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post #31 of 37
BTW the best Brioni shirts I've seen are those made for Neiman-Marcus. The Brioni shirts at the Brioni stores in NYC had permanent collar stays and 1/4" stitching on the collars and cuffs. The Neiman-Marcus Brioni shirts have removable collar stays and usually have edge-stitched collars and cuffs.
post #32 of 37
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The Brioni shirts at the Brioni stores in NYC had permanent collar stays and 1/4" stitching on the collars and cuffs.
I'm not a big fan of edge-stitched collars and cuffs, but the permanent collar stays thing is appalling.
post #33 of 37
silly question perhaps, but if you have permanent collar stays, wont their impression be ironed into the shirt when you have it pressed, making it look somewhat odd?
post #34 of 37
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silly question perhaps, but if you have permanent collar stays, wont their impression be ironed into the shirt when you have it pressed, making it look somewhat odd?
Surprisingly, no. Permanent stays are usually affixed to the interlining - there are special stays, sewn or glued in, made for permanent insertion. Before I finally convinced my mother to be extra-careful in making sure to remove collar stays from my father's shirts before washing and ironing, she would often leave the stays in. They would come out of the wash looking rather deformed, and only then, before ironing, would she remove them.
post #35 of 37
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BTW the best Brioni shirts I've seen are those made for Neiman-Marcus.  The Brioni shirts at the Brioni stores in NYC had permanent collar stays and 1/4" stitching on the collars and cuffs.  The Neiman-Marcus Brioni shirts have removable collar stays and usually have edge-stitched collars and cuffs.
Indeed, those are the best Brioni shirts..I particularly liked a cheapie I got at last call with a wonderful 50/50 cotton/linen blend. It's a GREAT casual shirt, but I'm not fond of the collars on the dress shirts as much as those on the Neapolitans. koji
post #36 of 37
Actually, the collars on Brioni shirts are the reason I don't buy them (the dress shirts anyway). I've always thought the collars were too short - - I think they look too wimpy when buttoned up with a tie.
post #37 of 37
"Made in China" will be a hard sell, I think, for many reasons: -- Chinese workmanship is considered inferior, generally with good reason; -- Chinese goods are known to be cheaply acquired by the importer, making a high price difficult to defend (why should a shirt that costs the importer ten or fifteen dollars be sold in America or Canada for two hundred?); -- increasingly, Americans are concerned about "outsourcing" labor abroad (some will pay more for things made here, even though the labor doubtless often is illegal immigrant); -- purchases of Chinese goods generally support, directly or indirectly, a repressive regime that does not stint at torture and execution to keep its commissars in power. This last reason is particularly telling on my conscience. After a brief stay in Shanghai, Beijing, and elsewhere two years ago, I can no longer buy Chinese goods without guilt; purchases of things made in Hong Kong may be another story.
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