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post #46 of 66
Okay guys, I will post better pics when I get to my parent's house so I can use our proper camera but I figured I have been delinquent enough and today is the first day I've had in a bit to actually post. I know the pics suck but I will update the pics later this week or on the weekend.

I chose a french cuff white shirt with blue pinstripes, with a semi-spread collar. There are about 9 collar choices to choose from and Mike can elaborate on those sort of technical details.

So...the shirt has been washed 3 times and it looks great (the updated pics will show this, I promise). There has been no real shrinkage and the fabric still looks like it did when I got the shirt. The colour is still vibrant and the fabric still feels soft. The shirt is Egyptian cotton, 80 double ply from the Prestige collection. I also found, and you can't tell this in the pics, that the fabric is pretty resistant to wrinkling. I wore the shirt all day and it held up really nicely-way less wrinkles than my work mates. I sit at a desk all day and by the end of the day I find that my shirt is usually pretty wrinkled but my shirt looked good today.

As for fit, I lost about 5-7 pounds from the time I was measured to today so that is reflected in the fit but that certainly is not Mike's fault. I got the classic fit and taking into account the lost weight, I think the fit is good. The sleeve length is good and the shoulders and chest feel right. The neck size is good and I got the neck to be little lose as I hate a neck that is too tight. The updated pics will better show the fit. I think I would get the more tailored option next time but since this was a shirt for business, I wanted something fairly conservative. By the way, I was measured by Mike in his showroom and he took 9 measurements and we discussed what the shirt would be worn for and Mike made some suggestions which were helpful but he was never pushy. I think the updated pics will show the fit much better and I have received compliments each time I have worn the shirt.

I like the details that make Mike's shirts custom. I love the grey MOP buttons and the contrast lining (light blue) on the inside of the french cuffs. The pinstripes also match up on the shoulder which is something I don't have on my other shirts (including quite a few a shirts from Harry Rosen). I've said this before but it is worth mentioning again, Mike is great to deal with and I think he would go the extra-mile to make sure a customer is satisfied with their purchase. I am satisfied with the shirt and would go back to get another. A couple of the guys from work are planning on getting shirts made as well, based on what they have seen of my shirt.

As for complaints or regrets, I would get a slightly more tailored fit but I think that is just because I've lost a couple of pounds recently! I also wish there were check fabrics to pick from. Other than that, I think Mike's shirts are good value and certainly worth a visit or try, even compared to some of the more expensive options in Toronto. I'll update the pics and add some information later this week or on the weekend.









post #47 of 66
Pics look kinda washed out and grey. Can you take another set of pictures in daylight? I like the fit overall but perhaps the sleeves are a tad too long and maybe a bigger collar would be better?
post #48 of 66
I will take better pics. It is a combination of poor skills, lighting and a bad camera. As for the collar, I think the collar is fine. I was looking up when the pics were taken so maybe that distorted the fit. I like the sleeve length as well but my posing was not great. Again, I will take better pics.
post #49 of 66
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Originally Posted by wetnose View Post
perhaps the sleeves are a tad too long

+1

My feedback:
-sleeves look long
-chest looks to be a bit big

Looks like your going for a normal fit at the waist, so that looks OK.
post #50 of 66
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Originally Posted by osc View Post
+1 My feedback: -sleeves look long -chest looks to be a bit big Looks like your going for a normal fit at the waist, so that looks OK.
I agree on the sleeves could be a touch shorter based on this set of pictures. As for the chest, it is always the customers preference on how they would like it fitted. Some like a slim cut and tight on the chest, some like a classic clean look while I have a large group who want extra room and are looking for a comfortable shirt. As for everyone's personal preferences I'm always happy to accommodate individual needs and requests. And as I'm local to Toronto it's easy on your first order to make any changes you would like done to ensure you are happy with the way your shirt looks and feels. ---------------------------------------- www.jamesvii.com
post #51 of 66
Hey, I've also put up a blog now so you can see some of the creations from my customers. I'll also start taking photos when people come in for their fittings for those who want to see more. jamesvii.blogspot.com Enjoy ---------------------------- www.jamesvii.com jamesvii.blogspot.com
post #52 of 66
I got a chance to visit JamesVII and Mike last weekend, and I have to say that it was a marvelous experience.

As a man with unusual measurements(15 neck, 37 sleeves), I was compelled to give them a try. Not only were the materials and designs far above my expectations, the service and location were both significantly better than my expectations.

Of course, the proof is in the shirt, which I will have in less than 3 weeks. This, for me, is quite re-assuring as I have wasted a lot of time and money trying to order from websites like Jantzen with absolutely no success.

I strongly encourage anybody who can make it to Toronto to give Mike a try, as I couldn't have invisioned better service. I was very excited about the materials, and will be ordering more shirts once I complete my final fitting.

-Dennis
post #53 of 66
Hi Everyone,

I'm going to host an event next Tuesday at the showroom for all Toronto SF'ers if you'd like to come by for a drink, check out who's behind all the posts for TO and see for yourself some of the shirts.

Cheers,

Mike

More info http://www.jamesvii.com/sfmeetup.php
post #54 of 66
I'm having alterations on a suit done at Raffa Custom Tailors on Keewatin (just north of Yonge and Eglington). They're fairly minor alterations, but I'll let you know how they go (not having a tailor you can trust is always worrisome; hopefully Raffa will be my guy).

Also, while I was waiting in his small but very nice shop, I paged through a couple of his books of cloth. He told me he does fully custom suits with Dormieul and Zegna cloth from around $1500 (and from other Italian milled cloth that felt and looked to be very nice quality starting from $1200). I was asking him some questions as to the degree to which these suits are "custom" and he pulled out an array of suits at completely different stages of creation. The suits were definitely fully canvassed. He claims to cut individual patterns for each customer, and it would, at least to my limited experience, appear to be a highly custom job. I'm debating whether to take the plunge and have him make me a suit (he says that it takes several months and a number of fittings; as it should, really). I was wondering whether anyone may have purchased a suit from Raffa before and if they could either post their experiences, or PM me. Otherwise, if I do decide to go for it, I'll try and post my thoughts throughout the process.
post #55 of 66
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Originally Posted by outkast2 View Post
I got a chance to visit JamesVII and Mike last weekend, and I have to say that it was a marvelous experience. As a man with unusual measurements(15 neck, 37 sleeves), I was compelled to give them a try. Not only were the materials and designs far above my expectations, the service and location were both significantly better than my expectations. Of course, the proof is in the shirt, which I will have in less than 3 weeks. This, for me, is quite re-assuring as I have wasted a lot of time and money trying to order from websites like Jantzen with absolutely no success. I strongly encourage anybody who can make it to Toronto to give Mike a try, as I couldn't have invisioned better service. I was very excited about the materials, and will be ordering more shirts once I complete my final fitting. -Dennis
+1 I had read some positive reviews here on Styleforum about JamesVII so I emailed Mike and was able setup an appointment for this afternoon at his Showroom on Richmond St. I brought along my wife and we had a wonderful time having a look at his shirts and choosing fabrics and options. He had a ton to choose from and the quality seemed to be excellent. Great experience overall. I ordered a bunch of shirts and will post back again with pics after they arrive.
post #56 of 66
Please do - also in the TO area and in need of new shirts for my new build.
post #57 of 66
Any further updates, particularly from those who can follow up with pictures?
post #58 of 66
I'll be moving to the St. Lawrence Market area next year.

Any good tailors that do alterations in the neighbourhood? I know of Bulloch Tailors. Do they do alterations or only custom-made suits?
post #59 of 66
Magic Tailor across the st from the Eaton Centre on Yonge. He's awesome and well-priced.
post #60 of 66
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Originally Posted by Franky In T.O. View Post
I'll be moving to the St. Lawrence Market area next year.

Any good tailors that do alterations in the neighbourhood? I know of Bulloch Tailors. Do they do alterations or only custom-made suits?

Bulloch does custom suits only. But they do alterations on things they've made.

Magic Tailor is great for everything else. I've had jackets shortened, pants narrowed etc. and the work was impeccable. Mehmet, the owner, also has great prices.
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