Originally Posted by JulianL
Sorry for a brief diversion off the topic but you said in an earlier post "... O'Flynn but i need to find a cheaper alternative as i cannot afford to keep dishing out 180ish pounds for shirts." and also say in your most recent post ...
I assume that "SO" in the quote above also refers to Sean O'Flynn.
Maybe I'm mis-reading what you said about the fit and SO'F's attitude to it, but I read the above as maybe expressing some level of dissatisfaction with SO'F beyond just the price. Would I be correct?
I ask because I am looking for a shirtmaker in London (for casual shirts not business shirts) and Sean O'Flynn was on my shortlist to talk to. It sounds as if I should consider Chan as well but, living in London, local options are so convenient that I have some issues going with a visiting service especially when going for casual shirts where I might want to experiment with fabrics, collar shape, collar and cuff stiffness, etc.
Although I am prepared to pay £180 per shirt I certainly wouldn't be unhappy to find a cheaper quality option so I'd be very interested to hear what other london maker(s) you are considering.
i do indeed wish to find a cheaper alternative for work shirts. i do not mind to pay 180pounds for some of my shirt wardrobe...but for day-to-day shirts a heaper alternative would be nice.
as far as the O'Flynn experience, I think he has made me a well fitting shirt - certainly fits much better then any readty to wear shirt as you would expect. perhaps my shirt fits marvellously well and does not need any further adjustments – the truth is I do not have enough experience with bespoke to give an opinion. so, i am not dissatisfied with o'flynn..he is very nice to work with and I am pleased with my shirt.
However, after reading through many posts on SF – I stumbled upon Vox’s experience with Dege and Skinner. It seems his shirts have evolved from the first shirt to subsequent shirts. Its seems Dege is always taking measurements and looking to improve upon the fit. With Sean, like I said, he thinks the shirt looks great and needs no further adjustments – he may be absolutely correct. Unfotunately the only way I can be sure is by trying other shirtmakers and by not remaining faithful to any 1 shirtmaker.
I have seen threads of people having an A&S suit, Huntsman, etc and showing how they compare. I suppose that is the only way to judge who is the best tailor for an individuals body. I would like to try Charvet, Dege and Skinner, WW Chan, etc for shits – but for now I will stay with O’Flynn and try Chan, and perhaps look to try another London maker down the road..
EDIT: TO BE CLEAR: I am happy with O’Flynns shirts, I am just curious to see if I could have better results with other makes (although it is possible my O’’Flynn will be the best shirt I will ever have). I do not have the experience of some of the others on LL and SF – so I would encourage you to try O’Flynn and many other makers and let us know whom you feel produces the best shirt for you. I know Sean produces shirts for Huntsman, some PS customers and others so he is very well regarded among the industry