Hawes & Curtis and I have been teasing each other via the medium of twitter and Eastenders quotes for a while, it’s a brand I like and wear so when they said hey we’ll send you a couple of shirts to review I decided it was high time I got into this review thing. I’ve always said I will be absolutely honest with you readers so here goes . . . .
It is a label that sums up many of the things I love about fashion and the history of it, a heritage brand that understands the classic lines a shirt should have. I must say I was excited that they were going to fit in with me starting a new office job as well. (more on what this led to in a while)
They sent me two shirts, a simple white one, and a blue stripe, Top marks on the packaging chaps, as someone in the fashion retail biz on the side I’m aware that image is everything, and the boxing and packing really set the tone I’d expect from the label and the respect they have for their product by not slinging it in a poly bag and throwing it in a van.
Inside were the goodies for review. As a man who deals in vintage and second-hand, seam stitching is a big thing for me checking these instantly you can tell the quality, and the other hallmarks of detail, the red thread to set the buttons off, those little stick things to keep the collars perfect, oh and those collars stay nice and stiff without starching. Yeah some of us still starch things.
And now the big question, how does it wear, given the quality of the fabric is high I was concerned it may be a bit warm from its thicker nature, it’s not, it’s still light and breathable, the last couple of weeks were a good test in an office with no aircon. A side note, fabric quality is important, shirts should be light but not see through unless it’s an Oxford. I like to give things a proper road test before deciding on them, and I can tell you that after several washes and a brush with my bike and some mud its come up as good as new.
So there’s the review, you may have noticed the white one is missing, well what better review than 2 people have borrowed it for formal occasions, and I haven’t been able to wear it yet, but they loved it and what better review than having three separate people giving a shirt a yes vote. My advice is as I have been for a few years, head over to Hawes & Curtis and see what you like, they do both mens & womens, and have much more than shirts on the site and in the stores. H&C are a label we love as they fit that indy vibe whilst having a bucket load of heritage and history, a great mix.
Right I’m off to eat Ice Lollys and enjoy the sun, turns out this review thing was easier than i thought.
*oh and as if I was going to let you know who I am, I remain fashions most secret of squirrels, I do this because I love it, and like to be in the shadows so my reviews are as a normal customer would see.