Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
I see. What about the NYC shirtmakers? I'm just curious as to what had you seeking out an English shirtmaker. From the outside looking in, it's easier to grasp why you chose Steed (cut, etc) for your suits, but I didn't think there'd be as many noticeable differences between shirtmakers, aside from actual quality of construction and finishing. Are they known to make a superior shirt? I mean, I can't imagine you chose them for the same reason why a lot of guys here get their shirts from Jantzen ya know. Anyhow, I do look forward to your shirt fitting threads.
If there must be travel, I prefer to have the makers travel to me rather than me to them. If I didn't have this preference, then yes, NYC for Geneva, Paris, CEGO would make sense. I almost went with Kabbaz last year but the whole framework of getting shirts from him had a flavor that did not appeal to me in the end.
While I'm not sure that we can talk about the classic Jermyn Street shirt anymore, I still think there is a distinctive English look and conventions of construction. I suppose a stylistically flexible American shirtmaker could replicate that, but why bother when the originals travel to Boston?
As for quality: well, that might be an issue which is why I post this thread.
If I travelled to Paris reliably enough, I would do Charvet grand-mÃ©sure. I still don't rule that out at some point.
Anyway, Whittaker is a skilled shirtmaker. I've corresponded with two members here who used to use him, but then changed because there was a drop in quality, reliability and overall service.
I'm wondering from current clients if this is no longer a concern since I would like to think that must have been some sort of temporary issue.
I probably should ask this over at the Lounge since it's like crickets here on this topic.
Originally Posted by gomestar
Isn't the lack of Vox shirt fitting threads a reason enough???