As promised, I stopped by to check out the shirt samples. I can confirm that the final pattern has a 3" unfused, lightly lined collar. I posted some of my initial thoughts here.
I didn't cringe as much as I laughed.
Sorry if I was misleading. I agree that it was not a very clear way to phrase it. was just trying to say that in the same way that we're not comparing Gustin denim to Levi's we shouldn't be comparing their shirts to J. Crew prices since the Gustins are made to a higher standard. I fixed the wording on my blog. Thanks.
That's a fair point. In my brief interaction with the shirts (and I should underscore that it was brief - I just tried one on for a moment) it was pretty different than BB in that it is alpha sized and has a shorter body, both of which make it a more casual shirt in my eye. If I wanted a neck-and-sleeve dress shirt with a button down collar I would go to BB or somewhere else that does that sort of thing. This is a more casual shirt that I think would probably wear best untucked with jeans or chinos. I think it compares more directly to something like Gant's shirts, which are alpha sized, made in India or China or whatever (I can't remember offhand), and retail for $125+. They also have some of the same details - locker loop, back collar button, for example. Between those two I'd say the Gustin is a much better deal. But I would agree with you about BB owning the classic button down collar dress shirt. After thinking about that more I'd agree that BB and Gustin aren't really after the same thing with their OCBDs. Hopefully that makes sense.
I'm with you, I too have ordered three pair of their jeans and am very pleased. Struggling with the question of hemming them straight or hemming with enough to roll. I'm an older man and am not sure how the rolled jeans will look on me. Shame because I really want to show off the nice green weft on the one pair. Just ordered a shirt to try, have tried Ledbury, but they are a bit young for me, and like OBDC shirts.