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Made in Houston: 131-year-old shirt company honored in national Cotton Makers series

Made in Houston: Shirt company honored in Cotton Makers series

It’s the touch, the feel and the fabric of Hamilton Shirts that made the Houston-based company worthy of inclusion in a nationwide "Cotton Makers" series. Hamilton was selected through a partnership with Hearst Corp. and Cotton Inc. to highlight companies that use cotton exclusively in their clothing. 

The longtime custom dress shirt business was selected by Esquire magazine as one of 25 American companies to be featured by the partnership with two other Hearst magazines, Marie Claire and Elle Décor

 "I really can't think of anything else that I would be doing if I wasn't making shirts," Kelly Hamilton says.  

“We care so much about our shirts because it’s a reflection of our family and the legacy that they have passed down to us for 131 years,” co-owner David Hamilton says in a video that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the workshop.

David and his sister, Kelly, run the company that was founded in 1883 by their great-grandfather. The company has kept its roots in Houston, selling shirts to top retailers across the nation. "I really can't think of anything else that I would be doing if I wasn't making shirts," Kelly Hamilton says.

As mentioned in the video, each made-in-Houston shirt is handcut and sewn in a workshop on Richmond Avenue. The shirts are made from the finest Italian cotton from an individual pattern for each customer. High-quality cotton and hand-cut design make this brand of shirts unique and durable.

Also featured in the Cotton Makers series is Biscuit Home, a colorful boutique in the Montrose area that will be profiled in a future CultureMap story.

David Hamilton and Kelly Hamilton coowners of Hamilton Shirts
David Hamilton and Kelly Hamilton. Courtesy photo