Earlier today, Frannie and I made an excursion to Hamilton Shirts in Houston. Hamilton is the country’s oldest maker of custom shirts, in business since 1883, making it two years older even than England’s venerable Turnbull & Asser.
Although it had been four years since my last visit, we were, as always, warmly received. I had the option of of perusing the fabrics in books or adjourning to the workroom, where bolts of fabric fill shelves that line the walls. I opted for the latter, as considering fabrics on large bolts always adds more verisimilitude to the custom experience.
I ended up ordering four shirts: a white herringbone with a spread collar; a blue solid with a spread collar; a blue check with a button down collar and a pink and purple hairline stripe with a contrasting white club collar. They should be ready by mid-March.