The one on the left is 100% cotton, pinpoint cloth I would venture, since it has an oxford weave and is somewhat thick. On the right 75% Cotton, 23% Polymide, 2% Elastane, which might put some people off but being no fabric elitist I don't mind; it's extremely soft and breathable, good for summer.
Originally Posted by Kaplan
Hand stitched button holes on the black label one?
It doesn't look like it to my amateur eyes . Perhaps you can tell me?
With that said, both white label and black label seem to have the same standard of construction, the only difference being the slimmer fit on the latter. The armhole seam is unmistakably hand stitched, but the rest seems to be done by machine. I believe Barba produces a gold label or gold line which is supposed to be entirely handmade and on par with the highest end makers.
Originally Posted by jamesbond
I was going to buy a couple of the black label shirts from Ian but the fact that they are a mix of cotton, elastan and some other poly fiber made me hesitate. How do you like the black label?
Other than what I said above, at least all of the black labels in my size had wide spread collars, which looks great without being too wide to keep me from tying a double FIH, and unlike the modified spread like in the white label shirt in my pic, has the perfect amount of tie space. It is also extremely slim fit, certainly more so than any other OTR shirts I've tried on, and probably only comparable to something as fashion forward as Zara. The buttons are pretty thick MOP, and the collar bands on both shirts stand proud and tall at 1.5". Breaking the rules of the thread:
Thanks, I'll give it a try once I get my hands on a nice tan suit I was planning on ordering a pink gingham but it sold out so I had to settle for the pink check instead. Still loving it; the navy butcher stripe is really nice, I love how it looks tie-less.