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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Vacation Finds: Our New Favorite Houston Hangouts

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One of our favorite aspects of Houston is that you don’t have to go far to stumble on something new and exciting. And now that we’re back in the workshop after our annual vacation, we can’t help but to reflect on some of the recent finds that we discovered around the city. If nothing else, consider them an excuse to step beyond your normal stomping grounds.

Mongoose v. Cobra

Mongoose vs. Cobra (photo: Houston Culturemap)

Mongoose vs. Cobra (photo: Houston Culturemap)

We’ve heard great things over the past several months about Mongoose v. Cobra and it still surpassed expectations. It’s a must for anyone who likes craft beer, fine spirits and incredible cocktails. With an open rustic-chic floor plan, the atmosphere is perfect for a relaxing drink after work (and a great place to linger past midnight). Mongoose v. Cobra also features a small, but well-curated food menu—the Brätwurst being a notable favorite. 1011 McGowen St., Houston, TX 77002  (713) 650-6872




Specializing in Indian-fusion, Indika has amassed a considerable reputation (around the city and across the country) for its unique dishes and flavor pairings. While you can’t go wrong ordering off of their standard menu, we particularly enjoy their “No-menu Wednesdays” where they experiment with different spices, ingredients and techniques to keep things interesting. 516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 – (713) 524-2170


Rice University Art Gallery

Detail from Dinh Q. Lê's exhibition on view at Rice University Gallery

Detail from Dinh Q. Lê’s exhibition on view at Rice University Gallery

Tucked away in the Rice University campus, this unassuming gallery exhibits site-specific installations by world-renowned visual artists from Yayoi Kusama to El Anatsui. The Rice University Art Gallery itself is specific to installation art, meaning that you are fully immersed within the work(s) on display rather than simply approaching pieces hung on a wall. The current show (“Crossing the Farther Shore” by Vietnamese-American artist Dinh Q. Lê) is on view until
August 28th and is well worth experiencing before it comes down. 6100 Main St., Houston, Texas 77005
  (713) 348-6069

Wallpaper* City Guide: Houston

Monday, July 28, 2014

Wallpaper City Guides just released their top destinations around Houston, and we’re very proud to be featured alongside some of our favorite businesses and places to visit throughout the city. Take a look at what they had to say about their visit to our workshop—and be sure to pick up a copy of the Houston City Guide here!



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.


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).


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.


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 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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