This question came in a couple of months ago from a reader who was visiting a Ritz Carlton in Florida with her husband and they had forgotten to pack his undershirts. So, they did what any practical person would do — they visited the apparel shop that was in the lobby of the hotel. Well, they were so impressed with the undershirts, they wanted to buy more but could not find them. So, they contacted me. Here’s the email exchange:
My husband and I stayed at a Ritz Carlton for a wedding recently. Because we forgot to pack his undershirts we had to visit the apparel shop in the lobby. It was a higher end type place as you might expect — and the tshirts we purchased fit the bill — both in terms of price and quality. The tags read Hawkchurch and Tyne; they are white round-color undershirts and feel like fine-apparel. They amazed us both so much we started to look online to buy more. Unfortunately we can’t locate them anywhere. Do you know anything about them? Or would you recommend alternative fine-apparel similars?
Email #2 (responding to a couple questions I had about location of the hotel and fabric content of the undershirt)
Hi, sorry for the long delay — busy, busy!
The tags read “Hawkchurch and Tyne”; they are white round-color undershirts and feel like fine-apparel. There is no other info on the label other than Made in Hong Kong and washing in warm water.
The Ritz was in Naples, FL (they have two — not the golf course one). It was expensive, say over $25 for one.
Again, thanks for the help!
Well, after a little digging, I was successful in finding the company that manufactures these undershirts. I contacted the headquarters, and heard back from one of the head people there who manages the Hawkchurch & Tyne brand label! Here’s what I found out and sent back to the reader:
so I did some research and found that label is a subsidiary of Threadtex, inc. out of new york. they have several different fabric/apparel brands including hawkchurch & tyne, silex, ttx, and zephirlene.
I was able to track down a main contact at threadtex h.q. and learned that the Hawkchurch & Tyne undershirts are made from a high-end, uber soft giza cotton from egypt. it’s supposed to be the softest kind of cotton available, more comfortable than sea island cotton, and is available exclusively in their H & T branded undershirts. no wonder you’re trying to track down these undershirts — they sound amazing!
while the manufacturer does not sell direct, I have some good news for you! if you’re interested in special ordering the H & T undershirts (retailing for around $37.50 each), the manufacturer said that you should be able to order some of those undershirts by contacting the John Craig Stores headquarters in Winterpark, FL. If you go to their contact page, you’ll find a list of email addresses and telephone numbers that you can use to reach them. it’s their store you went to at the ritz carlton in naples, fl.
also, the person I spoke to at threadtex is sending me a sample to try out as well, so I’ll be able to review it and share information about it on the site and tell the whole world about these (what seem to be amazing) undershirts!
I’m going to turn this email exchange into an “ask tug” post for the site. hopefully I’ll can track down a picture of the shirt for the artilce. if not, I’ll take one when I get the sample from threadtex.
keep me posted and let me know if you’re able to order the undershirts from john craig. glad I was able to find you the answer!
So, the nice folks over at Threadtex were kind enough to send me a medium v-neck undershirt to try out and let me tell you, the egyptian giza cotton feels oooh so very nice on the skin and the cut and fit is very nice for a box cut undershirt. In addition, I have not seen this very often, but this fine men’s undershirt has raglan sleeves in place of traditional sleeves. Also, the whole undershirt is flat-seam stitched, which is nice added touch. Not that they are any better or worse than regular sleeves, but just worth mentioning. H&T offers crew neck (HT-2230) and v-neck (HT-2231) style undershirts as well as various style of underwear made from the same soft giza cotton.
I’ll be doing an undershirt review on this guy sometime soon, but if you’re looking for a very nice, very soft, regular fitting (not form fitting) undershirt, and $37.50 per undershirt is not out of your budget, you should definitely contact John Craig Stores and order yourself some of the Hawkchurch & Tyne fine men’s undershirts.
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