– Singer-songwriter-actor Lyle Lovett can add fashion designer to his list of talents this month as a line of Western shirts he created in collaboration with custom shirtmaker Hamilton rolls out to retail. We recently had a chance to chat with the Texan about the partnership, his sense of style and how constantly tweaking the details of his shirts eventually landed him a role as attorney Monte P. Flagman on AMC’s series “The Bridge.”
After a couple of years of ordering shirts, I started asking him if maybe they could change this or change that detail. I think my first change was the pocket flap. I thought the pocket flap was a little too deep. Then I thought the line on the pocket flap was a little too straight so I asked him if we could do a scallop. After fooling with me for a couple of orders, Ripps suggested I should go to Hamilton’s down in Houston and introduce myself.
So I’ve been ordering my shirts from them ever since, based on their Western dress shirt design with my little tweaks. I’d seem to change something with just about every order, so the shirts kind of just evolved over the years.
And back in January when I was in there ordering shirts, I said to David (Hamilton): “Do you think anyone else would like my (shirt) modifications?” And David said: “Yeah, well, maybe.” And I said: “Would you be willing to do a shirt with me, with my name on (it)?” And he said: “Yeah, that’d be fun.”
And it was as simple as that.
(Note: What Lovett didn’t realize at the time was that the show’s creator, Elwood Reid, had used him as the basis for one of the characters in the series – and that’s the part he got.)