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Beginnings of a Charvet Habit....

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First time in Paris and today was my last day. Went to Charvet to browse because I considered it one of the sights I had to see. Before it was all said and done, I ordered a custom shirt and picked up a tie to match. I can feel an addiction forming already (thankfully I think the price points will act as a good barrier). Picked a rounded spread collar (it was so new they didn't even have a catalogue number for it yet) with double button barrel cuffs and hidden front placket. Salesman was extra cool, turns out he used to DJ and loves hip hop music such as myself!

Should have it in 5 weeks, the wait will be tense!

Question, how do people care for their Charvet shirts? Wash at home or send out for service?
post #2 of 116
Derek Loves Charvet. I hand wash mine, hang dry. I personally dont like sending any shirts out for something i can do better myself.

Their shirts and ties are tops. One day ill score me some Charvet Pajamas.
post #3 of 116
Watch out for their ties. They are well made, but they are very delicate. Let's see the shirt when you get it.
post #4 of 116
Ties self-destruct after 2.5 wears. Fantastic business model.
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If there was ease of availability, my wardrobe would be full of Charvet shirts. Would like to see your shirt, post pics when you get it.
post #6 of 116
I remember a young Spoo making his first set of SF posts regarding his trip to Charvet....
post #7 of 116
FWIW I bought a woven Charvet on sale despite the reputation for fragility -its still works fine.
I also bought a Zegna at the same time, a brand that usually is quite sturdy -thing threds just by looking at it. Hit or mis seems to be my experience. Good that you had a decent experience- some of these upper end retailers are notorius for leaving customers in the wake of their snobbery.
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Originally Posted by gdl203 View Post
Ties self-destruct after 2.5 wears. Fantastic business model.

Im wearing a charvet today that ive had for 6 years....honest to god it looks exactly like the day i bought it. Ive owned probably 20 -30 charvet ties and have only had a problem with 1...and it was bought on sale at saks and it already had some pretty bad pulls on the back.

Keep in mind though, I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them, also, I dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them around my neck.
post #9 of 116
A Charvet habit is an expensive habit.

Dig Deep.
post #10 of 116
"...I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them...dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them..."

You know, I so rarely see people that follow the instructions in the owner's manual. Good on you!
post #11 of 116
I have a Charvet shirt that is quite nice, but overpriced and overrated, IMO. Plus, who has time to handwash and iron shirts? What is the cost of making one shirt at Charvet? Assuming it's at least $350 per shirt (a conservative estimate, no doubt), if you make 10 shirts, it's cheaper to fly to Hong Kong, stay in a 5 star hotel for a few days, make 10 shirts in the finest fabric from a quality tailor and you might even have enough left over for a fully canvassed top notch sportcoat. On top of that, they will provide you with much better service than the staff at Charvet. When I was last there about 8 years ago, the attitude of the salespeople was quite offputting.
post #12 of 116
I bought my first Charvet tie during a trip to DC in January. It's become my favorite tie, and I see more in my future.
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Originally Posted by JohnShaft View Post
"...I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them...dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them..."

You know, I so rarely see people that follow the instructions in the owner's manual. Good on you!

yea, im a stickler for the rules.
post #14 of 116
My first was excellent. My second and subsequent have all been spectacular. PV Charvet absolutely stellar.
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Originally Posted by sf_esq View Post
I have a Charvet shirt that is quite nice, but overpriced and overrated, IMO. Plus, who has time to handwash and iron shirts? What is the cost of making one shirt at Charvet? Assuming it's at least $350 per shirt (a conservative estimate, no doubt), if you make 10 shirts, it's cheaper to fly to Hong Kong, stay in a 5 star hotel for a few days, make 10 shirts in the finest fabric from a quality tailor and you might even have enough left over for a fully canvassed top notch sportcoat. On top of that, they will provide you with much better service than the staff at Charvet. When I was last there about 8 years ago, the attitude of the salespeople was quite offputting.

They're much more than $350/shirt. A shirt in fabric comparable to Charvet's offerings from a HK shirtmaker will cost $300-400. In any event, you might save some money buying shirts from HK, but the savings won't cover the flight and hotel for your trip.
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