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post #16 of 24
Gatsby, If by a shirt with cleric collar and french cuffs you mean a collarless shirt (to take separate clerical or normal collar), these are known in UK as tunic shirts and several makers have them RTW, though often in a very limited range of colours (white, blue and grey). A friend of mine in the Royal Army Chaplains Dept found that Clarke & Dawe in Belfast had them in a wider range. It may be worth contacting them, as I think they can get them made up fairly easily.
post #17 of 24
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Your advice sparks an interesting question. How many here DO try on shirts in the store? (I'm thinking specifically of the shirts that are pinned, wrapped, and packaged.) I know I never do.
I never used to, but now I always unwrap and either try on the shirt or at least measure it.  At Thomas Pink, they have "try-on" shirts that are unfolded and laundered for the specific purpose of allowing you to try on the shirt without unwrapping them.
post #18 of 24
Regarding the cuff holes...always understood this as a way to get a longer life out of the shirt. As the double cuff wears and frays on one setting, you simply change to the other holes and the frayed cuff is hidden. This was passed on to me by some London friends who also told me to never refer to double cuffs as "French" cuffs.
post #19 of 24
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TP shirts have declined in quality since they stopped having them made in Ulster and began sourcing them offshore.  Here in UK they are becoming just another chainstore selling mass-produced items. On a brighter note, I see from my recent visit to Jermyn Street that some of the better shirtmakers are now offering new patterns, some much more modern than before.  All is not lost, gentlemen....
What about H&K? Any nice new fabrics?
post #20 of 24
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Your advice sparks an interesting question.  How many here DO try on shirts in the store?  (I'm thinking specifically of the shirts that are pinned, wrapped, and packaged.)  I know I never do.
I never used to, but now I always unwrap and either try on the shirt or at least measure it.  At Thomas Pink, they have "try-on" shirts that are unfolded and laundered for the specific purpose of allowing you to try on the shirt without unwrapping them.
I did not try on the shirt at the Thomas Pink store because I never have a problem with a RTW shirt--Behar, Talbott, Polo, Brooks Bros., Lands End, etc.....   I should have known better.
post #21 of 24
Thanks for the cool tip - "Regarding the cuff holes...always understood this as a way to get a longer life out of the shirt. As the double cuff wears and frays on one setting, you simply change to the other holes and the frayed cuff is hidden." - like all good tips its obvious when you think about it. I have one TP shirt - picked it up at a charity shop for $3 and it has served me well - I like the heavy fabric, although I have also found the collar has been a bit of a trial. But for the price, an excellent performer. And yes I tried it on - I always try shirts on unless I know the brand, or at least measure against my arms - they are on the long side, and I don't trust packaging measurements.
post #22 of 24
I have three of the TPs and I'm not fond of them at all. Purchased 2 of them from Fields where the TP salespeople are complete gits. Returned one shirt 2 times due to a plastic collar stay that was imbedded in the collar. Stange that. Anyway, I didn't notice at first. But when it came back from the cleaners the collar tip turned yellow.This happened twice. And the ties are horrible. They stay wrinkled and they don't knot well at all.
post #23 of 24
Ernest H & K's window was full of sale stuff, so I did not see any new patterns. However, they usually have a good selection. I will be in Jermyn Street again on Saturday - I'll have a look.
post #24 of 24
I sold my TPs on ebay. It is absurd how high the price went (not that I'm complaining).
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