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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Good evening,

As the title indicates I'm looking for a bespoke (or MTM might also do) shirtmaker in London, and preferably one that's not horribly expensive, as my reason for going bespoke is more of a necessity than a luxury. I'm 6'4 with decent shoulders, so needless to say finding shirts that are long enough in the sleeve is a challenge for me, and the ones who come close are usually incredibly big in the body.

I've searched and found older threads on this subject, but they are a few years old so I figured I'd start a new one for updated info and prices.

So, who does good work and at what price? From reading a bit I gather Sean O'Flynn has a good reputation for high quality without being overly expensive, is this still true? If yes, what will the damage be per shirt, and what's the minimum order? Who else should I consider as contenders that give equally good value for money? And att the entry price, how good are the materials? For shirts I tend to favour materials that are light and soft if that's of any importance.


I live in Oslo, but have friends I like to visit in London, so I think this is probably the best way to go. It'd be great if it's possible to do this with an initial visit and the rest done through phone/email. Does anyone have experience with that?

Thank you in advance
Silverfox
Edited by The Silverfox - 12/10/12 at 6:53am
post #2 of 18

Hi,

 

I'm an Australian who finds it difficult to find shirts my size as I'm a shorter bloke.

 

Steed on Savile Row have no minimum order and their shirts start at 75 GBP, but I'm not sure if it is bespoke for that price or MTM, however. But I too would like to find a good bespoke shirt maker where I can get measured in person, before going online. 


I am going to check out Steed this week as I'm in London, and am happy to report back if you are interested?

post #3 of 18
Thread Starter 
That sounds great. I checked out their site and £75 is for MTM, but if it fits me and the construction is allright, I don't mind. Let me know how you find the whole process, and what the fabric selection is like.

Will you just be visiting Steed, or will you be visiting other bespoke shirtmakers as well?
post #4 of 18
I use O'Flynn for shirts. I like his work a lot. I don't want to speak for his prices and obviously it varies with the choice of fabric, but his work is bespoke and thus justifiably more expensive than MTM. As far as I remember there was no minimum order - I think I started with just one shirt.

As far as fittings, my first shirt was almost spot on and just needed one adjustment which we discussed over the phone. I was happy with the fit after that and he then wanted to see the shirt on me at a subsequent visit. Following that I now mostly make orders over the phone as I only manage to visit London occasionally.

I use Steed for jackets & suits but I have never had a shirt made by them - this is just because I was already settled in with O'Flynn. Their tailoring is great and I would have every confidence in them to make a good shirt as well.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by The Silverfox View Post

Good evening,
As the title indicates I'm looking for a bespoke (or MTM might also do) shirtmaker in London, and preferably one that's not horribly expensive, as my reason for going bespoke is more of a necessity than a luxury. I'm 6'4 with decent shoulders, so needless to say finding shirts that are long enough in the sleeve is a challenge for me, and the ones who come close are usually incredibly big in the body.
I've searched and found older threads on this subject, but they are a few years old so I figured I'd start a new one for updated info and prices.
So, who does good work and at what price? From reading a bit I gather Sean O'Flynn has a good reputation for high quality without being overly expensive, is this still true? If yes, what will the damage be per shirt, and what's the minimum order? Who else should I consider as contenders that give equally good value for money? And att the entry price, how good are the materials? For shirts I tend to favour materials that are light and soft if that's of any importance.
I live in Oslo, but have friends I like to visit in London, so I think this is probably the best way to go. It'd be great if it's possible to do this with an initial visit and the rest done through phone/email. Does anyone have experience with that?
Thank you in advance
Silverfox

Dege and Skinner.
post #6 of 18
How often would you be visiting London? It is not a simple process when you take distance into account.
post #7 of 18
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How often would you be visiting London? It is not a simple process when you take distance into account.
pure wisdom.
post #8 of 18
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How often would you be visiting London? It is not a simple process when you take distance into account.

There's no reason to think I will be traveling to london for work anytime soon (though it could happen), so in all likelihood my visiting london will be the occasional trip for the sake of shopping and seeing friends. So once every 6 months maybe? But if I need to go, it's not particularly difficult as I have a place to stay there and it's only one and a half hours on the plane, but I'd prefer it if it was possible to do this with an initial visit and then the rest done over the phone or sending pictures/videos of fit electronically.

I suppose this might be a reason to go for "just" MTM as opposed to bespoke, as the geographical hindrance means I might not be able to do enough fittings to get my money's worth with bespoke. Or would I?
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post #10 of 18
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Steed on Savile Row have no minimum order and their shirts start at 75 GBP.

 

I totally didn't know this, thanks for the info. I have always wanted to try Budd, their RTW is about the same price as this and their bespoke starts at £195!

post #11 of 18

^ Yes, but Steed is MTM and not bespoke (like Budd).

post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sounds great actually, so I just sent them a mail inquiring about fabrics and some other stuff. I always wanted to try Budd as well, but I they don't even come close to being long enough for my 37.5 arms. Got my favourite ties from there though (though these are unfortunately also a bit too short), but currently waiting on a few hobers so we'll see if Budd can hold their own or if they get blown out of the water.
post #13 of 18
I believe Harvie and Hudson has a bespoke division.
As do Hilditch and Key and T&A. My guess is that H &H
are significantly less expensive. I own several of their
RTW shirts-- very decent for the price but a bit tent-like
even for my stocky upper body. This shouldn't be an issue
in bespoke.

http://www.harvieandhudson.com/content/Information/About_Us/Bespoke_Shirts
post #14 of 18
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http://www.emmettlondon.com/

+1 Unlike some of the others, Emmett will let you start with just one shirt, rather than having to buy at least three.
post #15 of 18

While I can't afford Emma Willis' for bespoke shirt making, she is incredibly lovely and incredibly attractive. It was 190GBP RTW and 300GBP bespoke per shirt. 

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