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post #16 of 22
So what is the difference between RTW and MTO? If it isn't even a true MTM then what is really the point of paying 400-500$ for an ill-fitting shirt?
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Andre Yew
DD,

I also used to think Borrelli fabrics were special, but I no longer think so.
--Andre

Have you seen the Royal Collection fabrics?

koji
post #18 of 22
I haven't seen the Royal Collection fabrics. Can you tell me more about them?

--Andre
post #19 of 22
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I haven't seen the Royal Collection fabrics. Can you tell me more about them?

I'll try. The shirts from the "Royal Collection" routinely break $500 and approach $650. I had an opportunity to try on a 15 at the Borrelli sample sale that was held earlier this year. The fit still remains generous for the American market even with the more premium shirtings.

As far as fabrics are concerned, they are nice, probably 140s or better. Small patterns within the traditional color spectrum (white, blue, yellow, pink, etc.) are their strength. Are they worth the extra premium? That decision is left to the individual. Personally, I felt that Kabbaz selection of 140s and 160s from Acorn were markedly better. Again, if you live in an area with a respected shirtmaker, I personally believe that MTM and bespoke is far better in terms of value.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Andre Yew
DD,

I also used to think Borrelli fabrics were special, but I no longer think so. Just have a look at some of the books at better custom makers, and you'll see all the variety and quality you'd want. --Andre

Andre, Thank you for your thoughtful note. You have convinced me that there are fabrics to be had at good custom shops that will be just as good if not better than Borrelli and I can replicate most all of the Italian touches (with a few exceptions). Part of what I think makes it feel so special at the boutique here in New York across from Barney's is just all of the wonderful things they offer under one roof. Their ties are fabulous and the suits! What I think I really long for is that perfect men's haberdashery, where the people know you and your style and they help you to bring out your own personal style. I can't afford to be a regular customer at Vacca or Borrelli, but I suppose more and more that is my wish. I love the thought of always having them working on something for me. A new spectactular item always in the works. Anyway, thanks, and I think my next stop is a visit to CEGO to see what he has to offer. Thanks again, Dennis
post #21 of 22
How do Boreli shirts compare to Giorgio Armani black label shirts?
post #22 of 22
Law of diminishing returns works for shirts just like for anything else. Hand stitched shirts are a joke. Shirt that retail for more than 300.00 are a poor joke.
I used to buy hand made shirts until I got sick and tired of crooked seams and poor finishing (borrelli).
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