In 1883: Buffalo Bill Launches His First “Wild West Show”

Monday, October 13, 2014

Of course we are a bit biased, but 1883 was a pretty big year. Yes—it is the year that Edward and J. Brooke Hamilton launched Hamilton Shirt Co., but it is also the year in which a number of incredible events took place, from the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge to the unveiling of Thomas Edison’s overhead lighting. Four generations later, we are looking back to this meaningful time in world history to better appreciate our origins through a series of posts that investigate the defining events of 1883.

As such, we thought it particularly fitting given our western heritage to read up on Buffalo Bill Cody’s first Wild West Show, which first debuted in 1883 in North Platte, Nebraska.


One part rodeo and one part theatre, the show’s celebration of life on the western frontier made it an instant attraction throughout the US and abroad. Viewers flocked to witness the impressive displays of cowboy skill such as lassoing and marksmanship (most notably that of celebrity sharpshooter Annie Oakley), and were regaled with fantastical vaudeville retellings of historical events in the western territory. In fact, the most popular of these “historical” scenes was an interpretation of the Battle of Little Bighorn, which was altered to suggest that Buffalo Bill himself could have saved General Custer and his men had he been there.


Unsurprisingly, the Wild West Show retained a strong presence of Native Americans who participated in these scenes, as well as other aspects of the show. Most famously, the show featured Chief Sitting Bull—a good friend of the show’s founder William “Buffalo Bill” Cody—who performed regularly for a number of years.


From the very beginning, the Wild West Show was ultimately a way for William Cody to preserve and honor his way of life as a frontiersman. Consequently, he is widely regarded as the first person to cash in on the western myth. While the show ultimately dissolved in the wake of an economic downturn, it nonetheless did inspire a widespread interest in the American West that lives on to this day, whether through film, fashion or even contemporary rodeo culture.

Press: Esquire’s Big Black Book

Monday, October 6, 2014

Every season, Esquire releases their Big Black Book—a seasonal guide to help fashionable men make informed choices when it comes to building a look, a style or even a full-on wardrobe. We at Hamilton are very proud to be featured in the Esquire’s Fall/Winter 2014 edition, not just once, but twice!

Take a look below to find us in Esquire’s short-list of bespoke clothiers across the country, as well as our feature in their “How to Dress up Now” series, where our white cotton shirt is the ballast of a great ensemble alongside pieces by Bottega Veneta & Ermenegildo Zegna.

Be sure to grab a copy of Esquire’s Fall/Winter 2014 Big Black Book for the best offerings and insights of the season.

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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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Press: Man of the World

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with Man of the World, it is an incredible style, travel, food, art, and culture editorial and online boutique that has gained a well-deserved following since launching in 2012. Celebrating their two-year anniversary, they released a special issue of their quarterly magazine featuring an even more impressive collection of articles, interviews and inspiration.

We are very excited to have been included in this more recent issue for a collaborative photo-essay by photographer Ben Weller and stylist Julie Ragolia investigating the “True West.” Take a look at our new buffalo check and brushed twill shirts below! And also be sure to grab your copy of the special Man of the World anniversary issue (No. 9).

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Press: Bearing’s Guide (Edition No. 144)

Monday, September 15, 2014

As longtime fans and readers of Bearing’s Guide, we were absolutely thrilled when they reached out to us for a feature on Hamilton Shirts. The article itself (which just debuted in their most recent edition) takes a close look at our unique place and perspective in the industry—following from our humble origins in 1883 through to our vision moving forward.

Be sure to read the article in its entirety to learn more about the values, quality and evolution that got us to where we are today as Houston’s oldest family-owned business.


Press: GQ September Issue

Monday, September 8, 2014

In their September issue, GQ puts a handle on flair with a great photo essay featuring small, but noticeable embellishments to energize into your wardrobe. In addition to featuring a variety of accessories from watches to briefcases, they also take a look at trusted staples—like a perfectly tailored cuff to add a pop of color from beneath your blazer.

See one way you can style our grey and navy check button-up in their article below, and be sure to visit our online shop to view the full fall/winter collection.


Happy Labor Day!

Monday, September 1, 2014


First and foremost, we hope you are enjoying your Labor Day! Secondly, starting tomorrow, we are resuming our normal studio hours. Be sure to drop by our Houston workshop to see our newly launched Fall/Winter ‘14 collection of 1883 shirts!

Mon-Thu: 9:30A-6P
Fri: 9:30A-5P
Sat: 10A-4P

You can also view the new collection online here.

Press: Men’s Health

Monday, August 25, 2014

For the September issue of Men’s Health, soccer legend and style icon Cristiano Ronaldo discusses how a single shirt changed his life. Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine for the full feature. In the meantime, take a sneak peek at our F/W14 collection featuring our new floral print button-up in navy and bordeaux. Stay tuned over the next couple days for the full collection to launch!


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