Originally Posted by Blackhood
Either you got your shirt from a fake CT shop (I doubt they exist) or you didn't buy CT.
Cotton is thin and scratchy - while the poplin on the bottom end shirts is reasonably thin, it is still far better than almost every high street offering. Comparing it to Pink for example, the CT shirt comes out favourably in all instances.
Buttons are plastic - CT do not make any range of shirts with plastic buttons (except possibly "non-iron" but I have never checked). From the cheapest shirts to the very top range (white or black label) they all have MoP buttons. Admittedly the buttons are a little thin, but I don't know of any other brand that sells shirts for £25 with MoP buttons and brass collar stays.
Sleeves too short - That is your own dumb fault. They sell four different sleeve lengths, if you buy the wrong one then go back and exchange it, don't blame the brand.
Woah, do you own stock in them? I purchased two shirts with the same labeled size and two ties in their Times Square store (so obviously not fake). As stated, I was happy with the black label one, however on the basic one the measurements are wrong. I needed them for a court case that dragged on too long (business related not personal) and stepped away from my usual staple BB GF or BF as I was too busy/tired to find the closest BB. The times square store did not let customers try on the actual shirts that they were buying but just had sample shirts to try on for size--which I thought was rather strange but I was too tired to argue. So, I blame them for the shirt not fitting correctly as the sample shirt fit just fine and it is not my "own dumb fault". Too much trouble to go return it now. I live in Philadelphia and don't know if we have a CT store nor do I really care.
I have never purchased any Pink shirts so I can't speak to them. I don't understand the value of brass collar stays and thought it was a little gimmicky. I actually like the RL BL curved colar stays best.
Perhaps the buttons they put on their English market shirts are different than their US market stuff but these are plastic MOP look alike. You can tell by taping them to your teeth or when ironing. I do not buy non-iron shirts so I don't know about that range. The cotton was not up to BB luxury line or BF which you can regularly buy in the US for about $80 (admittedly costing more than CT). I guess once you are used to a certain feel of cotton you come to expect that. Regular BB shirts go on sale here for about $40 so that puts them in line price-wise while their Black Label is in line with BBGF. Also, BB comes with silk knots in their French cuffed shirts. CT makes you purchase them separately.
As stated, I like their Black Label that I purchased and I have nothing against the brand. I was just sharing my experience. I also have BR shirts that have served me well for years that I purchased pre-SF that I am finally retiring.Edited by Patek - 2/6/13 at 10:41am