I have made the same posting at Andy's Forum. I believe some of you have tried shirts from Jantzen Tailor in Hong Kong (www.jantzentailor.com) or some other establishments in Asia. For a shirt individually tailored for you by Jantzen Tailor, one can hardly complain that US$38 is a lot of money to pay. And the shirts have most (if not all) the marks of a well-made shirt: 1) fines stitches - 22 per inch (I didn't count.) 2) patterns match almost perfectly at all places 3) good quality thick mother-of-pearl buttons (though admittedly not the best money can buy) if requested, at no extra charge 4) split yoke 5) gusset (which I feel is not a necessity on any shirt) Okay, not the whole shirt is totally hand-made like some of the Italian shirtmakers - the seams are machine sewn) and while the material is more than decent, is hardly from the 2X2ply 160's or 200's range from the top mills. A T&A bespoke shirt costs upwards of about GBP140 = USD225. Some shirtmakers charge even more. With Jantzen charging about 1/6 of that price, I really would think twice about having shirts made by shirtmakers in Europe/USA, unless I have money to burn. Which I don't. I think the higher costs of labour plus the better materials plus the premium attached to the prestige of the shirtmakers will account for part of the price difference, but I wonder if it is really worth paying all that extra money for the undeniable, real differences. On the same point, I can have a Zegna Trofeo suit tailored for me in Asia at less than USD1,000. And it's a suit with a lot of handiwork and fine stitches, complete with real horn buttons, not some Bangkok-style 24-hour fused suit. I can have fitting pants tailored for me in super 120's fabric from some leading mills at about USD130. For those of you who have tried custom tailoring in Asia and Europe/USA, what would you say? I fully appreciate custom tailoring and am quite an addict myself but does anyone out there share my opinion that perhaps, just perhaps, custom tailoring is over-hyped and over-priced in Europe/USA?
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11/19/03 at 10:04am