Care Instructions

All Hugh & Crye shirts are made of 100% cotton and should be cared for as a living, natural garment. In our experience, the best way to keep your shirts as fresh and crisp as the day that you got them is a cold wash, hang dry and iron.

1. Go ahead and throw your shirts in the washing machine with a mild detergent on a cold cycle, making sure to wash similar colors together. (You can wash the whites on warm).

2. Once washed, hang the shirts up to dry, in your closet, the bathroom or outside--wherever you have space really. Do this as quickly as possible to prevent the shirts becoming musty.

3. The best time to iron is when the shirts are still slightly damp. Take a cool iron to them and they will look brand new. If the shirts have dried up a bit, use a hotter iron with steam. Particularly tough creases may need a spray of water to release them.

Ironing Dress Shirts

Ironing dress shirts. It's a guy's retort to “child birth" in the competitive gender-based onesupmanship of Who Has It Worse (ok, maybe not). Still, ironing your shirts is a pervasive fact of life. Even those formaldehyde-soaked death shrouds we warned you about – despite the “non-iron" label - need pretty regular touching up. But ironing does not have to be a total chore, and no, you do not have to suck at it.

A few tips quick tips:

There two types of ironers. One type irons them for the week on a Sunday afternoon, the other incorporates ironing into his morning routine. Peace of mind through daily ironing – who knew?

Whatever hardware you use and whenever you choose to iron, a couple more tips will serve you well:

Why Our Shirts Aren't Wrinkle Free

Ok, perhaps that title is somewhat hyperbolic. But it contains an element of truth.

We get it. Ironing is a drag and getting your shirts pressed by the dry cleaner is expensive. There is perhaps no worse feeling than rolling out of bed, late for work, with nothing but wrinkled shirts to choose from. "Non-iron" or “wrinkle-free" shirts are convenient.

But, convenience always has a cost. Your button-down's state of permanent crispness is achieved by applying a thin film of a chemical compound composed of one part carbon, two parts hydrogen, and one part oxygen, more commonly known as formaldehyde. That's right, the same stuff embalmers used to keep grandma looking so fresh and so clean long after her expiration date and Young Frankenstein used to keep his experimental brains preserved is rubbing up against your precious skin every time you wear a non-iron shirt.

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen – hence the post title. In addition to its cancer causing potential, it can also cause “burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing; wheezing; nausea; and skin irritation."

At Hugh & Crye, we're not just obsessed with creating shirts that fit. We are 100% dedicated to not killing our customers. It's just a matter of principle, and it's why we don't sell non-iron shirts.

Ironing sucks, but cancer sucks infinitely harder. The next time you're smoothing out the wrinkles of your gently rumpled H&C shirt, just think: spend 10 minutes ironing now and add years to your life later.