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post #16 of 32
I really enjoy CT shirts. They are basically my go-to shirts now, mainly since the styling is much more refined and the workmanship is much better than anything you'll find anywhere at anything near the price. I've paid as little as $35 for CT shirts, and I very much prefer them to BB shirts that are much more expensive.

I especially like the choice of button or french cuff, cutaway or spread collar, angled split yoke, and most importantly, no pockets. Also, the high button makes the collar lay nicely with the first button open.

Customer service is excellent as well.
post #17 of 32
I've got a few with no complaints.

Harvie and Hudson is another brand you might consider. I prefer them to CT.
post #18 of 32
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Do CT shirts ship from US or UK? If UK, how long does it take to get to US?
post #19 of 32
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Do CT shirts ship from US or UK? If UK, how long does it take to get to US?

I made my last order on the .com site rather than the .co.uk site hoping it would be faster. Delivery time was about ten days and the postmark was from Belgium!!
post #20 of 32
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Do CT shirts ship from US or UK? If UK, how long does it take to get to US?

I live in the US, they ship from UK. You will see the customs stamp on them when it arrives. Their shipping has typically been 2 weeks for me (they say 10 working days), but my last 2 orders somehow arrived in about 5 days.
post #21 of 32
Thread Starter 
Ahh.... that's too long. I need these shirts soon.
post #22 of 32
Where are you?
post #23 of 32
Thread Starter 
I live in New Jersey. I ordered 3 Paul Frederick shirts this morning. PF is located in the US so hopefully I'll get them by Thursday. But for now I have a few shirts in my closet that will hold me till then.
post #24 of 32
CT has 2 stores in NYC if you really need one of their shirts.
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by Achilles_ View Post

On a budget, yes. Great starter/beater shirts. Make sure to get the slim fitting. I like that you can customize what kind of cuffs and that they don't have pockets.

Every company has bad reviews on here, but for the most part CT is pretty dependable.


+1

post #26 of 32

Forgive the ignorant question, but why is "fused" important? Longer shirt life?

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CT shirts have fused collars and cuffs, where T M Lewin are not. For this reason alone I would go with with T M L.


I take it that TM Lewin and Harvie & Hudson are not as mass market (cheaply made) as CT. Well, I ordered 3 CT shirts last week from their summer online sale. All slim fit, wrinkle-free - so I hope they at fit better than some have said here on the forum.

post #27 of 32

those are for Fat and Happy types...not for me.  Pink, BB, HK and HH are also not appetizing to me on their website.  Sticking to TML and CT for now

post #28 of 32
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Originally Posted by Herky210 View Post

Forgive the ignorant question, but why is "fused" important? Longer shirt life?


I take it that TM Lewin and Harvie & Hudson are not as mass market (cheaply made) as CT. Well, I ordered 3 CT shirts last week from their summer online sale. All slim fit, wrinkle-free - so I hope they at fit better than some have said here on the forum.

Interestingly since I wrote that (and failed to answer the question apparently) I have worked with CT consulting on their tailoring.

The reason fusing in collars and cuffs is pertinent is because it makes for a much stiffer cuff and collar. The way the shirt ages changes, while an un fused cuff will soften and eventually lose all shape (becoming like an old pair of jeans; soft, relaxed but not smart) a fused cuff will remain reasonably firm up to the end of its life.

There is one aspect that is never mentioned in these threads but I now believe is important; CT is still owned and run by the man who started it. Having met him and grilled him extensively on decisions relating to the tailoring lines one thing is clear; his name, and the names of his children is sewn onto every garment and he is unwilling to compromise the integrity of that.

Some people may not like the fabrics he chooses, many complain that the poplin is too light weight, but ultimately I feel that if I am to give £100 to a corporation, I'd rather give it to him than the investment corporation that now owns T M. Lewin.

Obviously that point is utterly intangible and one everyone makes according to how important they feel the issue is, but given that the price, quality and style of shirts is roughly equal between CT and TML I use that to tip the scales CTs direction.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

Interestingly since I wrote that (and failed to answer the question apparently) I have worked with CT consulting on their tailoring.

The reason fusing in collars and cuffs is pertinent is because it makes for a much stiffer cuff and collar. The way the shirt ages changes, while an un fused cuff will soften and eventually lose all shape (becoming like an old pair of jeans; soft, relaxed but not smart) a fused cuff will remain reasonably firm up to the end of its life.

There is one aspect that is never mentioned in these threads but I now believe is important; CT is still owned and run by the man who started it. Having met him and grilled him extensively on decisions relating to the tailoring lines one thing is clear; his name, and the names of his children is sewn onto every garment and he is unwilling to compromise the integrity of that.

Some people may not like the fabrics he chooses, many complain that the poplin is too light weight, but ultimately I feel that if I am to give £100 to a corporation, I'd rather give it to him than the investment corporation that now owns T M. Lewin.

Obviously that point is utterly intangible and one everyone makes according to how important they feel the issue is, but given that the price, quality and style of shirts is roughly equal between CT and TML I use that to tip the scales CTs direction.


+10
post #30 of 32

How do collars of TML and CT compare in terms of their height?

 

I've read somewhere that CT shirts have somewhat "short" collars.

 

I have about 15 TML shirts and am generally satisfied with their quality and fit. One thing that I don't like, however, is that TML offers too few options with button cuffs.

 

I was going to order a testing batch of 5 shirts from CT but am afraid of their collars indeed being shorter than TML's. Having a rather large frame I would look silly with a "short" or a "slim" collar.

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