Few clothiers recognize that man's body doesn't conform to predictable dimensions: although Butterbean and Manute Bol are both "extra large", their bodies are very different, resulting from Bean eating the African villages that Manute couldn't save first. For a tailoring duo battling against "ill fitting ready-made shirts", check out Hugh & Crye.
Believing that traditional sizing systems don't adequately reflect men's torsonic variations, DC-based H&C crafts high-quality dress shirts in six unique, more-accurate measurements (from "short lean" to "tall broad") arrived at after a careful study of ~400 of their friends' body types, a stat they tout to display their thoroughness, and just how popular they are. Aforementioned sizes come in the medium-weight twill, rounded-collar, aptly-named "Blue Monday", the math teacher-inspired "Quadrille" in pink micro-check with a small button-down collar, and the tall spread collar "Brummell's Preferred", described as the "perfect blank slate to build your own style", meaning it's off to the cape store for you. Gentlemanly boldness comes by way of the baby blue/white gingham "Carolina", the broad navy/white banker-striped "33rd and M", the lighter "Happy" in "rich pink herringbone", and the cutaway collar, 140-thread count Egyptian cotton "Plum Adventure", also the game that made people finally say "You know what? TurboGrafx-16 sucks."
Though their retail site's currently still private/locked, H&C's giving Thrillist readers special early access to the gear before their official May launch -- meaning you'll be the biggest Bol-er on your block, at least for a hot Manute.
Published: April 8, 2010 at 4:00am EDT
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