This is a review for Ash & Erie (formerly called Ash & Anvil), a clothing brand for shorter men.
I first heard about Ash & Erie back in March 2015 when its founders were running a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.
If you were following The Modest Man back then, you might remember the YouTube video where I contributed to their Indiegogo campaign.
That was before I got to know the founders or tried on their products, and to be honest, I had no idea if they’d actually get funded and start making clothes.
Well they did get funded, and they launched their first product – the Everyday Shirt – in November 2015.
In this review, I’ll talk about the brand and share my thoughts about their shirts.
About Ash & Erie
Ash & Erie is based out of Detroit, Michigan, and it was founded by two men of modest height who were sick of buying oversized, ill-fitting clothes.
Eric Huang (5’8″) and Steven Mazur (5’6″) are regular guys, not style gurus or fashion industry veterans.
They saw an opportunity to create an apparel brand for shorter men that focused on wardrobe staples at affordable price points.
They ran an Indiegogo campaign to jumpstart their business and have since grown to offer jeans, button up shirts and dress shirts.
The Everyday Shirt
It’s a casual button up shirt (often called a “button down”) that’s designed specifically for shorter guys.
This means it has a shorter body length and sleeve length, as well as scaled down details (smaller placket, collar and cuffs).
These shirts have a modern fit, which means they’re just a bit slimmer than “regular fit” button downs. Granted, terms like “slim” and “modern” vary widely from one brand to the next.
A&E shirts are made from pre-shrunk cotton, although I’m not sure where the fabric is from.
Right now, the Ash & Erie Everyday Shirt is available in six different sizes and a variety of colors and patterns.
Ash & Erie Everyday Shirt Review
I actually tried on a prototype of this shirt back in 2015 after Ash & Erie’s initial production run.
While the body and sleeve length was good, I thought the shirt was a little too roomy for my relatively thin frame.
After getting feedback on the initial fit and doing a ton of research on button up shirts from popular brands, Steven and Eric tweaked the fit of their Everyday Shirts, and they seem to fit well on certain builds.
For example, here’s some feedback from two guys in the Modest Men Facebook group who bought an Ash & Erie shirt:
Here’s how the shirts look on me (just under 5’6″ and about 120 lbs):
As you can see, it fits better than most off the rack shirts, but it’s not perfect. The length is good for wearing untucked, and it’s cut pretty straight through the torso. The shoulders are a touch wide for my build.
The shirt is a bit roomy through the body and sleeves. It’s not “baggy” or anything, but I’m a thin guy and prefer a slimmer fit shirt.
I like the color of this shirt. It’s a cool, textured grey that works well with lots of stuff I already own.
The hem of this shirt is just slightly rounded – not perfectly straight like a t-shirt or extremely round like a dress shirt. It works for a casual, untucked look.
Ash & Erie also sent me a navy start print shirt and a light blue OCBD (which I wore in the Anson belt review video).
I’m not a huge fan of their prints, but I do like the solid grey and blue options.
If you think the Ash & Erie Everyday Shirts might be a good fit for you, I think you should give them a shot, especially if you’re in the U.S. (since shipping and returns are free).