(originally posted on AAAC)
In NYC, the main options are:Alexander Kabbaz
- happens to live on eastern Long Island. (The people there have some snooty name for that area but I can't remember what it is.
) Generally considered to be - if not the - one of the best in the world. Some articles to that effect: here
and also here
. I've never tried his shirts due to financial considerations - and I'm not particularly frugal. But he participates on the forum and obviously has a passion for his craft and a great depth of knowledge of fitting and fabrics. I understand the cloth selection to be beyond extensive. Buttons are hand sewn as a matter of course. Anecdotally, there is no real limit to the number of fittings he will go through at the start to get the pattern down.Paris Custom Shirts
- less expensive than Alex but with a wide selection of fabrics (though, to the best of my knowledge, no vintage ones). Atam is extremely cordial just make sure that you write things down for him and give him pictures of what you want. He claims to have a photographic memory and while that may be true, he doesn't have a similar ability with spoken instructions yet refuses to write things down. Luckily he's very flexible about what he will change during the fitting pricess and extremely pleasant to work with. There is only one fault that I could find in his sales manner - if you visit, it will become very obvious in the firtst five minutes. The quality of construction is very high - I've never seen a sloppy stitch or some shortcut taken. Atam is very good at designing collars - especially ones that you may not think of for yourself. If you do try them, I would recommend letting him do what he wants in this regard at least on a couple of shirts. Prices nominally start at $250. I avoided the most expensive cloths and came out with an average around $320.Geneva Shirtmakers
- no personal experience. Similar in Price to Paris - perhaps a little lower. Similar in quality overall, though they are generally ranked ever so slightly behind Paris. No personal experience so just going off the collected wisdom of the forum that I picked up while researching the question.CEGO
- Carl participates on the forum as Shirtmaven. Another guy who has shared a vast amount of knowledge with the people here. He has legions of satisfied customers. Prices for cloth from swatch books is the same as or in some cases slightly higher than Paris/ Geneva. But if you go to his shop and look at the fabric he has on hand and rummage through some end bolts he has, you can get a great deal. I've gotten four shirts now and have been happy with the results.Ascot Chang
- Don't know much about them. The people that go there tend to be happy with the product. I don't know if the shirts are made here or in Hong Kong. I understand the fabric selection to be limited compared to some of the others I mentioned but that all the basics are covered. Perhaps someone with some more experience could comment.Here
is an article you may be interested in. It is somehwat dated. Sulka no longer exists and I am not sure if Leonard still does shirts - he's a member of the forum and could perhaps fill us in himself.
Additonally you also have the visiting London guys and T&A who can measure you here but the shirts are made in England.
Hope that is somewhat helpful.