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post #16 of 55
I do apologise for overstating the case - yes you definitely can do better when it comes to shirts. Janine Georgenti has very good shirts if you take a look. Very good shirts. Follow this link and have a look. http://www.bestcustomshirt.com/mp.asp?Pg=Fab.asp?Pr=
post #17 of 55
Interesting. I've never heard of this maker before. What's the advantage over Jantzen? The all-cottons start at twice the Jantzen price...
post #18 of 55
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Originally Posted by Lord Denning
Can anyone speak to the quality of CT's suits? I'm thinking of taking the plunge.

We had a discussion about the suits and while nobody had bought one, I believe the consensus was that they were pretty good, but nothing great. On the web site, it says that the suits have a "woven chest canvas with horse hair". Does that mean they're fully-canvassed?
post #19 of 55
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Originally Posted by Dapper Dandy
We had a discussion about the suits and while nobody had bought one, I believe the consensus was that they were pretty good, but nothing great. On the web site, it says that the suits have a "woven chest canvas with horse hair". Does that mean they're fully-canvassed?

Not at all. I believe the Tyrwhitt suits are fused.
post #20 of 55
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Not at all. I believe the Tyrwhitt suits are fused.
Yeah, it's a confusing distinction. For the most part, all suits have some sort of canvas in the chest to add structure. Better-made ones (generally) have only that canvas and the lesser quality ones have interfacing fused to the body fabric of the suit as well. IIRC, someone had bought one of the CT suits and reported on it. Maybe he can give us a refresher.
post #21 of 55
j, didn't you buy a pair of CT chelsea boots and give them a good once-over with polish? How are those working out for you? And how did they run, size-wise?
post #22 of 55
I am not at all familiar with Jantzen but as they are based in Hong Kong(I think?) presumable you have to pay for shipping - no? The lowest priced shirts are around USD49.00 and for US clients I think this should be about the price of Jantzen - can somebody please clarify this? Please forgive my ignorance as I am in New Zealand so I do a lot of converting of currencies to find the best deals around.
post #23 of 55
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Originally Posted by Dapper Dandy
j, didn't you buy a pair of CT chelsea boots and give them a good once-over with polish? How are those working out for you? And how did they run, size-wise?
Yeah, a little more than a once-over. They run quite big. A CT US11/UK10.5 is closer to a US11.5 than a US11.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ighlight=boots
post #24 of 55
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Originally Posted by kcgreg
I am not at all familiar with Jantzen but as they are based in Hong Kong(I think?) presumable you have to pay for shipping - no? The lowest priced shirts are around USD49.00 and for US clients I think this should be about the price of Jantzen - can somebody please clarify this?

Please forgive my ignorance as I am in New Zealand so I do a lot of converting of currencies to find the best deals around.

My last shirt cost about $43, including shipping to the U.S. You might try them, if you don't mind self-measurement (and aren't demanding of customer service).
post #25 of 55
Last time I emailed Jantzen, I got no reply back at all. :-/ If I could see CT suits in person, I could judge it, as I now own a suit with full canvassing...
post #26 of 55
I didn't buy a CT suit, but tried one on.

The thing was cut very similar to my Polo blue labelsuits. The shoulders were not heavily padded, and it was shaped more than, for example, a Brooksease. So I liked the cut. The chestpiece was fused more stiffly than I've felt in a long time. It would stop bullets.

I am no fabric expert. The fabric (woven in england, apparently) was far, far, below your typical green label Lauren suit. It felt really rough or coarse compared with nearly every other cloth I've ever felt. I would compare it with my Paulo Solari (Mens wearhouse 2001) suit. This was not confined to the nevy solid I tried on; it was the same across the board.

The sleeve length was unalterable due to the working buttons. It was pretty close to where I like it, but still too long. This was just plain annoying.

Also, the suits are made in Malta, where the CT cust service assured me they were made in England, like the fabric.

So, if it fits you for the 350 it costs at 50% off, and you want something really solid, then go for it.

I did, however, snare a Polo blue label suit for $308 shipped (retailing for $1095) off Yoox.com just a couple of months ago. I just love it, so CT is out for me.

I do have a couple of their shirts, which at 50% off are a decent value for me, only because their slim fit fits me very well. Construction quality is laughable, easily blown away by the Costco $14.99 jobbies, which are great quality and decent fabric too.

As for the Loakes, I have 3 pair and love em.
post #27 of 55
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday
My last shirt cost about $43, including shipping to the U.S. You might try them, if you don't mind self-measurement (and aren't demanding of customer service).

Hey Doc Holliday - How do I get in touch with Jantzen, please?
post #28 of 55
I also tried a few CT suits last fall or winter when the NYC Times Square store just opened and agree with billiebob that the fabric is really coarse and the working buttonholes can be annoying if the sleeves aren't of the right length. The cut I thought was rather boxy and not similar to RL blue label suits. The Donald J. Trump suits I tried on at Macys around the same time (purely for market research purposes ) had softer fabrics and trimmer cuts, surprisingly enough.
post #29 of 55
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Originally Posted by kcgreg
I do apologise for overstating the case - yes you definitely can do better when it comes to shirts. Janine Georgenti has very good shirts if you take a look. Very good shirts.

Follow this link and have a look.

http://www.bestcustomshirt.com/mp.asp?Pg=Fab.asp?Pr=

I tried one shirt from this outfit before I found the forum. It was not made with the fabric I specified, but it's a decent shirt, so I kept it without complaining. I think they outsource overseas and have little real control (this is just speculation).
post #30 of 55
I'm also surprised at the negativity! For the price, I find the shirts stunning quality (far superior to my crappy Lewins where the collar buckles and folds with ease) and fit me perfectly. Been wearing them for 4 yuears now and no fraying anywhere (especially neck collar) on any of them. Broad range of lovely colours like yellow, lilac, royal purple, a beautiful green, etc.
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