographer Ben Weller and stylist Julie Ragolia investigating the “True West.” Take a look at our new buffalo check and brushed twill shirts below! And also be sure to grab your copy of the special Man of the World anniversary issue (No. 9).

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