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post #1 of 19
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I have heard people talk about a place in Hong Kong where you can get fairly inexpensive custom shirts by mail. Does anybody have a recommendation of places in the US where you can order comparable quality?
post #2 of 19
Carl at CEGO I guess would be the obvious forumite answer. Prices about double Jantzen IIRC.
post #3 of 19
Carl's prices run $80-$150, CEGO.com. Has gotten nothing but stellar reviews. I plan on making a purchase from him next time I'm home.

Tom
post #4 of 19
I don't think Carl (CEGO owner) does mail order shirts, though. He's based in New York.

You could also use W.W. Chan (http://www.wwchan.com/) a favorite of many board members for suits. Their shirts are well made and around $120 each. They visit the US to take orders.
post #5 of 19
Plus, if one is actually in NYC, you can visit and be measured by a pro, rather than rely on self measurement. I also plan on visiting Carl at some point this year.
post #6 of 19
Ripley Custom Shirts based in Dallas Texas offers US made custom
shirts by mail. They were doing this long before the Internet.
They send you fabric samples and a self measure order form.

If you want US made by mail, Ripley is an option.
Lands End offers made to measure, but I believe the shirts
are made offshore.

http://ripleyshirts.com/

Shirtcreations is another made in USA mailorder custom shirt source.
They are quite expensive, however.

http://shirtcreations.com/
post #7 of 19
I don't think you will be able to match the quality/price anywhere onshore. You might approximate the same quality at two or three times the price. Apart from his (slightly?) disorganized manner, Jantzen generally gets really good marks from his customers, both on this forum and on AAAC.
post #8 of 19
People put up with the self-measurment and screw ups the first couple shirts with Jantzen because it is cheap enough not to hurt.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by whoopee
People put up with the self-measurment and screw ups the first couple shirts with Jantzen because it is cheap enough not to hurt.
I think people really need to keep the whole self-measuring bit in perspective.
For most Jantzen customers, the comparison starts with OTR shirts. My experience as an example:

Current shirt: Joseph Abboud, $90. Fit score: 20/100
1st Jantzen: $43. Fit score 90/100
2nd Jantzen: $43. Fit score 95/100
3rd Jantzen: $43. Expected fit score 97/100

The perfect shirt for me would have about 1/2" more slope in the shoulder. I'm afraid to mess with it though, in fear I would take a shirt with a fit of 97% perfect, and turn it into one with a score of 70%.

As always - your experience may vary. The Abboud, the 1st Jantzen order, and the 2nd Jantzen order are in sequence below.
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post #10 of 19
Hrm. My first MTM shirt came out perfect... but some of you might say differently.
post #11 of 19
None of those shirts are close to the fit (trim) I would demand from a custom shirt. But it is always important to have realistic expectations and a good idea of what one wants. If that's a 97 for you, then I think Jantzen certainly serves you well and you should be able to get an even better shirt the next time.

My earlier point was that, doing these trials blindly with shirts that cost >$100 is different from the Jantzen experience. And most shirtmakers in the West will politely decline. After all their best advertisements are on the clients' backs.
post #12 of 19
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Carl's prices run $80-$150, CEGO.com. Has gotten nothing but stellar reviews.

I guess the search function doesn't lead to my old posts on this.
post #13 of 19
Carl is excellent. The top end price can get much higher because Carl has some absolutely amazing fabrics.
post #14 of 19
I would try Land's End Custom, I like their materials and their shirts fit me perfectly.

I like Jantzen but there are just too many things that make the process difficult.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by whoopee
None of those shirts are close to the fit (trim) I would demand from a custom shirt. But it is always important to have realistic expectations and a good idea of what one wants. If that's a 97 for you, then I think Jantzen certainly serves you well and you should be able to get an even better shirt the next time.

This was my first Jantzen, after a long day's wear. It was all self-measurement. (It actually looks better than in the pic, which was shot from below using a shoddy webcam.)

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