A Visit to Hamilton Shirts

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.

The main Hamilton Shirts showroom in Houston
The workroom, where bolts of fabric line the walls
Bolts of fabric

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.

The four fabrics I picked
The blue check fabric, which will be made into a button-down
A detail of the pink and purple stripe
Being re-measured; four years will change a body
Frannie, your intrepid photographer


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