Stripe 256 Fabric is on the thinner side, but not so thin that it is see through or is cheap, etc. Â Has a very nice finish to it so is pretty darn soft. Â In the end, you've gotta rate it as a pretty good broadcloth -- a solid B+/A - I'd say. Â Pattern is a little more edgy, but I've found it can be worn with a suit as well and it still looks good. Stripe 182 Another great broadcloth -- a little better than stripe 256 -- and in a classic conservative pattern. This is a really ideal broadcloth for a suit, IMO. Looks very expensive with a spread collar. This is a fabric that I swear I saw Borrelli using last year. Checkers 399 Unfortunately this fabric is out of stock. I also ordered the same fabric in a stripe variation. That is also out of stock. But, I think that my comments will help put some Jantzen terminology in perspective. When you see a twill that is labeled 'soft cotton,' believe me it will be super soft. While only officially a 100s fabric, the finish and twill on this shirt makes it look not only incredibly expensive, but makes it feel ultra-indulgent. Certainly thin enough to be worn as a dress shirt, it is probably the best cloth in my closet. So, my advice -- if you are looking for a very soft shirt that won't crease easily and looks expensive, go with the twills in conservative patterns. Twill 22 A boring white shirt. But that's what we always need, right? IMO the Jantzen white herringbone and this white twill are better than the 140s broadcloth for everyday office wear. They aren't as dressy inherently as the 140s fabric, but these won't crease as easily and should last a long time. I'm very happy with this shirt (as I am with the white herringbone I ordered - it's listed under dobby). Lavender pinpoint oxford This shirt seems more like an end on end fabric to me. The Japanese cotton is a little "crisper" than the Italians (I like the Italian fabrics just a hair better), but the finish is still very soft for a 100s fabric. I got this shirt for the color, and I like it a lot. It's a little paler than the picture would indicate, and I think it goes great with a charcoal suit. Blue herringbone A great pale blue -- again, the picture is a little darker than the actual fabric, and the herringbone is a great choice because it adds some texture without adding weight to the shirt. This gives it more character and I just think it looks more expensive. It's also softer. If you need a plain blue shirt that will work with all shades of grey suits and navy suits, this is the best choice on Janzten IMO. By the way, I also have a similar fabric from W.W. Chan, and I think the Jantzen fabric is actually better. I did get a few more shirts but the fabrics are not even listed on the website anymore. I also have a few more coming. I'm opting for pretty conservative stuff though, so I can't give feedback on the more edgy patterns. But, I guess my biggest advice is that you should order some broadcloths but also make sure to order a healthy dose of twills as well. The pictures are pretty good in showing how wide the twill is. Also, the fine stripe patterns are really outstanding. I'd heartily endorse those.
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9/26/04 at 11:55pm