Originally Posted by Looking to improve
Then... nearby Oger in Amsterdam is a store called Pauw Mannen
. They offer 'true' Finamore m-t-m (i.e. Finamore's own m-t-m-program, rather than wat they make for Oger.) as well as some other brands. According to a post on the Dutch styleforum Barba and Attolini are amongst those. Prices according to that post are Barba on average â‚¬ 185,=; Finamore on average â‚¬ 275,=; and Attolini on average â‚¬ 375,=. I don't now anything about minimum order size at Pauw, but for m-t-m I think you could just order one to start with...
I ordered my first MTM shirt a couple of weeks ago at Pauw---a Barba, for â‚¬ 190---and I'm still waiting for it arrive (6-8 weeks was the estimate so I still have a month or so to wait). So you can indeed order just one.
One thing, though: I was actually rather surprised at how casual the measurement process was. This was my first time ordering MTM anything, and even though I know that, in principle, MTM is about finding a RTW model that fits pretty well and then figuring out what to change, I still somehow expected a full set of measurements to be taken. Instead, though, I just tried on a Barba off the rack in 39 (my normal size), and the salesperson noted that I could probably take a cm or so out of the upper back and then measured the sleeve length (from the sleeve head). I was already impressed at the fit (most of my shirts were bought in the U.S. and as a rule, way too big in the body), so I didn't even think to ask for more measurements.
Later, though, while I was looking through the swatch books, he brought over a Finamore in 38 for me to try on, and actually, it fit even better (except, of course, that the collar was too small). So I figured I should probably try a Barba in 38, just to see, and it was just as good. So he measured the sleeve length again, and that was that: the body of a 38, a 39cm collar, and 62cm sleeves, with a 1cm allowance in the left cuff for a watch.
Now, I imagine I'll be perfectly happy with the shirt, but I'm left wondering whether this is a normal experience for MTM, or if it was just the salesperson or the shop or the fact that it's a shirt and not a suit or something else. I'm contemplating ordering an MTM suit at some point, and since Pauw carries Caruso (right at the price point I'd be looking at), it'd be convenient to order it there, but I'd like to be sure that the measurement was done more carefully.
Anyhow, I'm sorry to hijack the thread (and with my first post, at that). Good luck looking for shirts.