Jesús Rafael Soto “Penetrables” Exhibition at MFAH

Monday, May 19, 2014


Almost a decade after his death in 2005, contemporary artist Jesús Rafael Soto’s final and most ambitious installation was completed and displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Entitled Houston Penetrables, the installation is comprised of 24,000 plastic strands suspended from the ceiling, each individually tied and painted by hand.

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Soto’s ongoing Penetrables series is meant to be immersive, which is to say that the viewer is invited to touch, handle, and wade through the installation. In addition to the immense site-specific work, the exhibition also features eight other works that exemplify various phases of Soto’s extensive career in the kinetic art movement.

In a particularly interesting twist, the MFAH is broadening the participatory nature of the installation by encouraging visitors to photograph their experiences within the Houston Penetrables installation. They even rolled out a custom hashtag to document and share the different images (#SotoSummer).

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You can learn more about the installation and the process behind it on vimeo, though it’s well worth visiting in person. The Houston Penetrables exhibit will be open to the public from May 8th to September 1st. Check here for visitor information, including museum hours and details on other exhibitions.



Studio Sounds: The Wind + The Wave

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


You could say that Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn met at a crossroads. Despite building successful careers in music, both singer/songwriters became gradually less fulfilled with their work. Writing had become labored – forced even. They were both holding back, riding on projects they grew to resent.

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It’s hard to tell whether it was a breaking point or light at the end of the tunnel that brought Baker and Lynn together to form a new project: The Wind & The Wave. Drawing life lessons from the previous projects they left behind, the musicians now devote themselves entirely to genuine songwriting. As Lynn explains, “I really feel that when you truly tap into your experiences and let those feelings out, so many more people connect with it.”

As such, their aptly titled debut album From the Wreckage is not so much a beginning for Lynn and Baker, but more of a return to an honest take on songwriting. Stemming mostly from personal experiences, their lyrics are raw and emotive, without being off-putting. All in all, they are definitely a new favorite! Check out the video above, which speaks to The Wind & The Wave’s beginning, their process, and a taste of what’s to come when they release their debut album.



The Toadies x Martin House Brewing Co. – “Rubberneck Red”

Monday, March 24, 2014


There are certain pairings in life that are inherently magical—good music and great beer being one of the best. And thanks to some folks in Fort Worth, this pairing just got even better.

Texas rock band "The Toadies"

Texas rock band “The Toadies”

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, Texas rock band The Toadies partnered up with the masters at Martin House Brewing Co. for a different kind of new release. After a year of testing and tweaking, the band and brew house just unveiled a collaborative limited edition beer, aptly named Rubberneck Red.

Rubberneck Red label (artwork inspired by the original "Rubberneck" album art on the 1994 release)

Rubberneck Red label (artwork inspired by the original “Rubberneck” album art on the 1994 release)

Members of the Toadies taking part in the brewing process

Members of the Toadies taking part in the brewing process

The beer itself is a red ale crafted from caramel and Munich malts, giving it a distinct flavor underneath a serious dose of American hops. But all tasting notes aside, the beer arrived just in time to kick off the band’s much anticipated Rubberneck national tour, featuring six shows around Texas (including a night at the House of Blues here in Houston).

For information about tour dates, be sure to visit the Toadies official website. Rubberneck Red will be available exclusively throughout Texas beginning in April.



Men of Many Shirts – The Wall Street Journal 3/13/14

Friday, March 14, 2014


How many shirts do you own? How many is too many? Ray A. Smith of The Wall Street Journal uncovers a well kept sartorial secret – you can never own enough shirts. If you missed the print version of the article – a link to the online version at WSJ.com can currently be found here.

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Where Houston Gents Should Be Shopping Now – Localeur

Saturday, February 22, 2014


“Art Guy Around Town” Jarrod Klawinsky reports into “Localeur” about the best places for guys to shop in Houston right now. His top pick? Hamilton Shirts, of course!

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“1883 was a red-letter year in the history of American business. It was the year the Brooklyn Bridge opened, Thomas Edison unveiled his light bulb, and the Hamilton family launched their bespoke shirt company. Four generations later, it continues to be a family-run business whose label is synonymous with hand-crafted and finely tailored shirts. Of course, you could travel to Savile Row in London or sell a kidney to have a some buttons sewn on fabric at Charvet in Paris, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better shirtmaker in the states than Hamilton. They have off-the-rack (ready-to-wear), of course, but those in the know have shirts custom made. Walking in for the first time can be daunting as they hand you books of fabrics and show you different collars and cuff styles, but Hamilton’s superb customer service and attention to detail will leave feeling like you’re the Prince of Wales.”



Shirt Company Going Strong At Age 131 – Houston Chron

Thursday, February 20, 2014


The Houston Chronicle’s ‘Ultimate Memorial‘ (2/18/14) makes a visit to Hamilton Shirts HQ – reporting on our family, our history, our business, store & workshop. Lots of great details highlighted including the fact that we are the oldest continually run business in Houston since 1883. Check out the fantastic article here.

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Hamilton Shirts Trunk Shows for February

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Spring shirts are here and we’re heading out on the road with our new collection. Come see us the view new fabrics, get some new styling ideas, and take advantage of our specialized knowledge of experience and fit.  No appointments necessary — just stop by during store hours and say hello!

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FEB 13 & 14 ***(Postponed)
Johnstone
2905 San Gabriel
Austin, TX 78705
512.478.5637
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FEBRUARY 27 & 28
Pockets
4000 Villanova Drive
Dallas, Tx 75225
214.368.1167
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FEBRUARY 27 & 28
Stanley Korshak
500 Crescent Court
Suite 100
Dallas, Tx 75201
214.871.3600
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Brown + Blue = The New You – GQ 11/13

Monday, November 4, 2013


Brown & blue is always a favorite color combination around Hamilton HQ and in the November issue of GQ the editors show us how its done. The website currently has two perfect examples – a blue & brown variation of a buffalo plaid and a more classic check dress shirt. If you’d like even more blue & brown options…please call us, stop by the store, or visit one of our retailers for even more fabric options with our custom or made to measure programs.

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Day Trips From Houston

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


One of the nicest aspects about living in Houston is that there is always something going on in and around the city. To celebrate the cooler weather that rolled in over the weekend, we have been thinking of our favorite day-trips to bring in the fall season. Here are three excursions you might consider taking in the coming weeks:

Brazos Bend
45 mi., 47 minutes

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Adolescent alligator at Brazos Bend State Park (photo by Jake Eshelman)

Brazos Bend State Park is a great destination for an outdoor getaway. Visitors can take advantage of walking and biking trails that intertwine throughout the 5,000 acres of lakes and live oaks. In addition to fishing, picnicking, and camping, the park is also home to an incredible population of alligators. Now that the days are getting shorter, it’s also worth visiting the George Observatory, which is situated in the middle of Brazos Bend State Park. Be sure to check hours, availability, and admission fees before heading out!

The Spoetzl Brewery
127 mi, 1 hour 58 minutes

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Of all the Texan traditions that need no introduction, Shiner Beer is at the top. We suggest beating the crowds at Oktoberfest and celebrating early with a visit to the historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner proper.  If you can, try to make it down there on a weekday so you can take part in a brewery tour, which start at 11:00A and 1:30P Monday through Friday.

Weekend Two of Austin City Limits
164 mi, 2 hours 37 minutes

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Understandably, Austin City Limits is worthy of a two or even three-day trip (depending of course on who’s playing) Given what we’ve heard from this past weekend, the second iteration of ACL beginning this Friday will be nothing short of phenomenal. Tickets are still available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so get them while they last! Click here to see this weekend’s lineup and schedule.

- Contributed by Jake Eshelman of Procured Design



Cowboys & Indians – October 13

Tuesday, September 24, 2013


“Western looks for town & country” – the latest issue of Cowboys & Indians features a Lyle Lovett for Hamilton shirt along with a new 1883 style.

Our new version of the 1883 buffalo check shirt is featured on country star Granger Smith who has a local Texas link…he lives with his wife and toddler in nearby Austin.