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post #3676 of 3849
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Originally Posted by Leaves View Post

I have to agree to a point; if I can't get more than 15-20 wears from a bespoke shirt I'm not going to go further along this path. The bulk of my shirts are MTM Truzzi and Mastai Ferretti and I've washed these I don't know how many times. They hold up very well although a few could use a change of cuffs and collar (I understand this can be done by sending them back to the factory but I have not tried this service). We'll see how the NSM bespoke shirts do after a dozen washes on the "hand wash" program.

Thanks for all your input guys, sorry for derailing this thread into a shirt washing discussion. smile.gif

I have bespoke, hand finished shirt, that are up to 5 years old and with no signs of frying or permanent stains, and have been mostly machine washed on delicate cycles with the pre-treating mentioned above. Responses from some members above about shirts being disposable and not caring for them IMHO are not applicable as response to the original question, which was about bespoke/hand finished shirts from this firm specifically, which would cost in the region of 150-300 euro I guess, and cannot be compared to 10 dollar a piece underwear, come on. Indeed you are free to buy disposable shirts and having them altered, but unless you do a complete re-cut at considerable expense, the larger armscye will not compliment your bespoke jackets as the narrow jacket armhole will pull the shirt sleeve up, causing some level of discomfort and obviously affecting the desired length of the shirt sleeve. So, if you spend money on bespoke clothing, then you need to invest (and take care) in bespoke shirts.

Take the due care, which as already explained is not overbearing compared to the money and time spent to take them to a commercial laundry, but just a different and better way to take care of your valuable clothing.
post #3677 of 3849
My shirt maintenance process amounts to speed-dialing the cleaners, opening my door to take the shirts from last week and give the shirts from this week. Done.
post #3678 of 3849
I think it was Stu Bloom from Rave that said he recommends the 7-7-7 rule. 7 shirts at the cleaners, 7 in the hamper, 7 hanging in the closet.
post #3679 of 3849

I can’t believe how you guys coddle your shirts. I wear bespoke as well, and my routine is exactly as GDL’s. The one shirt that is now beginning to fray is about 7 years old.

post #3680 of 3849
Do you have 200 shirts? My shirts don't last me more than 3 years generally. Since going bespoke when say three of them begin to get very ratty I will sacrifice one of the ratty collared and cuffed shirts to make replacement collars and cuffs for the other two and order another new shirt or two at the same time.
post #3681 of 3849
Maybe my shirts have cheap fabrics but they usually last more than five years...
post #3682 of 3849
Well, what I mean is my shirts show their age after about 3 years. They don't look like new pristine shirts anymore.
post #3683 of 3849
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Do you have 200 shirts? My shirts don't last me more than 3 years generally. Since going bespoke when say three of them begin to get very ratty I will sacrifice one of the ratty collared and cuffed shirts to make replacement collars and cuffs for the other two and order another new shirt or two at the same time.

 

I have about 40-50. I should also point out that some minor fraying at the collar + cuffs doesn't bother me in the slightest.

post #3684 of 3849
Commercial laundries break my buttons unless I ask them to hand press.
post #3685 of 3849
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Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

I can’t believe how you guys coddle your shirts. I wear bespoke as well, and my routine is exactly as GDL’s. The one shirt that is now beginning to fray is about 7 years old.

I am with you, but think this may be a very NY approach and not necessarily as common in other places, such as Europe.
post #3686 of 3849
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Originally Posted by Big A View Post

They will do it. I'll try to post pics later

I really appreciate Despos' (or is it Despos's?) comments on this thread. It's great when someone who knows what they are talking about posts in this thread. None of my NSM items have the "swoosh" profile, now I know why.

Big A,would you mind sharing those pics? I'd be very interested in seeing how their more curved quarters look, thanks
post #3687 of 3849
I wash my shirts at home and then take them to the cleaners. They retain their color and shape for years. I would say the average shirt for me lasts about 4+ years before any real signs of wear.

I find that one or two brands of RTW shirts, such as Guy Rover and Cucinelli, the buttons will crack, but not my bespoke shirts.
post #3688 of 3849
You wash them and then dry clean? Seems like overkill, no?
post #3689 of 3849
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

You wash them and then dry clean? Seems like overkill, no?
I guess he means to take them to the cleaners to Iron
post #3690 of 3849
I looked into that and they charge just about the same to iron as they do to iron and wash.
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