- Hamilton Shirts
company_name = Hamilton Shirts
Houston, Texas, 1883
location = 5700 Richmond Ave.,
Clothier| products = Bespoke/Custom Made Shirts, Ready Made Shirts | parent =
homepage = http://www.Hamiltonshirts.com|
Established in 1883, Hamilton Shirts is a custom dress shirt maker and Houston’s oldest
familyowned business. Its storefront is located on Richmond Avenue in Houston, Texas, however, Hamilton Shirts can be ordered at luxury retailers across the United Statessuch as Barneys New York.
Hamilton Shirts produces custom made and ready made shirts, and is in the luxury goods market. They have been called “one of the most exacting shirtmakers in the world.” [ [http://www.mensvogue.com/clothing/threads/articles/2007/04/hamilton_shirts"Mens Vogue" The Cotton Club – Vance Muse] ]
Two brothers, Edward J. and J. Brooke Hamilton, prospective
sheepraisers, were traveling by trainout westfrom Virginiawhen they met John Mason who was also traveling west in order to open a men’s furnishing store. In 1883 the three decided to become partners and opened the original store in Houston, Texas. The store which the threefounded was located on the site of the present Rice Hotelnot far from its present location. [ [ http://www.htexas.com/feature.cfm?Story=735"H Texas Online" Houston’s Perfect Fit – Ann Lucas] ]
A few years later, Mason sold his interest to a captain of the
HoustonLight Guards who in turn sold to Williams E. Hamilton, Jr. which resulted in the renaming of the store to Hamilton Bros. Soon afterwards, a shirtmaking factorywas added after Edward J. Hamilton learned the trade in St. Louis. Bernard J. Hamilton, who joined in 1891, was made a partner in 1906, and took charge of the factory. In order to properly finish the shirts it seemed necessary to open a laundry. So, the partners established the first steam laundry of Houston, known as Troy Laundry.
The Hamiltons split up the
businessin 1950 with Joseph Hamilton, son of Bernard, taking over the shirt business. In the 1960’s, Joseph sent his son Jim to New York Cityto learn how to make shirtpatterns. Soon thereafter, Joseph died and Jim took over. In 1976 he moved the business from Main Street downtownto its current location on Richmond Ave. In the 1980s he established a stock shirt company called Lucerne. This shirt was sold to some of the best men’s specialty stores in America including Barneys New York. He later sold Lucerne to Robert Talbott which is how they entered the shirt business. Barneyscontacted Jim Hamilton and asked him to take over their made-to-measure shirtprogram later on.
Also in 1976, Sam Danna, a
factoryforeman and Stephanie Cowden, head seamstressand pattern maker, joined the business. They both still work at the companyand Sam Danna is godfatherto Jim’s son, David. Kelly Hamilton, David’s sisterjoined the businessin 2001 while her brotherDavid joined in 2003. Kelly and David are the fourth generationof Hamiltons to run the business.
Though Hamilton Shirts is located in
Houston, Texas, their bespokeshirts can be ordered online and through certain exclusive mens retailers across the country.
Hamilton Shirts donates roughly
10%of all profit as well as a number of custom shirts to various charities and auctions every year. [ [http://hamiltonshirts.com/OurMission.aspx Hamilton Shirts: Our Mission] ]
* [http://www.Hamiltonshirts.com Hamilton Shirts Official Site]
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