Pros: Stylish shirts that easily make the transition from the office to the course. They’re 65 percent Pima cotton, which makes them plenty soft, but also 35 percent polyester, which keeps them looking good.
Cons: At between $80 and $90 a shirt, they’re not inexpensive. Some golfers will love their hip vibe; others won’t. They’re also not the best at wicking moisture.
The Bottom Line: Even if they’re not on the course, golfers won’t feel out of place in a Devereux golf shirt. They’ll fit most golfers, look very sharp, wash well and are available in enough styles and colors to please even the pickiest fashionistas.
The Devereux brand was created out of desperation. Brothers Robert and William Brunner were avid golfers looking for shirts they could confidently wear both on and off the course. When they came back empty handed, they decided to start their own brand.
Robert Brunner, the company’s creative director, said that he and his brother did their homework before they started their company in 2013. That meant looking through the styles of some of the best-dressed golfers of all time — Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer are their favorites — as well as modern-day golf fashion heroes such as Adam Scott, Graeme McDowell and Ryo Ishikawa.
Devereux’s “William” shirt ($85) in white/claret. The company’s fall line also includes pants.
It also meant finding the right materials and manufacturing. Each of Devereux’s shirts are made from 65 percent Pima cotton and 35 percent polyester, and the company knits all its shirts itself. That gives the company control over the tiny details that Brunner said sets his shirts apart from other brands.
Looking for more information on the company’s products and pricing? You can check out its fall collection here. Otherwise, read on.
For this review, I was sent five shirts from Devereux’s Spring and Fall collections, which I’ve spent the summer wearing to the office, to the course… well, just about everywhere.
I was quite worried about the fit of the shirts before I received them. Devereux seemed like a fashion-first brand, and phrases such as “fashionable hip” that I found on the company’s website are often synonymous with “for skinny guys only.” I was relieved to find, however, that Brunner’s promise that the shirts were “a tad bit bigger in the shoulders, a little longer from top to bottom and not too form fitting” was on point.
I usually take an XL in my golf shirts, and each of the Devereux shirts fit well in that size. What I liked most about the shirts I was sent — the Windsor (white/sea green/steel), the Brunner (sea green), the Welch (white/steel/coral), the Matthew (navy/white/coral) and the Oliver (navy/white) — was that they were different looking enough to be worn on back-to-back days, yet they each maintained the high-end look, feel and drape that I anticipate will become synonymous with the Devereux brand.
Golfers, by nature, are into the details of things, and each Deverux shirt offers something special in the way of its design. My favorite shirt, the Welch, has a subtle steel-colored stripe that’s accented with a coral-colored pocket. That pocket is cut at an angle that gives the shirt a special character, as well. It also has a button collar, which gives it a trim, sophisticated feel.
Brunner told me that a lot of stitching goes into the pockets and other parts of the shirt, and I have to believe him. After several washes, the pockets and collars have held their shape, which is a testament to the company’s materials and manufacturing techniques.
Devereux’s fall collection, which was recently released, moves from the brighter colors of the spring collection to more subdued fall tones such as navy, evergreen, caviar and claret, to name a few. Golfers should expect the same fit, feel and durability with looks that keeps better with the coming fall season.
But how are they on the course?
Performance-minded golfers shouldn’t fret the way Devereux shirts will play on the course, although on extremely hot days they might want to opt for a shirt that has a moisture-wicking system in place. These shirts will shine in perfect golf weather — 65-to-80 degrees — giving golfers all of the range of motion they need and a plush feel that I swear makes my swing feel more connected. Maybe that’s just me, though.
I’m 6-feet tall, and had no problems with the Devereux shirts untucking, even while machine-gunning balls on the range. That’s what I love about good cotton/polyester blends; unless it’s really, really hot outside, they do an excellent job of staying in place on the course and looking neat off it.
Not every golfer is interested in spending $80-to-$90 on a shirt that’s not endorsed by a top-10 professional, but if that’s what you’re after Devereux’s probably not for you.
Golf fashion has moved very far away from the clothes that were worn by golf greats such as Snead, Hogan and Palmer, and for good reason. Those clothes were heavy, uncomfortable and a nightmare to keep wrinkle-free, which is why they’ve been replaced with today’s athlete-inspired apparel.
Devereux did an excellent job of creating shirts that emit much of the class of golf’s past with materials that help its clothes perform significantly better.