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post #16 of 19
Appreciate that this is not a new thread, but thought I would add some love for the "new" H&K.

I dropped in on the H&K Jermyn Street store while in London last Friday. I was curious, as I normally have my shirts made by Nialma. I asked to try on a 15.5" and 16" collar (I am 15.75" with Nialma). They were very obliging, and I was delighted that their new shape could have been modelled on me. Fit like a glove. Yes, the tail is very, very long, but when I tried it on this didn't pose any kind of problem.

I bought three cutaway button cuffs at £69 each (they're £79 each if you buy one or two). I'll see how they do. However, if they do as well in the next few weeks as they have so far this week (I have worn all three, Monday-today) then I will be switching to H&K for all my shirts. In the sale, of course! I may even try a sea island quality one, although to be honest I doubt I could differentiate.

Plus points:

* The shirting feel is good, ironing is okay
* Collars not hard or scratchy
* No gauntlet buttons (I hate them) but the gauntlet stays shut
* Decent sale pricing

My only niggles:

* No linen offering
* Limited sale stock (but then I was late to the sale)
* Sea island only in classic collar, no cutaway
* No returns on sale items, so make sure you try on in store (home orders are returnable, by legal requirement)

I thought the double button would annoy me, but it's been fine. Ditto the long tails. So overall I am a happy customer.
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hilditch and Key uses some of the best linen out there. They used to make a few linen shirts as part of RTW line, and they make a large selections of linen fabrics available through bespoke. The downside to bespoke linen shirts is they are especially expensive. I think they have some cotton-linen blends in the sale at this time, but it's just not the same thing.

However, the wool-cotton blends are superb. Also, the sea island cotton is high quality; I'm not sure if they are worth the premium to be honest. But I do own several of these as well. If you want a spread collar on these, I would check resellers who offer special makeups for their store stock.

Thanks for sharing your impressions and experience Rossjames. Hilditch makes fine shirts. I'm not in love with the new two buttons and new fit...
post #18 of 19
For those who might be interested in H&K's older trim fit model, we will be clearing our inventory of H&K in our upcoming Summer Sale which starts on July 25th.
You can send us a PM with your size and we will reply with pictures of what we have available for you. Thanks!
post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 
Hilditch and Key has brought back their classic fit shirts as part of their new updated collection. They state the classic shirt is back due to popular demand.

I can only imagine the issues discontinuing their original classic shirt created for many customers. It seemed like a dumb move to eliminate what was original and classic. I am glad customers like me, who favor the classic fit, will be able to purchase what they like from this favorite shirt maker without the wait and additional cost of MTM-bespoke to acquire it.

Thank goodness sanity has prevailed in this case. Cheers.
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