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post #16 of 44
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Originally Posted by kester View Post
I have a few TM Lewin numbers, and have been fairly disappointed with the results. The quality is pretty decent, and are fairly weighty, but the fit (especially slim fit) for me is a long way off the mark.

Saying that, I have a friend with a few and they fit him very well - the shops allow you try on all the different cuts and sizes, so give that a go if you're unsure (and over in the UK...).

I've found Hawes & Curtis slim fit Brandon or Curtis shirts (double and single cuffed) the best on the high street - they retail higher, but will bring them down to £25 for sales quite often.


How large are the collars on the Hawes & Curtis Brandon shirts? It looks like the Curtis shirts have a very high spread collar, is the Brandon the same or more toned down? Also how heavy/stiff is the material? I absolutely hate thin material that wrinkles easily.
post #17 of 44
I recently bought 4 x TM Lewin shirts for 100£ (Herringbone, St James and Luxury Twill) and they feel and crease like paper. Has this always been the case or has quality dropped? The St James was the worst, about 25 heavy crease lines around inner elbow (looks like an Accordian)
post #18 of 44
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Originally Posted by knittieguy View Post
They're not that bad, espcially for that price. Better than Tyrwhitt in my opinion, and a lot better than 99% of US makers, but admittedly not as nice as Coles, H&K, H&H, or T&A, etc.

The collars are a bit bigger than Tyrwhitt's.

My experience is the opposite. I came back from London with two CT shirts and four TM Lewins. The two from CT are superior. The CT's are better fitted around chest/stomach/arms, and they look better around the cuff and collar. Less bulky in the sleeve above the cuff.
post #19 of 44
Comparing TM and CT only makes sense if you specify the "labels" I know the CT range better best I have 5 CTs, 1 basic "white label", 3 Sea Island shirts and 1 Black label I have 4 TMs, 1 basic and 3 from a new range called John Francomb (supposedly a famous shirt designer) CT "white label" and TM basic feels basically the same quality-not great- basic office use –if pushed I would go for CT Sea Island and Black Label CTs are much better and well worth the extra 10 pounds The TM John Francomb seem like an attempt to go upscale (15 pounds up) - more fashionable & better quality- but not as good as the Sea Island and Black Label CTs So anyway CT vs TM is meaningless without the details
post #20 of 44
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Originally Posted by AgentQ View Post
Fit aside, how would CT and TM Lewin compare to BB?

I recently started buying some CT shirts and have found them to be far superior to the typical US brands, i.e. brooks brothers and polo. They have a more refined look to them, nice crisp collars, etc.
post #21 of 44
Been living in Lewins for 10 years or so and, value wise have found them pretty unbeatable. They're not the finest quality but at around 20 quid a pop, that's hardly surprising. I find the semi-fitted one fine: at forty, I don't want anything too tight. But even if you were to spend money on alterations, I suspect they'd still be good value.
post #22 of 44
It's the same type of shit that you can get at Macys (i.e. Van Heusen, ALfani, CK). I put in an order once and they're closet filler at best. Lol at people who think otherwise jsut because it's a British company.
post #23 of 44
Since we talking higher end prices, are the CT Sea Island at $115 a better buy then the H&K on sale at $80 US?

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Originally Posted by ralphwho View Post
Comparing TM and CT only makes sense if you specify the "labels"

I know the CT range better best

I have 5 CTs, 1 basic "white label", 3 Sea Island shirts and 1 Black label
I have 4 TMs, 1 basic and 3 from a new range called John Francomb (supposedly a famous shirt designer)

CT "white label" and TM basic feels basically the same quality-not great- basic office use -if pushed I would go for CT
Sea Island and Black Label CTs are much better and well worth the extra 10 pounds
The TM John Francomb seem like an attempt to go upscale (15 pounds up) - more fashionable & better quality- but not as good as the Sea Island and Black Label CTs

So anyway CT vs TM is meaningless without the details
post #24 of 44
I own 2 Lewins and 3 from CT. I'm 6', 155lbs with broad shoulders, so I tried the British shirts for a slimmer fit in generally. I personally thought the CT shirts were more fitted thru the middle. I thought their fabrics were very similar. Someone prior said that these are good for your filler shirts, and I agree. Good for the office, but don't wear for the 'wow' moments.
post #25 of 44
I cant really say because I dont have experience of H&K. First becasue you can (or could last year-it is always changing) get some CT Sea Island in theit outlets aand even their Jermyn store during sales for 32.50 pounds- which was the price I bought them all. H&K have less sales occasions , no outlet presence and the shop in Jermyn Street is just not attractive - I know this should be irrelevant but I hate the look of the H&H, H&K shops and the patterns they put on display are good for my long deceased grandfather
post #26 of 44

Does anyone know if the prices on their website reflect the prices in their stores? My gf is going to London next week and I'm wondering if I should ask her to buy me some shirts/ties over there or I should just order online.

 

Thanks in advance.

post #27 of 44

Myself, I like the TM Lewin shirts, I bought a couple of their casual range in the sale (£15 ea). I am a 43/44 chest and a large fitted perfect through the chest, shoulders and arms but huge around the waist...nothing a quick trip to the tailors cannot sort out however. For the money you can do alot worse; the quality is far superior to others in the same price range.

 

My stats:

 

6 ft 1

~195lb

44 chest

33 waist

16.5 arms

Wide shoulders

 

@LEgoiste - I can;t speak for London but down in Portsmouth (Hour and half south) they are the same prices, sometimes cheaper, I got 2 shirts for £30 as it was the end of season sale.

post #28 of 44
I am fond of TM Lewin for routine business attire. For shirts I just have one high quality TM Lewis twill but like it alot. The fitting isn't for athletic builds but I had mine altered.
I'd say notably better than CT (4 shirts) but not as good as the following UK BUSINESS shirts:
1. Thomas Pink, particularly Imperial 170 (2 shirts)
2. DuChamp or Simon Carter (2 shirts)
The twill I have would sit within Ralph Lauren range quality (7+ shirts), which range from exquisite to ordinary.

TP Imperial 170s are totally excellent business shirts costing around £120+ are near to bespoke price range

So I'd say if its a quality TM Lewin shirt its certainly respectable.
post #29 of 44
i have 4 Lewin shirts i recently picked up...gotta say im really happy with the fit....i got the slim fits, and they are near perfect. IMHO, their collars are the best in the price range. Fabric is pretty mediocre and the buttons are plastic, but what can you expect from a $50 shirt?
post #30 of 44
How long does it usually take to receive orders shipped to the U.S.? I placed my order more than 2 weeks ago and still haven't received it.
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