Washing your shirt

How to Hand Wash Your Popover

The Print Popover is a little different from our dress shirts—it’s more casual and breezy with print fabric (vs. yarn dyed, which is the process for most dress shirts). The prints are done by hand-block or screen methods, using special dyes. So naturally, the Print Popover requires different care.  READ: hand wash.

The short version is this: Do not throw these in the washer or dryer – as they will bleed naturally occurring dyes all over your other clothing, and also shrink in the dryer. Instead, wash them by hand and air dry.

So, how do you hand wash a shirt? Follow these steps:

Prep sink

1. Prepare your sink. A tub or basin works, too. Make sure the sink itself is clean ahead of time and have your laundry detergent ready. Any store-bought detergent will do.

Fill sink Add soap

Let the sink start to fill with warm water about half way before mixing in a small amount of laundry detergent (about ¼ cup).

Remove tag

Don’t forget to remove the hang tag before washing.

Rinse shirt

2. Hand wash. Submerge your shirt in the soapy water, and gently wash it.

Hand wash shirt

Don’t rush—this process can actually be a little therapeutic, so enjoy it.


Be sure to dip the shirt under water a few times. Note: The indigo and black dyes naturally bleed a little, so don’t be surprised when the water starts to change color.

Hand washing a shirt

3. Rinse. After a few dunks, drain the sink and rinse the popover under warm water until the water runs clear.

Rinse 1
Rinse 2

Gently ring out your popover to get rid of any excess water.

Hanging clothesline

4. Air dry. On a clothesline, over the back of chair…wherever you can. But no matter what, do not use the dryer. The heat will damage the cotton and weave and alter the fit and feel of the shirt.

Hanging to dry

You can create a makeshift clothesline with string and binder clips strung outside or in your bathroom.

Hanging to dry

5. Enjoy your clean shirt. It will be as fresh and soft as the day you got it. Follow  with a spray bottle and warm iron if you’d like.

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Jacksonville Mascot

Jacksonville Jaguars Mascot in H&C

Our customers are pretty incredible people with careers that range from Capitol Hill staffer to NFL mascot. Yep, you read that right. Curtis Dvorak, aka Jaxson de Ville, has been the mascot for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the past 18 seasons. He also happens to be a Hugh & Crye guy.

Curtis recently wore Biscayne, a washed teal and green poplin shirt named after a park in Southern Florida, during a pre-game interview with News4Jax. Watch the whole clip here. We’ll definitely be keeping a closer eye on the Jaguars this season.

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Countryside Photo Shoot in Maryland

Early Sunday morning, we drove out to Poolesville, MD, to shoot the new H&C OCBDs (oxford cloth button-down shirts) launching later this week. It was a gorgeous day, and one of the first that truly felt like fall.

Temperatures hovered in the high-50s, low-60s. A steady breeze made us reach for our casual blazers (coming soon!). Thin, wispy clouds covered the sky, and the surrounding foliage was just starting to show signs of the new season. Families on the hunt for pumpkins and apples passed us on the way to Homestead Farm, just up the road from the silo and plot of land where we shot. It’s amazing what you can find less than an hour outside the city. Take a look.

Maryland photo shoot
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We’ll be sharing more outtakes from the photo shoot throughout the week, so be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram, and let us know what you think!

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Danny Fung NYFW

Hugh & Crye at New York Fashion Week

While we didn’t make it to New York Fashion Week this year, we were there in spirit thanks to H&C guy Danny Fung. The LA-based photographer and actor joined blogger Elizabeth Keene—whom he photographs regularly and is pictured below—at Lincoln Center, and upstaged street-style stars in his Hugh & Crye look. We took a moment to catch up with Danny about his time at NYFW and thoughts on H&C.

Danny Fung NYFW

Why did you choose to wear Hugh & Crye? Hugh & Crye, without a doubt, stands out in terms of their fit. I have trouble shopping for clothes sometimes—too big for a small, too small for a medium. With Hugh & Crye’s unique way of fitting, it definitely works in favor with my body type. (Danny’s Hugh & Crye size is Average/Skinny).

Favorite outfit you wore last week? It would have to be the Sal shirt with the McComb blazer in cranberry. It certainly got the most attention from photographers at Lincoln Center than my other outfits did. I also added the Savannah star pattern pocket square with it, which really finished off the look.

Danny Fung NYFW

Best part of NYFW? The street-style photographers swarming Lincoln Center to get shots of everyone’s outfits. It’s surely a sight to see. People are literally coming together to see what everyone’s wearing and it’s just really awesome to see what kind of outfits people have up their sleeves. Pun certainly intended.

Worst? The heat and humidity! Early September in NYC this year was no joke. Dressing up to the nines while walking around in near 100 degree weather isn’t my most flattering look. Photographers came up to me as I had beads of sweat roll off my forehead. I know, very cute.

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Danny is pictured wearing the Sal button-down shirt in blue oxford, the McComb blazer in Cranberry, Savannah pocket square, and Alpina square-end tie. Follow @dannyfung on Instagram for more photos from NYFW, and be sure to share your own Hugh & Crye style using #hughandcrye.

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New Print Popovers

Comfort + Cool: The Print Popover

Introducing the Print Popover, a fitted casual shirt for the adventurous in life and style. It has short sleeves, a banded collar, quarter placket, and coconut shell buttons. It’s breezy for the end of summer, yet ideal for layering under a shirt or blazer in the cooler months. Available in eight hand-blocked or screen-printed patterns, and in our 12 signature sizes.

Print Popover Detail

Merging East Coast Prep and South Asian Custom
The popover made its debut in the US during the 1960s, and was quickly adopted by East Coast Ivy Leaguers as an alternative to the sporty polo. We took the all-American look and melded it with elements of the kurta, a garment popular in South Asia that we naturally gravitated toward during our travels in India. The banded collar and cambric cotton fabric mean less maintenance and easy travel, while the unique patterns pique the curiosity of both friends and strangers.

Making Popover

How It’s Made
It begins with fabric sourced from Jaipur, India. Unique patterns reminiscent of ancient fossils and petrified flowers are hand-printed onto yards of cambric cotton using wooden blocks or custom screens.

Next, patterns are drawn based on the Hugh & Crye sizes and then cut from the fabric at a facility in Delhi, India. The Popovers are sewn (inside out) and Hugh & Crye labels attached with a “Date of Birth” on the inside before undergoing a final inspection.

Print Popover Style
How We Wear It
Simply pop it on and pull it off. Layer it on over a tee, wear it under a button down, or throw a casual blazer on top. Let the print speak for itself by pairing it with solid colored pants (denim, khakis, and chinos work well), or be daring and mix patterns.

Behind the Scenes Photo Shoot Popover

The alleyways of Washington, DC, served as the perfect backdrop for our Print Popovers. Side streets, undiscovered dwellings, and intrepid travelers inspired the collection—hence why each Popover is named after a famous explorer.

Check out are some more behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot, and let us know what you think! Reach out on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #hughandcrye.

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Colombo Popover Clark Popover Cousteau Popover


Friday Style, Issue #8

We’re all for taking bold risks when it comes to color and print, and this Friday Style proves that. From camo to electric blue, we kept things interesting.

The monochromatic backdrop is the mural on the side of the Capital Checkers Club at 9th and S, a DC institution since 1982. While the building itself is inconspicuous, the artwork on its side is definitely eye-catching and one of the things we love about the neighborhood we work in. 

Check out some looks from the H&C Team below, and be sure to share your own photos on Twitter or Instagram using #hughandcrye

Carl Style Jessica Style Matt Style Phil Styles James StyleGet the look (from top to bottom): Carl is wearing Mather, a soft poplin shirt with a grey and white small check pattern, and Joggers. Jessica is wearing Sal, a light blue Oxford cloth button-down. Matt is wearing Tonopah, a charcoal mid-weight twill, with turquoise pants. Phil is wearing Mendoza, a purple, navy, and white gingham.  James is wearing the Counselor with the L’Enfant blazer in navy hopsack, a Helia pocket square, camo pants, and a Jack Spade bag. 



Instagram Hugh & Crye

Best Menswear on Instagram

Check out some of our favorite Instagram photos submitted by customers, and keep sharing your own H&C styles using #hughandcrye! You could be featured in our next roundup.


Featured this Month

First row: @jonyuen and his sweet #shoefie. @citizenfrederick at our Georgetown store. @the_fashionable_man wearing an H&C pocket square.

Second row: @andrewufl classing things up in Chalky, our contrast club collar shirt. @itsdhavalpatel wearing Craven, a button-down in indigo dot chambray. @joshhobson wearing Biscayne, a washed casual shirt, over the H&C Ampersand T-Shirt.


H&C Does the Ice Bucket Challenge

In an effort to raise awareness about ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, people all across the country are participating in the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. 

DC United nominated the H&C Team yesterday, and we accepted without hesitation. Watch as the guys get soaked from head to toe on what just so happened to be one of the coolest days of the summer.

Since the campaign launched two weeks ago, the ALS Association has gained more than 150,000 new donors and $5.5 million for Lou Gehrig’s Disease research.

While dumping a bucket of freezing cold water over your head is gutsy, it’s nothing compared to the bravery of those living with ALS. We hope our participation in the Challenge and a donation from Hugh & Crye will help play a small part in the search for a cure.


We completed the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on the roof of the Wonder Bread Factory in DC. Matt, Carl, James, Pranav, and Andrew participated in the water pouring while Jessica volunteered to film it.

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Creative Council

Join the H&C Creative Council

One of the most exciting parts of our Kickstarter is the debut of the Creative Council. It’s a customer group unlike any other that gives members the opportunity to have a greater impact on what we create here at Hugh & Crye.

Sounds awesome! How do I join? Visit our Kickstarter page and back our project. Membership to the CC is included in the Six Pack and 12 Pack rewards.

Here’s a quick run down of the benefits:

HC Creative Council



| Posted in Kickstarter, Product/Design |
H&C Engagement Shirt

A Virginia Proposal (and Engagement)

Our customers are extraordinary people, so to be a part of their most exciting moments, however tangentially, is pretty incredible. Here’s one recent story from a longtime H&C customer that we couldn’t help but share:

Steve R. knew surprising his beautiful and quick-witted girlfriend, Brooke, was going to be a challenge, but he pulled it off when he popped the question at Iwo Jima Memorial last month. Brooke said “yes!” and they celebrated with family members Steve had invited into town just for the occasion. Here they are after the big moment—all smiles. Steve is wearing the Sal, our light blue Oxford cloth button down.

Hugh & Crye Engagement Shirt

Were you wearing a Hugh & Crye shirt when you got married, graduated, broke a world record, or some other milestone? We want to hear about it! Send us an email with your photos service@hughandcrye.com, or give us a shout-out on Twitter or Instagram using #hughandcrye.


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