Impatient shirt lovers rejoice! The good people at Hamilton — America’s oldest family owned shirt maker — today unveiled Hamilton 1883, the Texas concern’s new collection of ready-to-wear men’s wovens. The 1883 range is a casual and comfortable compliment to Hamilton’s custom shirt making operation which has been turning out high quality American made shirts in Houston for over 125 years. While the custom route is always a wonderful journey, the styling and details in the 1883 line are a welcome new addition to the company’s line-up.
The initial 1883 collection is made up of six styles (Oxford, Utility, Western, White Collar, Short Sleeve and a pullover shirt) and a tight group of classic fabrics. I’m most partial to the Oxford shirt with its nicely shaped button-down collar and the workwear style of the double-flap-pocket Utility shirt.
Another interesting component of the 1883 launch are the photos and profiles of a group of bloggers, two of which are pictured below. I have to admit that when I first got wind of the whole “blogger” idea I was skeptical, but the Hamilton crew did a great job putting everything together. One guy in particular is a natural at that whole modeling thing. When they first called me I assumed they needed me for the “big and tall” product. Check out the entire Hamilton 1883 range here.