Sometimes we simply stumble across products we haven’t heard of that we get really excited to cover. Criquet is one of those companies.
We’ve seen some promising clothing companies start to emerge lately and Criquet has become one of my favorites. Criquet doesn’t overwhelm you with choices or offer an extensive lineup of choices – but they do make a couple of styles of incredibly kick-ass shirts.
Although I’ve probably sampled every type of performance fabric on the market today and I think that performance have their place, I also deeply appreciate the simplicity and comfort of a great cotton shirt. We’ve seen a re-emergence of cotton by the up-and-coming companies in the golf world and the back-to-basics approach seems to be gaining momentum. While cotton will likely never be my go-to choice for 100+ temps and the 100% humidity we see here during Summer in North Carolina – there are plenty of opportunities to sport good high-quality cotton both on the course and around town.
Although I have enjoyed the cotton pieces coming out of some of the newer golf clothing companies, Criquet has put together the most notable shirts I’ve seen in quite some time. Criquet also gets a huge plus for using organic cotton. My everyday wear is dominated by Patagonia gear due to their dedication to creating sustainable and high-quality clothing and Criquet is the only company that I’ve deemed worthy of hanging beside my beloved Patagonia gear.
I also think the “Country Club Tested. Farmer’s Market Approved.” slogan might be the best I’ve heard. These shirts have the perfect combination of socially conscious, southern preppy, classical elegance, and quality construction that I’ve seen. They are simply great and stylish shirts.
I highly encourage you to take a look at the Criquet About Us page on their site. This company and their story has certainly won me over with their dedication to the quest to find the perfect polo – and honestly I’m not sure how they’ll improve on what they’ve created so far.
I tried out two of the three styles of shirts offered – the Players Shirt and the Thin Stripe Players Shirt. Both of these shirts have a nearly identical fit with a few differences in their styling. Both shirts are 100% organic cotton and both shirts have identical sizing. I wear a Medium in most golf shirts (and in Patagonia shirts as well) and Medium was a perfect size for both of these shirts for a moderately loose and relaxed fit.
The only noticeable difference in the shirts is the pocket style. The Players Shirt has a flap pocket (with a nice stash slit at the top perfect for a tee) while the Thin Stripe Players Shirt lacks the flap and has an open-top chest pocket. Both shirts are a perfect medium weight and have a 4-button placket with a traditional collar. Both of these shirts have an understated retro feel and top-quality construction.
Both shirts live in a category that is perfectly at home at the golf course, hanging out around town, or putting under a blazer. One style and an incredibly versatile set of options for where and how you choose to wear them.
Keep your eye on this company, they feel like they’re well on their way to doing some great things. This is the type of company that does an incredible job of standing out from the pack with both their personality and a well-made and designed product. Simply put – these guys and their products are fresh.
If you’d like to see more photos of the shirts that were reviewed in this article, you can check out our Criquet Shirts Photo Album on our Facebook page.