I while back when the first Meinelt Fashion thread came up I ordered a shirt from them, so here is my amateur review of the shirt. Customer Service and Ordering: The ordering process went really well and there customer service is pretty great. They answer e-mails relatively quickly (usually within a few hours) and there is even a live chat feature on their webpage (which I didn't try to use). The order form is pretty simple, and it's pretty cool because you can even upload a picture of yourself right to the website, which other sites don't seem to have. Grade: A Fit: I measured myself and the fit is pretty good. I used the same measurements that I use on almost all of the other websites. I also asked for high armholes, which they did and the shirt feels great. The collar is a little bit tighter than most other shirts that I've ordered with the same collar style. Grade: B/B+ Fabric: The fabric that I ordered was the "100% Italian Cotton." The feel of the fabric is rougher than my Chan shirts (which are 2/100s) and therefore the shirt doesn't "drape" as well and looks kind of stiff. This leads me to believe that the fabric isn't that great, which is the reason for the low price. However, given the low price, you can't really expect super high quality fabric. Grade: C+ (not considering price), B+ (considering price). Buttons: As you may recall, I asked them for MOP buttons and they said that they don't have them and they will be using "Pearl Buttons." The buttons are a bright white color (whiter than MOP) and have a "marble" kind of look to them (that's the best way I can describe it). I don't really know what I got, but I know that it's not nearly as good as MOP. Grade: C Construction: The construction is pretty good. It has single needle stitching (about 16 stitches per inch). The collar is nice, it has a stiffer feel to it, but it's not cardboardy or anything. The pattern matching is pretty good. They matched the pattern on the yoke with the sleeve (and they did a pretty good job considering I got a small check pattern). Also, the pattern matching is pretty good on the front placket and the sleeve placket. Grade: A. Overall: I'm pretty satisfied overall considering the price. I definitely think I'm going to order a couple more shirts from them as my "workhorse" shirts. This is the type of shirt that you wear when you know that you might need to roll your sleeves up and do some nitty-gritty (it'd be perfect to wear while doing document review). Overall: B+ considering the price.
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5/11/05 at 7:06pm