Retail's Night Out

A Great Time At Retail’s Night Out

Last night we were thrilled to join a lineup of fabulous DC small businesses in CityCenterDC to celebrate retail’s entrepreneurial spirit with the National Retail Federation. The one-night-only event, Retail’s Night Out, featured pop-up shops, food trucks, music, and much more.

We had a great time chowing down on PEPE’s Polo Frito Bocata and Classic CapMac’n Cheese, while chatting with some of our long-time customers and making new friends. And, we got the chance to catch up with some fellow small businesses including Filson and S3 Active. Plus, our own Ryan Howard spoke with NRF about the importance of supporting fellow retailers to strengthen our community, and the role that retail can play in driving innovation.

Ryan being interviewed at Retail's Night Out

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#GoodPeople: Henry Hughes

If writer and director Henry Hughes could give a gift to anyone, it would be a cheeseburger to his dog. “No gift to another human would ever be as satisfying as a cheeseburger would be to her,” he elaborated.

Keep in mind, this is coming from a guy who would get a blue-ribbon this week for not eating McDonald’s french fries. Henry hadn’t had those fries for years until recently, and he’s pretty sure he’s taken drugs that are less addicting.

Henry Hughes wearing Hugh & Crye

Henry wearing H&C’s Berkley tuxedo shirt.

The last time Henry smiled so big it hurt was when he came home from Afghanistan, and his wife was there waiting for him. “Home is a powerful thing,” Henry shared. Perhaps that sense of family is why Henry sees himself as a penguin. “There’s a Herzog film where a mad penguin wanders aimlessly into the center of Antarctica to his certain death. Poor guy lost his mind. And they’re family oriented,” noted Henry.

Home is a powerful thing

When we asked Henry what’s made him think about something differently recently, he brought up stretching. He hated stretching in gym class or before a soccer match. But now he spends half of his time at the gym in awkward positions on a blue mat. “Delightful results. Who knew?” he said cheerily.

Henry also shared that Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather trilogy continues to teach him lessons each time he watches it. “He found a way to discuss personal duty, capitalism, and the American Dream through family. It grounds the story in relatable fashion that somehow still remains operatic. It’s intimate and vast,” said Henry.

Hank Hughes

Henry’s most prized clothing item is his father’s CVC jacket, which is a jacket he wore as a tank commander. It’s a beautiful piece of clothing full of history, and Henry wears it to write sometimes. Which led us further into his habits. When he dances when no one is watching, Henry loves to play Jesus songs. “Though I’m not a card carrying member, there’s something about singing to the heavens,” he said.

Being an adult is weird

Building on things that bring him joy, Henry shared one of his favorite early memories with his best friend, Joseph, which happened in college. Joseph didn’t have a cell phone, so he would give girls Henry’s number, and Henry would play secretary when they called, taking messages, or running down to Joseph’s room to pass off the call. When it comes to other friendships, we also asked Henry what brought him and one of his newest friends together. His answer? “We both dated my wife. Being an adult is weird.”

Henry’s most afraid of not getting the chance to take adulthood in stride. But his response to what he would like to tell the person he feels closest to right now makes us think he’s on his way: “Darlin, there’s a booger on your upper lip.”

Keep in touch with Henry, and learn more about his Oscar-nominated film Day One here.

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Hugh & Crye Popover

H&C in Kempt

We’ve been big fans of Kempt’s style tips ever since they’ve been helping men navigate the sartorial deep. So, we were very excited to see our popovers featured in this week’s Kempt Five. In the piece, Najib Benouar shares that our band-collared popovers are a great fit all summer long—to wear casually or under a blazer. And, Najib highlights, they’re cut from a “magical ‘cambric cotton’ that makes them as soft and airy as all get-out.” If you’re interested in trying our popovers, check out our current fun, hand-blocked prints, and stay tuned for our upcoming release!

Popover for Men

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The Cosmos Men's Dress Shirt is a perfect fit

Hello? Edition 3: Prestige in Peach and White Stripes

Phone Illustration Remember telephones without caller ID? This series is meant to prompt a bit of curiosity, discovery and excitement. Like our old friend, the landline. A new shirt in focus every Monday to start your week off on the right foot.

The Cosmos

 

Step into history with a shirt embodying all the esteem and curiosity of those invested in advancing science, literature, and art in Washington DC.

What’s unique about this shirt?

This shirt showcases a tall point collar, a luxurious 120s poplin fabric, and lavish mother-of-pearl buttons.

Why should I care?

Our tall point collar eludes a conservative and traditional style, that when combined with this smart peach and white stripes pattern makes this shirt a perfect fit for a sophisticated spring look. This shirt also features our signature convertible cuffs. The height of versatility, our convertible cuffs roll with the top down or up, proverbially. Outwardly a run-of-the-mill barrel cuff, they possess a secret, second hole sewn behind the button, enabling the convertible to be buttoned or linked together. Convertible cuffs look as formal as their folded over French counterparts when fastened with cuff links and offer a button for more casual wear, providing the best of both worlds.

How should I wear it?

This shirt will look great worn with our charcoal Seneca or charcoal L’Enfant. It’s versatile enough to be a fit for pairing with light linen pants, dark denim and black slacks. It would also look handsome topped with a navy tie.

When should I wear it?

Typically the thiner the stripe on a shirt, the more formal it is. That makes our Cosmos a great fit for celebrations where you want to take it up a notch, including Easter, birthdays, and high school graduations. You’ll also find the Cosmos goes well with slacks for concerts at dusk, or with jeans for casual conversations amongst stacks of books and weekend wine tastings.

Learn more about our Cosmos here, and let your curiosity carry you. If you already own the Cosmos, take a photo when you wear it and tag #hughandcrye. We’ll randomly select a winner for a fun surprise.

Explore other posts in our Hello? series here.

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H&C in Washingtonian

H&C in Washingtonian’s April 2016 Issue

In case you haven’t had a chance to pick it up just yet, our friends at Washingtonian have a great piece in April’s issue on what to wear for work right now, and we’re flattered to be included. Written by Sarah Zlotnik with Caroline Cunningham and photographed by Jeff Elkins, the article gives the rundown on the new rules for looking smart on the job; it features our Amherst small button down in red and white check, perfect for getting you noticed — in a good way. Also showcased are Joseph Nicynski wearing our pink Foxhall shirt and McComb blazer, and Victor Nyugen-Long sporting our white Mayfair dress shirt. We love the way they incorporated bright spring colors and brought everything together – even if they aren’t wearing socks.

What are some of your favorite work week workhorses right now?

H&C dress shirt recommended for men

H&C in Washingtonian

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El Ritmo Cocktail and the Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor & El Ritmo: Pocket Cocktail

The Pocket Cocktail

In this series, we pair one of our one-of-a-kind print pocket squares with a delicious cocktail. One starts a conversation, the other keeps it going. Today’s edition is a great way to add a little seasonal fun to your Friday. It was created by Giancarlo Quiroz Jesus of The Diamond, and shared with us by Talia from Two For The Bar.

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El Ritmo

[inspired by our Ann Arbor pocket square]

This award-winning cocktail is inspired by the rhythm and soul of Central American culture.

  • 50ml Bacardi Superior
  • 10ml Cynar
  • 30ml Fresh Pineapple Juice
  • 15ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 15ml Coconut Cream

Combine ingredients and shake over ice. Serve over crushed ice and garnish with a mint sprig.

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Who do you think would enjoy this classic play on the Pina Colada?

Recipe and photo courtesy of Two for the Bar.

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#GoodPeople: Colin Hartman

When asked, founder of DC-based chocolate factory Harper Macaw, Colin Hartman, said he sees himself as the Harpy Eagle, because it’s endangered, but the largest and most powerful raptor in the Americas. He was, of course, joking.

Colin of Harper Macaw

Colin wearing the H&C Fitted T-shirt.

But he elaborated, “It is, however, the logo and one of the namesakes of my company which I’m entirely consumed with right now, so it’s hard to think of anything else.” Which explains why one of the things Colin is afraid of not getting the chance to do is to clear his email inbox some day.

I’m running a new company and everyday it feels like I’m completely failing at a number of things, and worse, failing other people.

Colin went on to share a bit about how his company has made him think differently recently. “I’m running a new company, and everyday it feels like I’m completely failing at a number of things, and worse, failing other people. It can take a toll on one’s self-esteem,” he said. Colin explained that he’s been through a few wringers before, and he always pushed through or was fortunate that things turned out well. Looking back though, he mentioned in those situations it seemed easy to maintain a positive attitude and a healthy perspective. Now, he’s beginning to recognize that those were sprints, and what he’s up against currently is more of a marathon. As a result he’s realizing he really needs to do a better job of managing his own psychology; for his own sake, but mostly for the people who surround him. He knows it’s going to take a lot of conscious focus and reflection.

He elaborated, “Perhaps this is just the natural cycle of life. It’s like you spend your late teens and early twenties building yourself up, and then the real world crushes you. And then you spend your mid- and late-twenties building yourself up, and then somewhere in your thirties a more extreme version of the real world crushes you, and so on. And then someday you, if you’re lucky or successful enough, hopefully you can say screw it all and do whatever you want.”

You spend your late teens and early twenties building yourself up, and then the real world crushes you.

Changing course, Colin shared that he smiled so big it hurt when he and his wife found out they’re having a baby boy this fall. Perhaps that’s why if he could earn a blue ribbon for something over the past week, he wished it would have been an egregiously dashing display of conspicuous gallantry toward his wife or a dramatic reduction in his use of just horrific profanities. Though, neither was achieved.

We moved on to chat about what else Colin is currently enjoying, besides dancing to Bailando by Enrique Iglesias when no one is watching. Colin shared that one of his most prized items of clothing at the moment is a kangaroo leather jacket by Kill_Kapture, a brand inspired by special operations gear, newly launched by a friend of his who served in the Australian SAS. “He only made 20 jackets of his first line, and all are owned by military veterans. That’s pretty f-ing cool,” exclaimed Colin.

Colin wearing his jacket

Colin wearing his favorite jacket and a H&C Oxford cloth button-down.

Which led us deeper into his military experience. Colin shared that if he could give a gift to anyone it would be to an Afghan commando he trained and befriended in 2010, when he was with the Marines. “I’m sure I’ll never see him again, and I don’t even know if he’s alive. But he’d always ask me for whiskey, and we weren’t allowed to drink or even possess alcohol in-country. So if I could, I’d finally get around to giving him a bottle of the good stuff,” said Colin.

Chocolate, wine, and of course a mutual friend are best for bringing new friends together.

When it comes to friendships, Colin expressed that one of his favorite early memories with his best friend happened on the first day of first grade. It took Colin a really long time to learn how to read, and when he walked into the classroom he was so impressed to see a kid reading a book out loud to a classmate. He later realized that the kid wasn’t reading at all, but was instead speaking complete gibberish. “Not a whole lot has changed in 25 years. I call him Jibbity,” said Colin. Now, chocolate, wine, and of course a mutual friend are the things most likely to bring Colin and new friends together. And we couldn’t agree more; that’s a powerful combination.

Keep in touch with Colin on Harper Macaw’s Instagram, and check out his unbelievable chocolate here, including a newly launched line of partisan chocolate, The Political Collection.

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St. Paul Men's Dress Shirt

Hello? Edition 2: A Micro Check That Makes No Little Plans

Phone Illustration Remember telephones without caller ID? This series is meant to prompt a bit of curiosity, discovery and excitement. Like our old friend, the landline. A new shirt in focus every Monday to start your week off on the right foot.

The St. Paul

Big city sophistication meets the best of Midwestern hustle in The St. Paul, part of our Professionals collection inspired by vibrant towns outside of Minneapolis. Today, as the state capital, St. Paul, along with its twin city, anchors the second-largest economic center in the Midwest.

What’s unique about this shirt?

From the Wabasha Caves, actual caves that were transformed by gangsters into an underground speakeasy known as the “Castle Royal” to the storied Cathedral of Saint Paul, one of the most distinctive cathedrals in the nation, modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, St. Paul has shaped its own legendary success story.

Drawing inspiration from this beautiful blue collar city built on the bluffs of the Mississippi, our St. Paul dress shirt features a smart navy blue micro check pattern. Designed with our small button down collar, a luxurious 120s poplin fabric, and a collegiate yet modern style, the St. Paul will put you at ease.

Why should I care?

Crafted from a particular variety of Egyptian cotton that is renowned as some of the best in the world, this shirt will make you feel at home. Its cotton has longer fibers, resulting in a more durable fabric. Poplin, sometimes called broadcloth, is a plain weave which means the threads alternately cross over and then under each other. This results in a very smooth fabric that has an almost silky hand feel, particularly with the St. Paul’s high thread count. Also, poplins look very crisp when ironed.

How should I wear it?

Wear it with jeans when watching a hockey game and drinking local hops at your favorite bar, or with slacks when taking a stroll through historic landmarks and museums. You can mix and match it with our casual Seneca blazer in navy or burgundy, as well as dress it up with a cardigan or a tie.

When should I wear it?

Lightly-colored dress shirts are workhorses all year round. The St. Paul is a perfect fit for an evening socializing with friends, going on a date at your favorite hideaway, and backyard barbecues with your family.

Learn more about our St. Paul here, and create your story; today is the start of anything you want. If you already own the St. Paul, take a photo when you wear it and tag #hughandcrye. We’ll randomly select a winner for a fun surprise.

Explore other posts in our Hello? series here.

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#GoodPeople: Steve Christensen

#GoodPeople
Our customers are extraordinary people. Here are their stories.

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When no one is watching DC SCORES soccer coach and November Project DC leader, Steve Christensen, he’s probably busy dancing to Puppets by Atmosphere. He’s been rockin’ that jam ever since his first November Project Summit in -30C in Edmonton, and he hasn’t looked back.

Steve from November Project

Now, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the highlight of his day occurs before 7AM with his DC tribe of the NP — a free, grassroots movement that aims to get people of all ages, levels of fitness, and political parties, out moving and exploring their city, while making real human connections and building a positive community. “It’s a way to have the most fun you’ll have all week in the span of an hour, all before the rest of the city even rolls out of bed,” says Steve.

Have the most fun you’ll have all week in the span of an hour, all before the rest of the city even rolls out of bed

For Steve, organically meeting people provides a bit of a rush. “Talking to a cashier or a server, someone on the corner, or the guy handing out the Washington Post Express at the metro, are all great ways to do that,” he elaborated. However, he meets the most people through NP, including some of his closest friends, which he attributes to just deciding to show up.

He’s a firm believer in making your own chances; putting forth your best effort and being smart about it. “Part of that is connecting and surrounding yourself with good, motivated people,” he elaborated. There’s something about the team aspect of NP that makes him feel as though he already knows a person there really well when he first meets them. And, he highlighted that they like to get weird and laugh a lot, which explains why he leaves every workout with that ‘nothing can bring me down’ feeling.

Part of that is connecting and surrounding yourself with good, motivated people

Turning to reflect on some of his older friendships, Steve shared one of his favorite memories: riding shotgun in his best friend’s jeep with unzipped windows and the top down. Every time they’d arrive wherever they were going, they’d blast Go Getta by Young Jeezy. “We used to think we were really cool. I will continue to believe that we were,” reinforced Steve.

When it comes to keeping in touch with friends, Steve feels strongly about picking up the phone and giving them a call, solidifying the relationships he’s made over the years with people in Milwaukee, Philly, LA, Boston, and Edmonton. “As we age and technology advances, we can see our friends’ updates in the form of pictures and videos on Facebook. The more this happens, the easier it is to not directly talk to or visit friends in far off places,” elaborated Steve. So, he’s making a point of actually doing those things.

Similarly to his spirit animal, a dolphin, Steve loves to be in social situations, but appreciates alone time, and looks at cooperation and communication as the keys to getting things done. That’s probably why he’s almost certain that the person he’s closest to knows everything that he thinks and feels. He shared, “When you’re head over heels in love with someone you want them to know everything. My fiancé is the coolest, smartest, most beautiful person in my world, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of our weird lives together.”

When it comes to other things he loves in his life, he has two main sets of favorite clothing. One is his flat brim hats, including a tagged Lululemon hat. The second is his grassroots gear: shirts tagged with the words ‘November Project’ using spray paint, featuring DC’s own tag, the Lincoln Memorial. For him, each shirt (and it’s more than he’d like to admit) has a different story and a different feeling when he puts it on: from his original white tee tagged in Boston next to the Charles River, to his maple leaf tag from Edmonton, to his first, second, and third iterations of the DC tag.

Steve Christensen GoodPeople

Photo via Dooster Film

Moving on from the clothes he likely wore last week, to what he did last week, we asked Steve what he might have earned a blue ribbon for. He shared that it would be for completing his homework, the type of homework NP encourages: giving back in the community by making it a better place by doing something ‘out of the way’ nice for someone.

Make it a better place by doing something ‘out of the way’ nice for someone

Not just the typical hold the door kind of things that you should do every day, but something beyond that, such as paying for the coffee for the person behind you in line, paying for the next car’s toll, or giving your scarf or jacket to someone that looks cold. When it’s done, you just say “Homework complete.” It’s not about bragging about what you did, simply that you did it is more than enough.

Though, if Steve could gift anything to anyone, it would be patience to drivers and cyclists. He’s experienced tremendously impatient people on both sides of the equation. “For the most part, if people realized that 15 seconds doesn’t make any difference, we’d all be safer, less stressed, and generally happier,” said Steve. And, we couldn’t agree more.

If you’d like to get in touch with Steve, you can find him on Twitter here, or at the November Project DC MWF mornings.

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Wesley Professional Shirt for Slim Men

Hello? Edition 1: The Most Gentlemanly Shirt We’ve Ever Made

Phone Illustration Remember telephones without caller ID? This series is meant to prompt a bit of curiosity, discovery and excitement. Like our old friend, the landline. A new shirt in focus every Monday to start your week off on the right foot.

 

The Wesley

 

THE WESLEY shirt is a band collar shirt in a 120 yarn count poplin fabric with mother-of-pearl (MOP) buttons, a french placket and convertible cuffs.

What’s unique about this shirt?

The Wesley features a band collar we think you’ll be fond of. All “normal” collars actually have a supporting piece underneath of them called the neck band. Band collars only contain a neck band – they do not have what’s called a “cape” which is the turned down part of the collar that we’re most familiar with. Band collars are sometimes called Mandarin or Nehru collars, though variations in the shape and enclosure do exist.

Why should I care?

Well, you don’t have to; that’s for sure. But you should for a few reasons. First, it’s a collar that can be dressed up or down. Second, not only does it not require a tie to look good, it can’t be worn with one! This is especially enticing for guys that hate wearing ties (looking at you, Richard Branson).

How should I wear it?

We’re sure you know that as the only choice for a gentleman historically, white wears well with pretty much anything. The Wesley will look sharp with a pair of jeans, slacks or even casual joggers. In terms of layering your torso, wear it under a leather jacket or under a blazer and you can’t go wrong. We’d recommend pairing it with our L’Enfant blazer in grey check this spring, and our Seneca blazer in navy during the summer.

When should I wear it?

A white shirt will never be out of place, whether during office work or play. The Wesley is great for savoring a drink on a sunny patio any time of year. It’s also a perfect fit for spring events including high school graduations, weddings, and strolls through the city.

Like what you see? Explore the Wesley limited edition collection. And, if you already own the Wesley, we’d be thrilled to see you wearing it. Please share your photos, and tag them with #hughandcrye on Twitter or Instagram this week. We’ll randomly select one winner for a wonderful surprise.

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