I own both the shirts and ties. I think that the ties will definitely stand out as head and shoulders above everything else you see out there in the same price range. It is obvious even to the untrained eye. The shirts are most definitely very nice. Someone asked about the fit, and to me that is the best part of it. The shirts have a slimmer, European fit. They may not work well if you're a bigger guy. Real, thick mother of pearl buttons, mother of pearl collar stays, etc. This is a very quality shirt for the price. However, unlike with the ties, it's a bit more difficult to pick out the differences versus the mass market brands. I've got a female friend who owns a Banana Republic shirt nearly identical to the Carlo Franco blue/white nailhead, and I had trouble spotting the differences (the buttons were the most obvious). Perhaps, as someone recently posited on Ask Andy, the Chinese really have cracked the code on putting out quality shirts for very low prices. Having said that, there's definitely some je ne sais quoi about the Carlo Franco shirt that I own which makes it my favorite. They are clearly worth the price tag.