A few months ago, I came across an article about a company that makes shirts for men who are 5'2" to 5'8", called Ash & Erie (formally Ash & Anvil), which I mentioned in a previous blog about niche fashion. They had a sale during the holiday season, so I decided to buy a shirt for my brother. I was originally going to buy the Blue Dotted Everyday Shirt, but it was out of stock in his size. Instead, I purchased the Maroon Flecked Everyday Shirt in a size small, which was a better choice because my brother really likes red and the material is more lightweight than the Blue Dotted shirt (he lives in a warm climate). I had to guess his size, but I guessed right. The fact that we have been the same height and size (except I have boobs and hips) for most of our adult lives makes it easier.
The shipping was fast and the shirt arrived in a nice box with the Ash & Erie logo. When my brother tried on the shirt, I was initially taken aback because it looked too short. Then I realized that that's how a shirt is supposed to fit. I was so accustomed to seeing him wear over-sized shirts that they looked normal to me. My brother is 5'7" and 145 lbs and, as you can see from the photos, the sleeves and torso are the right length. The shoulders are a bit too wide, but he might just have narrow shoulders like his sister.
In terms of the shirt itself, I liked that the buttons had "Ash & Erie" emblazoned on them - a very cute detail. Also, I liked the fabric. The Maroon Flecked Everyday Shirt is 100% pre-shrunk cotton, but has a linen look to it - lightweight and airy. I could definitely see my brother wearing it on a cool night at the beach.
He liked the shirt, I liked the shirt, and our parents liked the shirt. Overall, I'd say it's a win :-)