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Pranav’s Fireside Chat (Sans Fire) At TrackMaven

On Friday, Pranav sat down with Allen Gannett and the awesome team at TrackMaven, to share a little bit about Hugh & Crye. We thought you might enjoy one of the stories he told, so here’s a quick peek behind the scenes:

Our 3D collar stays printed on demand are made possible by a Makerbot that Pranav and Philip stuffed into the back seat of a Mini, and drove down from New York. After weeks of tinkering away to get it up and running, we’ve had so much fun watching our customers get creative with them for lots of different purposes. For example, around the holidays, we’ll see many partners ordering for their husbands crafting little love notes on the stays. We’ve also had men place orders for stays including their phone number as the message, perfect for passing out to women during a night out at the club. Our latest favorite order was for “FC Liverpool,” which we’re still trying to prove was our own Ryan Morris from Customer Experience.

Awesome @TrackMaven talk today from local favorite @HughandCrye!” wrote Anna Celentino, and we couldn’t agree more. Thanks for having us!

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Hello 8: Support From Lavender 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 Alibi

Meet our Alibi, a luxurious shirt inspired by gentlemen in Washington DC invested in fostering mutual improvement, education, and enlightenment.

What’s unique about this shirt?

Steeped in the ambitious history of senators and diplomats, the Alibi features our tall point collar, mother-of-pearl buttons, and a luxurious 120s poplin fabric for a silky-smooth feel. It’s lavender and white stripes pattern supplies the unexpected variety every modern gentleman’s closet needs.

Why should I care?

A few reasons, really: These gentle colors bring out the best in nearly any complexion. And, our classic tall-point collar is probably our most traditional collar, and often thought of as a more American collar, which brings an instant touch of sophistication to any outfit. It has a narrower distance between the two collar points and when buttoned, a smaller enclosure for a tie knot. As a result, it’s great buttoned up with a tie, making this a wonderful, silky-smooth shirt for summer weddings, the work week, and beyond.

How should I wear it?

While you’re probably used to whites and blues, purples may seem intimidating – but they shouldn’t be! Nearly everything can easily match with lavender, from black to green and surprisingly, orange. Pair this shirt with khakis for a more casual look, or charcoal slacks to keep it more formal. You could also mix and match with some brown layers, such as a dark chocolate vest and a khaki blazer.

When should I wear it?

Showcasing a smart lavender and white stripes pattern, our Alibi will help you look your best no matter the occasion: whether you’re presenting for a captivated audience or celebrating success with after-work drinks.

Discover our Alibi and the true you. Or get started by finding your custom fit.

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The History Of Menswear Told Through NYPL’S Digital Collection: Part 5

Earlier this year the New York Public Library shared 180,000 prints, maps, manuscripts, and much more in a digital public domain collection for the very first time. In it, we unearthed menswear ads from over one hundred years ago. In this series, we explore them. Discover part five below, and find part one here, part two here, part three here, and part four here in case you missed them.

Selections from Macy’s Men’s Furnishing Department 1909.

Men's dress shirts

This print ad for men by Macy’s is nearly one hundred years old, but it feels quite similar to menswear ads today because it hits many themes that are still relevant to men’s fashion. Though, can you imagine selecting your shirt while only being able to see it in black and white?

Macy’s begins the ad with a peer pressure play: If they’re supplying thousands of fashionably dressed men, especially those in New York, you’re probably wondering what you’re missing out on. Then, in a new, but old, twist on free returns Macy’s ensures there’s truly not risk in trying a shirt by promising to “refund your money at once if you are not satisfied.” They’re also offering a special free shipping offer, which you can learn more about on their table of freight rates – which sounds a little intimidating if you ask us. Furthermore, can you imagine writing them via good old-fashioned mail to inquire about any good not depicted on the page, from their selection of “$5,000,000 worth of goods”? That would be quite a shock to those of us who have grown up in the convenience economy. What’s interesting is that they don’t include their address or a phone number on this particular page, so they’ve potentially made it a bit of a challenge to hunt down the goods you want.

Moving onto the products in the ad, Macy’s selection of white shirts feature banded collars, similar to our popovers, though the men shown have topped theirs off with club collars, such as the one on our Foxhall. Beyond that, Macy’s promises a perfect fit and a quality of workmanship equal to custom, with every shirt washed, shrunk, and hand ironed. So, a great fit, one that feels like it was made for you, has always been important. That’s why we designed our 12 new-to-world sizes, that make it quick and easy to find a shirt that feels just right.

While their shirts are made from linen, nearly all of our dress and casual shirts are 100% pure Egyptian cotton, but for a few cut from linen or linen-cotton blends. We source our cottons from all over the world, but predominantly Italy, India and Thailand. And, our fabric costs are the most expensive component of the overall cost of our dress shirts. In short, while many of the same themes are prevalent in menswear ads today, the final product itself has definitely improved.

What else do you find intriguing about this Macy’s ad?

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The Latrobe: Win Denim That Dares To Be Different

Meet a denim shirt that’s the least pretentious button-down you can own. It’s unassuming yet stylish with an underlying strength and wayward edge, and it could be yours! Just ensure you’re signed up for our email list to be entered to win. We’ll randomly select a winner by midnight ET on Monday, June 20, 2016 to celebrate the start of summer, and get in touch by email!

What’s to love about the Latrobe:

The Latrobe, named after the historic Latrobe Gate at the entrance of Navy Yard, features a washed button-down collar. You’ll find it’s buttery-soft and lightweight with a tailored fit that’s rare for a more utilitarian fabric. No stiffness or cliché adornments—just a rich indigo denim with workwear roots and discreet style. It features a single breast pocket, two back darts, and a light wash for an extra cozy finish. That means you can easily dress it up with a knit tie, layer it with a Henley, or wear it open over a Fitted Tee.

Why is everyone talking about our denim:

“Relaxed yet cool and sharp, Hugh & Crye’s version of the menswear staple is reminiscent of the military uniforms of yesteryear. With their careful execution and attention to details, they have created a classic that can be dressed up with a tie and slacks, or dressed down with khakis and desert boots,” writes Thomas Osam of KarmaLifee

So, subscribe to our email list below, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win our Latrobe. As a bonus you’ll be first to hear about new releases of our limited run collections, upcoming #GoodPeople events, what’s happening around DC, essential reads for lazy Saturday mornings, and more.

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#GoodPeople: DJ Saul

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Our customers are extraordinary people. Here are their stories.

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If CMO and Managing Director of ISL (iStrategyLabs) and aspiring semi-professional bocce player – next stop, Summer Olympics 2028 – DJ (it stands for Darien Jay) Saul could give a gift to anyone, he would buy a new cadillac for his Grandmother “Bubbe” just for being the boss that she is: a Cadillac specifically because…she already has one. That’s a pretty cool gift, from someone who has a pretty cool life philosophy: “Happiness is knowing how to manage your own expectations.”

DJ of ISL

When it comes to one of the things DJ is most afraid of not getting the chance to do, he shared that he really wants to participate in one of the bigger adventure races, such as the Mongol Rally, billed as “the greatest motoring adventure on the planet,” which starts in London and ends in Ulaanbaatar. And, he’s already taking a step in the right direction, because if he were to get a blue ribbon this week it would be for packing lightly for traveling.

Happiness is knowing how to manage your own expectations.

DJ’s most prized clothing item is a vintage Oregon Nike Track jacket. He grew up in Eugene, Oregon where Nike was invented, so it reminds him of his childhood. Exploring his youth further, it turns out DJ’s always been an enterprising young lad. One of his favorite early memories with his best friend was going to local sporting events, and offering concession-running services. “For an expected tip we’d go grab food and drinks for fans, and bring it to their seats. It worked great,” he exclaimed. Perhaps he was inspired by his heroes: his parents circa 1977. “They ran a whitewater rafting outfitters and kayak school while living in a treehouse,” he shared.

DJ of ISL

That might help explain why DJ most seems himself as an otter, if he had to pick a spirit animal; one in the water outdoors that works hard and plays hard, and most importantly, likes to hold hands. DJ also enjoys mentoring and advising those who seek and need help, and advice as much as possible – exercising one of his favorite quotes by Richard Bach: “You teach best what you most need to learn.”

You teach best what you most need to learn.

DJ and one of his newest friends were brought together by being the only two people on a larger group trip who liked hip hop music. Though when DJ dances when no one is watching, he plays Ace of Base’s All That She Wants. Beyond that, without fail he tunes into NPR daily.

On Sundays he watches soccer, catches up on some reading, gets some work done, and then cooks entirely too much food. Which explains his secret pleasure: “Watching Triple D (Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on Food Network), quite possibly the best worst show on TV,” he says. Speaking of food, the most delicious thing he put in his fridge recently was Girl Scout samoa cookies. Something he detests? Raisins in cookies. Which is OK by us; we’re team chocolate chip all the way too!

Get to know more about DJ, and keep in touch with him on Instagram.

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Red Pencil Striped Fitted Men's Dress Shirt

Hello Edition 7: Red Pencil Stripes For Forging Your Path

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 Grinell

Finally, a shirt that delivers classic style no matter the occasion. Our new Grinnell dress shirt is part of the Professionals collection inspired by liberal arts college towns in the United States.

What’s unique about this shirt?

Founded in 1846, and known for rigorous academics and a tradition of social responsibility, Grinnell encourages students to take ownership over their unique courses of study. Crafted to accompany you on your own path, our Grinnell features a unique red and white pencil stripes pattern, in our small button-down collar – a collegiate yet modern style. You’ll also enjoy a silky smooth 100s poplin fabric, and our signature convertible cuffs.

Why should I care?

The button-down collar is a classic, that has been worn by gentlemen from politicians to athletes for decades. It all began in the late 19th century, when polo players traditionally wore collared Oxford shirts on the field. As they rode their horses, their collars would flap in the wind. This interfered with their playing, and as a result some players sewed buttons onto their collars to keep them down and out of the way. Years later, our own button-down collar evolved after a tremendous amount of trial and error trying to find the right proportions. We landed on a medium sized collar that walks the line between modern and classic perfectly. It has just the right amount of interlining to have a perfect roll when worn casually or with a tie for a more prep inspired look.

How should I wear it?

This collar is generally considered a preppy, casual style, and there’s a bit of debate about whether or not you can wear it with a tie. But we think it can be easily dressed both up or down to suit you. Pair this shirt with a knit cardigan and dark slacks or denim, leaving the uppermost button of the collar open. Or for a more business oriented look, wear it with a plaid tie and a casual jacket or blazer such as the Seneca.

When should I wear it?

Its collegiate yet modern style makes it a perfect fit for wearing when catching rays field side, getting together with an old friend at a café, or meeting up with colleagues for a late night dinner. And, with July 4th quickly approaching, this is the shirt your wardrobe needs.

Discover the Grinnell, and always be prepared for what’s ahead. Or get started by finding your custom fit.

Discover other posts in our Hello? series here.

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Phil Swimming

Memorial Day Weekend Playlist

It’s the unofficial start of summer, and we’re excited to spend a long weekend with the people we love most. As Frank Bruni observes in The Myth of Quality Timethere’s simply no real substitute for physical presence. He elaborates, “We delude ourselves when we say otherwise, when we invoke and venerate ‘quality time,’ a shopworn phrase with a debatable promise: that we can plan instances of extraordinary candor, plot episodes of exquisite tenderness, engineer intimacy in an appointed hour.”

So, whether you’re heading to the beach, entertaining family and friends with a backyard barbecue, or biking around town, make sure you’re in good company, and in good style. Our Silo with the sleeves rolled up provides a sophisticated look without sacrificing comfort, making it a great fit for casual outdoor get togethers.

To enhance your experience all the more, we’ve created a new playlist of old classics and some of our recent favorites that embody summer fun. Just put on these tunes to unwind, treat yourself to that scoop of gelato you’ve been eying, and enjoy a few extra hours off the couch and free from the cubicle.

Find it on Spotify here.

Or play it here:

What’s your favorite weekend song right now?

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The History of Menswear Told Through NYPL’s Digital Collection: Part 4

Earlier this year the New York Public Library shared 180,000 prints, maps, manuscripts, and much more in a digital public domain collection for the very first time. In it, we unearthed menswear ads from over one hundred years ago. In this series, we explore them. Discover part four below, and find part one here, part two here, and part three here, in case you missed them.

Ballou’s Patented French Yoke Shirts 1865.

 

Better fitting men's shirts

This print advertisement from over two hundred years ago shows that fit – specifically a better fit – has always been something for which stylish men strive. Ballou Brothers’ diagram shows the points on the man’s body they’ve identified as being critical to obtaining a good fit; basically their fit philosophy, and it appears to have been patented. Because they’re very focused on the yoke, it doesn’t seem that they truly factor in the waist of the torso, unlike our 12 new-to-world sizes. Now, our Shirt House’s fit off the rack rivals them all, in any city!

The yoke of a dress shirt is the sort of triangular panel of fabric located towards the top of the back under the shirt collar, extending from shoulder blade to shoulder blade, that holds the shirt’s backing over the body. When made well, it’s the piece of the garment that acts as a hanger, and creates the crisp lines of the shirt’s backside. If created improperly, it can cause gathering of the fabric in the center of the back, which makes the back look pinched, and often cheapens the entire look of the dress shirt. There are two types of yokes: a one piece yoke is made from a single piece of fabric, and a split yoke such as Ballou Brothers’ is split down the middle and sewn together in the middle.

The other feature Ballou Brothers highlights in the ad is their quality. Quality is a word that’s easy and appealing to use because the definition is a bit murky; it can mean so many different things to people. Does quality mean it lasts a long time; does it mean it feels silky smooth to the touch; does it mean it’s made of only expensive materials; and so on. It’s interesting that they also let readers know their shirts are available for a lower price than their competitors, but don’t feel compelled to feature the price in the ad.

Another curious thing about the ad, is that within it Ballou Brothers mentions their own catalog, featuring drawings (not photos!), as being available to request for free. It seems that they’ve identified their catalog as being an important part of moving customers through their marketing funnel. And, they also do a good job reinforcing their legitimacy by mentioning their shirts are available at all the “principal dealers” throughout the U.S. That makes readers realize how big their operations are, and how many other people may have discovered them already. Though, they don’t list their own store hours, which might make it hard to stop by and shop if you’re commuting by horse and buggy.

What else do you find intriguing about this Ballou Brothers’ ad?

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#GoodPeople: Neil Dubey

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Ross Perot once said: “If you see a snake just kill it. Don’t appoint a committee on snakes.” Dual degree medical and business student at George Washington University School of Medicine and University of Cambridge Judge Business School, Neil Dubey, doesn’t endorse killing snakes, but he feels like this quote perfectly sums up his can-do attitude.

Neil a Hugh & Crye men's dress shirt customer

If Neil could give a gift to anyone, it would be SoulCycle classes to Michelle Obama. It has been his dream to tap it back with FLOTUS at West End SoulCycle.

Exercise has always been an important part of his life. One of Neil’s favorite early memories is spending hours bouncing around on a gigantic trampoline with his best friend, Rohan. “I could never do a flip, but I could get mad air,” Neil confessed.

I will be devastated if Hugh & Crye doesn’t design professional white coats for doctors. If I get stuck wearing a baggy one that doesn’t hug my torso, Pranav’s going to hear it from me.

The last time Neil smiled so big it hurt was Match Day 2016. Two of his closest friends from medical school matched into great local hospitals, which means more adventures in DC while he finishes his final year of medical school. Which led to him mentioning, “I will be devastated if Hugh & Crye doesn’t design professional white coats for doctors. If I get stuck wearing a baggy one that doesn’t hug my torso, Pranav’s going to hear it from me.”

Neil’s most prized clothing item is his H&C Denali. “That bad boy is so versatile. I can suit up in it, or wear it with the top two buttons unbuttoned with a pair of Levi’s,” said Neil.

If Neil were to get a blue ribbon this week, it would be for giving a TED talk, and surviving to tell about it. He was truly worried that he might not make it through.

Hugh & Crye blazer customer Neil

Luckily he did, so that we could find out which animal most represents him. Neil’s spirit animal is some sort of big cat, likely a cheetah. It’s only fitting then, that cheetah print was the pattern of a suit that he wore last week during an experience that brought him and some of his newest friends together. “A bunch of the lads in my MBA program bought tacky suits on EBay and rolled up to a formal event wearing them. We were brought together by mutual embarrassment, and danced like no one was watching,” explained Neil.

That led us to ask what Neil actually dances to when no one is watching. It turns out he’s most likely to be playing Work from Home by Fifth Harmony. “You ain’t gotta go to work, work, work, work…” except, you probably do. So we’ll let you get back to it.

Get to know more about Neil on his blog, and keep in touch with him on Twitter.

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Mother-Of-Pearl Buttons on a Fitted Men's Dress Shirt

Everything You Need To Know About Mother-of-Pearl Buttons

While buttons on dress shirts seem essential today, the earliest buttons on clothing consisted of a decorative flat face that fit into a loop, and were used singly as sartorial flourishes. Ian McNeil writes in An Encyclopedia of the History of Technology that “The button was originally used more as an ornament than as a fastening, the earliest known being found at Mohenjo-daro in the Indus Valley [now Pakistan]. It is made of a curved shell and about 5,000 years old.”

According to Slate’s Visual Button History, “The button became more prominent among the wealthy in the Middle Ages. ‘About the middle of the eleventh century,’ writes Carl Köhler in A History of Costume, ‘clothes began to be made so close-fitting that they followed the lines of the body from shoulders to hips like a glove.’ Buttons helped that snug fit along.

The medieval period was the era when wearing lots of buttons meant big money. Franco Jacassi, reputedly the world’s biggest button-collector, describes this as a time when you could pay off a debt by plucking a precious button from your suit. Italians still describe the rooms where powerful leaders meet as stanze dei bottoni, ‘rooms of the buttons.'”

Later, button-making was mercifully accelerated with the Industrial Revolution. During that time mother-of-pearl was still extremely rare, expensive to obtain, and reserved for royalty.

Mother-of-pearl buttons did not rise to popularity and become available to the masses until German-born button maker, John Fredrick Boepple immigrated to the United States, according to Burdastyle. “While automation had come to the button making process in Europe in the mid 1800s, the process of stamping buttons from shells required specialized, expensive machinery. Furthermore, the shells Boepple used had to be imported and were subject to an extremely high tariff. With his business failing, John Boepple brought his button stamping machinery to Muscatine, Iowa at a bend in the river where great amounts of fresh-water clams grew. Thanks to the mighty Mississippi, by 1900, Boepple expanded his operations to the point that he employed one third of the town of Muscatine, which became known as the ‘Pearl Button Capital of the World’.”

Today, we’re thrilled to include this luxurious detail on many of our dress shirts. Made from the inner layer of pearl oysters, our mother-of-pearl buttons have a beautiful depth of color, and are virtually indestructible. Furthermore, each button is the creation of a natural product and craftsmanship. After the right shell is selected based on its color, it is cut, sorted, and checked for quality. This is done by hand, before one of two techniques are used to make the holes; with a special tool or with a machine which employs as many as eight different tools at a time. Finally, the buttons are polished to a glossy or matte finish. Explore our selection of dress shirts featuring mother-of-pearl buttons here.

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