The Difference Between Made-to-Measure & Bespoke

Monday, July 21, 2014


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We’ve recently received some questions about the differences between our Made-to-Measure and Bespoke shirts. At first glance, it can be somewhat difficult to wrap your head around, but the distinctions between the two are actually quite simple.

In the most basic sense, the difference lies in the degree of customization. Whereas our Bespoke service is essentially limitless in terms of designing a custom shirt, our Made-to-Measure offerings are crafted from a curated selection of our most popular styles and fabrics—many of which change with the seasons.

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It’s worth nothing that both Bespoke and Made-to-Measure shirts are handmade to match your specific measurements. So visit us online, in our Houston workshop, or at one of our many retailers to determine your perfect fit. Please note however that our Bespoke shirts are only available in person with a retail specialist to guide you through every step of the process.

In the meantime, click here to learn more about our Bespoke and Made-to-Measure offerings.


Press: Prime Living

Monday, July 14, 2014


We are thrilled to see our multi-check button-down in the pages of PRIME Living Magazine—the definitive guide to a Texan lifestyle. Check out their roundup of mens summer essentials below! You can also view the issue in it’s entirety here.

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Press: DEPARTURES

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


For their “Summer in America” issue, DEPARTURES put together some stunning looks featuring none other than our dot check linen pop-over shirt. Wear it by itself to stay cool and casual, or dress it up under a blazer. Either way, it’s a perfect summer staple.

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Julep: A Celebration of Southern Cocktails & Cuisine

Monday, June 30, 2014


It’s hard to imagine now, but ice was once an incredibly sought-after commodity in the South. In fact, it was an emblem of extreme wealth during most of the 19th century. Ice was not only an ingredient in Southern cocktails, but was also a means by which the upper classes could enjoy fresh shellfish and other seafood far away from the coast.

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Fascinated by the history of Southern cocktails and cuisine, Houston mixologist-turned-entrepreneur Alba Huerta is launching Julep—a brand new cocktail lounge devoted to reviving the warmth, hospitality, and drinking culture of the South. Drawing from her formative experience at Anvil and The Pastry War, Huerta developed an extensive menu of historically inspired cocktails and food items, placing a special emphasis on Southern spirits & raw shellfish.

Mixologist & Bar-owner Alba Huerta

Mixologist & Bar-owner Alba Huerta

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While the entire experience is centered around sharing Southern heritage, Julep is also unique in that it celebrates the rise of female mixologists and barowners—a notable point of progress from the male-dominated industry of yesteryear. As such, the interior will feature a slightly feminine touch, adding to the nostalgic nuances of copper countertops and an extensive back porch.

Stay tuned to Julep’s website and Facebook for details concerning their opening. And when you visit, be sure to take a look at the custom Hamilton shirts designed for the male staff!


Press: Modern Luxury Brides

Monday, June 23, 2014


Modern Luxury Brides put together a wonderful feature on how to dress for a wedding–or any black tie event for that matter. We are thrilled that they included our tuxedo shirt as the foundation of such a distinguished ensemble. Take a look!

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Press: Vanity Fair July Hollywood Issue with Dayo Okeniyi

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


For their special July issue, Vanity Fair takes a look at the next generation of talent in Hollywood—and actor Dayo Okeniyi looks particularly distinguished in his Hamilton shirt!

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A Visit to the Baldwin Men’s Shop

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Just before the Memorial Day weekend, we had the pleasure of catching up with some of the guys behind Baldwin Denim in their flagship store just south of Kansas City. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the label, Baldwin is one of the preeminent US-based denim labels specializing in handmade, raw selvedge jeans.

The label is relatively young, but is very well respected amongst denim devotees. Much of this stems from their product line, which prominently features a variety of fit and fabric options for both men and women—a consideration that is somewhat unique in the industry. The rest is a matter of personality; everyone in the shop was charismatic, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in what they do.

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If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop in—if for no other reason than to soak up a bit of knowledge and pass some time with good company. Click here for the Baldwin Men’s Shop address, phone number, and opening hours. 


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.

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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).

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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.


Larry McGuire’s Austin – DETAILS

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Texas chef and restaurateur Larry McGuire put together a great insider’s guide to Austin for DETAILS magazine. In it, he discusses his favorite meals, destinations, and of course Johnstone Made to Measure where he finds his “go-to” custom Hamilton dress shirts. Thanks for the mention!

Click here for the full article.

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East – Esquire’s Big Black Book Spring/Summer 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Esquire’s Spring/Summer 2014 ‘Big Black Book’ special issue looks at dressing for the heat, inspired by the look & style of exotic locations in the Far East. Linen suits, white cotton shirts (like ours seen here), and sweltering temperatures. Bring on the gin & tonics.

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