I am always a sucker for anything old-school prep, so it was vintage love at first sight when I laid eyes on a Criquet Shirt a few years ago. They are super soft, available in an array of fun colors and remind me of a cool version of the golf shirts my dad rocked on the course in the 70s. And, I got even more excited about the brand when I met the cute dads and all around nice guys behind the line. Hobson Brown and Billy Nachman are old boarding school pals and launched their company from Austin in 2010. Things are taking off — they have expanded Criquet to include short and long sleeve button downs, a boys line, hats/visors and they have a cool storefront on South First Street, fittingly called “The Criquet Clubhouse.” We knew they were just the fellas to ask to curate our Father’s Day gift guide. I think I will go with one of the La Matera belts for my guy…we would love to hear your ideas for creative Dad’s Day gifts in the comments below!
*featured image by paige newton
Criquet Shirts’ co-owner, Hobson Brown, is pictured with his adorable sons Hayward and Hugh, who is of course wearing a Criquet Junior shirt.
“Uturn Audio Orbit Plus Turntable — Supposedly this turntable sounds great…but, I just think it looks super cool and fun, especially the blue one.”
“Nothing says summer like a fresh pair of flip flops and Hari Maris are my go-to’s. Classic style and super comfortable, plus the company was started by two awesome dudes from Dallas. If your man’s flops could use an upgrade, look no further. I especially love my Scouts.”
“Our super soft vintage-style golf shirts are staples in our wardrobes, but my new favorite shirt for this time of year is our Short Sleeve Button Downs w/ Snap Pocket. The 100% organic cotton breathes like linen, without the hassle of actually having to care for linen. We’ve added a snap pocket for functionality and as a nod to our Austin home.”
Billy, an architect by trade, wears Criquet’s original design, The Players Shirt in Mr. Pink.
“A belt…really? Kind of boring you might say, but La Matera makes belts that are anything but. Using imported Argentinian woven fabric and vegetable-tanned cognac leather, these belts are both rugged and elegant, and what man does not like that combo. Dress it up with slacks and a button down, or go more casual with jeans and a t-shirt…The Diplomatico is very diplomatic. ”
“Hudson and Sutler makes great bags…thoughtfully detailed, classically styled and perfectly sized for whatever the outing may be. The Yorktown Garment Bag, featuring an 18 oz, durable canvas shell and silver nickel hardware, is the perfect commuter/ leisure bag for the dad who hates wrinkles and loves his country.”
“Whether your dad or husband likes to hunt, fish, or have the coldest beer at the tailgate, nothing inspires more envy than the cadillac of coolers. Yeti coolers will not only keep your ice icy, but with its unparalleled durability, will stand up to the curious Sasquatch (or more curious backyard bbq mishaps). I own both the smaller Roadie 20 and the larger Tundra 45, but my next purchase will be the newest (and smallest) Yeti “cooler”, the stainless steel Rambler Tumbler.”