Originally Posted by potter AB
Thank you for sharing your experience, very interesting indeed.
Re: shirts. Mr. O'Flynn is very friendly and helpful as others have mentioned already. However, he has been very busy lately since he's also used by others (e.g. a SR company). Due to that I have experienced quite some errors like wrong fit, wrong collars, wrong cuffs, too short etc, even though everything was written down and even though I had sent a reminder with all details by mail. Also, prices have gone up with 25% in just three years and his shirts do not involve much handwork.
Mr. O'Flynn does make everything on the premises, though, so he does not use outworkers as Mr. Lachter does, nor does a factory assemble the shirt as other "bespoke" shirtmakers do. In the end, I am happy with the fit of his shirts when he gets them right. It is just the process and the many errors that take a lot of time.
I have had many experiences similarly with Sean!
He out posts his buttons and some of the seaming - some of my shirts were perfect, some so slapdash I think he personally just cut the pattern out!!
He does work both for SR and Jermyn Street tailor as/shirt makers as well as fitting in his own clientele...
I would follow Joe's suggestion..or Robert Whittaker at Dege and Skinner is excellent..
They made me a fantastic grey pinstripe wool bespoke ladies' suit a long time ago but they have a great reputation still!
The best bespoke makers are in Italy , not Savile Row or Jermyn Street:)
Or Charvet, or Alex Kabbaz in the US (both very expensive but on a different level.
I used to live in Paris and the shirts there are excellent but expensive - I used 2 Shirtmakers, one sadly now retired:-(