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"The Shirt Store" in NY: thoughts and/or comments?

post #1 of 5
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A couple of years ago, I was in NY but my luggage was delayed, and because of it, I needed to buy a classic white dress shirt. An Investment Banker friend pointed me towards The Shirt Store near Grand Central Station. I ended up buying one, and have since bought a few more, all around $50-$70. It seemed a good deal given the construction & quality (sewn on front plackets, Egyptian 2-ply cotton, reinforced gussets, etc.). Certainly a better deal than, say, a Thomas Pink shirt at twice the price or more for comparable construction & quality. But perhaps I'm wrong . . .

www.shirtstore.com

They also do custom shirts for around $150.

So what do you guys think regarding either their stock or custom shirts? Any experience? Good for the price? Good, period? Bad, period?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
post #2 of 5
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My basic rule is that every man who regularly wears suits needs at least two dozen shirts in his closet. Of these, the first 12 should come from what I describe as the Basic Dozen.

These 12, (actually 13, because The Shirt Store customers get the 13th shirt free with each dozen they buy,) basic shirts can, of course, vary from person to person.

Six white shirts, six blue shirts and one burgundy.

Interesting. Hadn't heard of burgundy being a staple shirt before.

Anyway, have to look at it more when I have more time.

Cheers,
D
post #3 of 5
I purchased a little over a dozen custom shirts from them. I feel that their pricing is very reasonable, with only a minimum order of 4 custom shirts (if I recall correctly.) They will do orders for fewer, but they will add a surcharge. I think that the construction of their shirts is very good considering the price. I think my average shirt price for a custom shirt ended up being just over $200, with some very nice fabrics. My only complaint is that in my opinion, they like to cut their shirts big. The shirts I received from them were approximately 5 inches over skin measurement in the chest and had fairly large arm holes. I had my measurements taken by Carol, the proprietor, who in my recollection is very opinionated about this aspect. This is a stylistic thing, but I like to have my shirts fit very close to the body. Of course, you're the customer, so I think that maybe this can be changed. Regardless, they're far better than off the rack. I had much better experiences with the Shirt Store than I did with Brooks Brothers' Digital Tailoring. (A series of around 5 different orders which never quite came out right.) I gave up after that and went over to their Made to Measure dept. I had reasonable good experience with them, but I think you need the right person taking the measurements. In my case, it was Tom Davis at the 346 Madison location. I see that the OP is over in CA, so this may be irrelevant, but I've since started using Eredi Pisano (whose only location in the US is in NYC) rather than the previously mentioned places. They do an excellent job, but have a minimum order of 6 shirts. Their construction is good and they have many more options on custom shirts than most places. (Button selection, color of stitching, collar lining, etc.) The pricing is slightly higher. I think they start at $180. Probably as good as one can get w/o going bespoke (at least at that price).
post #4 of 5
There have been threads about this before. After a moderately successful RTW purchase-- improved with some tailoring about the waist-- I decided to try a MTM order. Resulting fit was very good, but collars were not flattering to me, collars and cuffs felt like cardboard, and the buttons were much less good than they appeared to be out of the box. Many breakages. Pattern matching not uniformly terrible, but sort of half-assed. Also, by the time you get to better than nasty cloth, you're within $50 or so of one of the better NYC or London firms.

Bottom line-- I like the concept of a low-budget, cheerful shop that encourages custom designs. Still, I wouldn't go back unless I really needed some cheaper shirts and got the collar design revised.

Right now I wear those 4 shirts on weekends under sweaters, praying that they will give up the ghost. Too good to pitch, not good enough to wear to work.
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the very detailed and useful info. I travel to NY once every few months, so I will check out Eredi Pisano the next time I am in town.
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