Originally Posted by findingthingsou
I'm curious: have you tried bespoke from other houses/tailors? If so, how do they compare in your opinion?
To Charvet? I've tried a bunch of shirt makers: budd, napolisumisura, T&A, Hermes, Burgos, Chan, kiton and probably a few others over the past 15 years. The biggest differences in my view between charvet and the others I've used are (1) charvet works in tiny units of measure. They will make an incredibly small tweak if you want, and they view minor adjustments as important; (2) they are stylistically agnostic. Loose fit, trim fit, shorter sleeve, longer sleeve, whatever you want is ok. This can make things a little tricky if you've never been through the experience of having a shirt made before, but they are helpful and can guide you. Just be aware that if you sat "give me the house style" they will say "what do you the house style to be?". (3) the fabric bolts at vendome make fabric selection much easier and more likely to result in getting what you really want. So much easier then looking at swatches, and the fabrics are beautiful; (4) you have to want the fused material in the collar for stiffness. If you don't want a stiff collar then charvet isn't for you. And if you care a lot about hand stitching then go somewhere else. (5) it's good value for the money. I know that sounds silly at such a high price point, but when you compare it to high end rtw, it's about the same. I'd recommend if you are going to be in Paris three or four times over a six month to one year period. It will take three or four fittings to get it right.