If I have a 35-36 inch waist, best to order a medium or large belt?
Does the leather stretch in time?
25 mm. wide? Not listed on site.....
What a question. Do you really think that we would sell two different levels of construction with no appreciable difference other than the fact that one is more expensive than the other? What would that be, some sort of social experiment? A blatant attempt to gouge our customers?
There is a significant difference between the two levels - one has hand-stitching everywhere, hand-rolled hem, etc... white the other has 5 hand passes. That's a couple of hours of extra hand-work by one of the seamstresses in the workshop.
The pattern is exactly the same and the parts that count for fit (collar and shoulder attachment) are done by hand on both - so there should be no difference in fit or drape. There should also be no specific difference in how long they will last - that's a matter of how shirts are maintained and cared for. The feel and longevity is also a matter of the fabric quality. We use great fabrics from the best shirting mills for both types of shirts, but for the most expensive fabrics, we tend to go with the handmade construction to do them justice.
The difference is not psychological at all - it is tangible and objective. The end product is different and more expensive to make. Whether the difference is worth it is up to each person and what they care about. Nothing wrong with the partially handmade Inglese - they're fantastic shirts and IMO the best one can find for that value. Most of our customers have a mix of both.
Neither Truzzi or Mazzarelli make fully handmade shirts or anything that resembles that. Their top level of make is what we call "partially handmade" with Inglese.
The only RTW shirt maker that makes something that is close (still not as much handwork) as the G. Inglese handmade level is Kiton - and the price of their shirts is more than double the Inglese ones, with inferior collar shape and details IMO.