Originally Posted by The False Prophet
I only own their casual stuff but I've tried on their dress shirts, and yeah, the sleeves are pretty short IIRC.
Kamakura (and their parent brand, Maker's Shirt) are like Brooks Brothers in that they sell different configurations of fit, collar size and sleeve length. So for a given fit (e.g. "Tokyo Slim") and collar size, you can select from about three different sleeve lengths.
This can make online ordering a little tricky. Various SF forumners have advised against the Tokyo Slim fit, but when I visited Kamakura's NY store (on 5th Ave), I was able to try various shirts on and found that Tokyo Slim worked for me. However, I needed the longest sleeve length, and it turned out that they had precisely one shirt in the entire store in my precise configuration.
Same deal when I visited the Maker's Shirt store in Osaka last January. They had one or two shirts in my exact size, which I snapped up. Knowing I would be back in Osaka in six weeks, I asked if they could order three pale blue poplin business shirts for me, which they did - without asking for a deposit. Sure enough, six weeks later, the shirts were there, waiting for me in the back storeroom. Big smiles all 'round, especially at A$67 each.
I would advise that you do your research carefully and make a "best guess" as to sizing, then order just the one shirt first-up. I'm not sure about their return policy (if any), but I guess if the shirt arrives and doesn't fit, you could return it at your own shipping expense. Be aware that company policy is now for all online ordering to be made via the NY store; their prices are substantially dearer than what's listed on the Japanese website. However, oddly enough, I believe you can still order through the Japanese site, although it's tricky...
One final word of caution: business shirts tend to shrink a little. It's best to err on the side of longer sleeves. In any case, if the sleeves are still a little too long after a couple of washes, you can always have them shortened.
Originally Posted by fxh
I think O'Shea is Australian and started off here?
Yes. He grew up in rural Northern Queensland. Somewhere near Mt Isa I believe.