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post #16 of 21
As I stated above, the Hilditch and Key MTM shirts are fabulous. Great attention to detail.
post #17 of 21
I forgot to mention, Saks 5th has a Hilditch and Key MTM department. That's your best bet.
post #18 of 21
Would like to add Aquascutum shirts. Well tailored and long lasting. And, of course, a strong vote for Thomas Pink.
post #19 of 21
In my opinion, Thomas Pink are not really that good. Their patterns and fit look good but the interlinings and genaral finish leave much to be desired. The collars turn up their points and the cuffs are stiff and feel artificial, as if there is paper in the linings. I think they should take their money from marketing and put them into their manufacturing. This can be said of more brands, such as Hugo Boss (black label) shirts - they always disapoint. T.M. Lewin's shirts are much better for similar price and in fact they compare easly to T&A IMHO. Nobody has mentioned RL/Polo shirts. They have most of the hallmarks of good workmanship (single needle stitching, split yoke and the works) at a rather reasonable price. The only problem is the damn polo player on the front. It cheapens the whole shirt and makes the wearer look lika a logo-flasher. It's not a problem where I live since they are not sold here and not generally known but I would not wear the logo in America. Bjorn
post #20 of 21
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Any opinions on Ted Baker? I have some of his "Edward Baker" line French cuff shirts of which I'm rather fond, but I haven't really tested their durability.
I really like Ted Baker stuff myself, it's a little edgy without being excessive, and the quality & construction is usually very good. They don't seem to be afraid of using bizarre synthetics that other lines wouldn't touch (what the heck is polynosic?.), and there's alot of attention to detail, even in the regular sportswear. For example, denim jackets with lined cuffs, simple jeans with unusual seams, etc. I have this one jersey type shirt which is made up of no less than 12 pieces of fabric. At most, some other manufacturers could get away with 4 (arm/arm/body front/body back.) The major downside to TB is that it's horrifically expensive in North America - most stores that carry TB seem to go with the straight UK exchange rate, which means $150 shirts which should go for $100 or so. Somewhat frustrating since New & Lingwood shirts, which are better or comparable, can be found for less than $100.
post #21 of 21
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They don't seem to be afraid of using bizarre synthetics that other lines wouldn't touch (what the heck is polynosic?.)...
It's a bizarre semi-synthetic, actually. Polynosic is a kind of rayon"”that is, a fabric made of regenerated cellulose fiber (from wood pulp or cotton)"”with many characteristics that make it more suitable for clothing than standard rayon: it's stronger, it holds its shape better, and it can be machine washed and dried.
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