Originally Posted by yachtie
Just like some comments about quality and fit of these shirts. Are the collar sizes true, do then run tight/ loose, use good quality cloth and workmanship etc. What are their comparable brands?
Barba generally fits into three ranges...going from the least to the most hand-finishing are: black Barba tagged shirts, gold Barba tagged shirts, and then their Buonomassa line. The gold tagged Barbas are comparable to Borrelli, and I have found the quality control for construction to be more consistent than the Borrellis I have seen. Fabric quality in the Buonomassa line is comparable to Kiton...it seems to me that Riva is used, but I have only two samples. The black tagged Barba shirts often make no pretense of handfinishing of colar attachments or shoulders...such details are pretense, anyway, in RTW except that a spalla camica can be achieved at the shoulder this way.
In America, I think that one is more likely to run across slim-bodied versions of Barba shirts, compared to Borrelli, for the simple reason that Barba is not as widely distributed specifically for the U.S. I also feel the arms and armholes on Barbas are generally slimmer.
One thing I find across the Barba line is that the sleeves are shorter that Borrelli and Kiton. I am going to suggest this will produce a better fit for most without retailoring since I have found RTW Italian shirts will err on the longer side for sleeve lengths. If you have long arms, however, you might be better served if you must have this type of RTW Italian shirt to go with Borrelli or Kiton.
Overall, I find all these hand-finished Neapolitan-esque RTW shirts about the same: nice buttons, inconsistent sewing, sometimes nice execution of waterfall shoulders, fused collars and cuffs (unfortunately), and nice fabrics. In terms of construction quality, I find that all of these fall short of my gold standard for RTW shirts, Place Vendome-sourced Charvet.