This job, this writing about men’s style thing, can be a pretty sweet gig sometimes. At the very least, it provides an outlet for the constant urge to write, but the best thing is that it connects me to great small companies that are run by people passionate about making amazing stuff. One such company is Criquet out of Austin, Texas.
Criquet first appeared in this column back in August of 2013 which shall henceforth be known as the year I inexplicably became obsessed with polo shirts. If you read the review, you would know that Criquet makes some seriously great polo shirts, so when Billy Nachman, one of the founders of Criquet, let me know that they were going to be making button down shirts, I couldn’t wait to check them out. Simply stated, if Criquet button downs were even half as good as their polo shirts, they would have a winner on their hands.
In much the same way that Criquet has rescued the polo shirt from generic ubiquity and transformed it into something special, something you actually have a jones for and really want to wear, their approach to styling a button down “dress” shirt has produced something equally as desirable. The differences between the Criquet Button Down shirt and all the others out there are admittedly subtle, but it’s the little differences that make them exceptional.In just a few short years, Criquet Shirts have gone from an idea shared between two friends to finding their niche.
The Criquet Button Downs, like their polos, have a somewhat vintage air about them, with a hand more like a soft cotton flour sack (believe me, it’s a compliment), than a high thread count broadcloth. This lack of sheen and visible texture give the the shirt a more laissez faire look while still coming across as a dress shirt. Whether it’s the work week or the weekend, the Criquet Button Down will look right at home.
Available in long and short sleeve, with snap pocket (style points!!!) or button, and in a variety of stripes and checks, as well as solid white, and will set you back $78 for the short sleeve and $85 for the long. Do yourself a favor and take a peek at the size configurator prior to ordering. At 6’ 2”, 235#, the fit of their XL is like it was tailor-made for me, which is something I can’t say about a lot of shirts in that size. For more information about Criquet Shirts or to make a purchase, click here.
**Full disclosure: These shirts were provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be unsound.