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post #31 of 45
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Originally Posted by LEgoiste View Post

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.

 

Usually, about three weeks.  I have had some come as quick as two weeks and as long as four weeks.  

post #32 of 45
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Edited by bjornb17 - 9/6/13 at 4:47am
post #33 of 45
I have to say that in terms of comfort and simply joy of wearing, my favourite shirt ever is the most expensive one I've got which is from T&A. The first runner up is the cheapest one I've ever bought which is from TM Lewin.

For those who want the ultimate in craftsmanship and artistry I'm not going to argue for or against TM Lewin, but my experience with this shirt is that it is amazingly comfortable, easy to iron and just a joy to wear. It's in a very soft thin herringbone with soft blue glen checks and a purple overcheck. It's easy to iron, it doesn't wrinkle that easily and neither cuffs nor collar is fused, so everything about it is nice and soft.

Obviously the collars and the placket, as compared to the T&A shirt, are a bit less worked so it doesn't come out as perfectly smooth as the T&A does, but it's by no means rumpled, and considerably smoother than Pink shirts. The only flaw I've felt with it is that the sizing of the buttonholes is a bit too big for the buttons, so while this never poses a problem when wearing it normally, it will prevent me from say hanging a pair of sunglasses in the V of the open neck on a hot and sunny day, as the weight of the sunglasses combined with my movement will work the button open in a little while. If just wearing it normally, or especially if wearing it buttoned all the way up and with a tie, it's never been an issue.

If I could find this same shirt again and had the option to buy it all over again, I definitely would. I still would at double and probably triple the price too. The main attraction though is the wonderful fabric, so this doesn't apply to any TM lewin shirt as they might have some bad ones, but they definitely have some good ones too.
post #34 of 45

Some here scorn Lewin for their offerings, but personally I feel they offer a good service at a very competitive price. For someone starting out, say an intern or office junior who needs a suit, they are just the job. Their shirts also come in an amazing range of sizes - various sleeve lengths for each collar size. Others have commented that they shrink, which can happen. If buying their shirts, it is wise to go up a half-inch in collar size. Their shirts come in too great a range of fabrics to generalise, but the seasoned shirt-buyer should easily be able to pick out those fabrics that offer the best quality and comfort. The cut of most of their shirts tends to be over-generous, which I quite like but I know many prefer their shirts to be slim-fitting.

 

In summary, for everyday office wear I find their shirts offer far better value than any of the other Jermyn Street shops - the last lot I got there were five for £100, but usually you get four.

post #35 of 45

Does anyone have any TM Lewin coupon codes?

Thanks in advance.

post #36 of 45
In my experience the collars become rubbish after a few washes. slim fit is bulky and I'm not super skinny. I'd rather buy 1 eton shirt then 4 tm shirts.
post #37 of 45
I have a couple of TM Lewin shirts. My impression is:
  • Fabrics are nothing special but OK. I am quite happy with their twills and pinpoint fabrics, which have a nice feel and do not wrinkle excessively. The herringbones are a bit too thin for my taste and wrinkle very easily. I only had two poplin shirts, of which one is quite nice whereas the other one was shrinking like crazy after the first laundry.
  • Buttons are plastic and exactly what one would expect at this price point
  • Finishing is nothing special, but I did not have any issues so far with dissolving seams and / or button holes. Pattern matching is OK.
  • Collars are unfused, which I prefer. Obviously ironing them requires more effort. I can also not second da goat's experience with them falling apart

I think they compare well with shirts of CT, their main competitor. Indeed, I think that TM Lewin uses nicer fabrics, has better pattern matching and I definitely prefer the wider spread of their classic collar over the one of CT.

Comparing TM Lewin to my significantly more expansive bespoke / mtm shirts would not be fair and when the occasion requires a perfect look I will certainly not pull a TM Lewin shirt out of my closet. However, I like them for days when I need to travel etc.
post #38 of 45

I have to chime in as I have several TML shirts.

 

When I first came in contact with TML shirts, a few years ago, I found them to be of a very nice quality. Good collars and cuffs and the fabrics were very soft to the touch, especially the twill ones. I don't mind the plastic buttons and they respond well to washing (note that I always wash them using "quick wash").

The newer ones that I have recieved this year have not been as good. The occasional unbalanced collar and stitching not really up to par. The fabrics also seem to be a little "harsher" and not as soft and supple as they used to be.

 

However, getting 4 och 5 for £100, it's still a great shirt for it's price and if you don't feel like spending £250 on a single shirt from T&A, then TML is your place to go. Now I know that T&A RTW shirts are much cheaper than £250 but considering that they don't have TML's spledid choice of sleeve lengths, you will still end up with thier MTO range, hence the price.

I will be shopping with TML and have great fun doing it!

post #39 of 45

I think that TM Lewin shirts easily compare to most of upper-level shirts. If they did some mock "rebranding" for fun with some better brands I believe 99% of people wouldn't notice the difference (well, to be honest I think that for many other brands and products...).

 

Also,I believe that Lewin does not sell shoes anymore, but I if you happen to find them on eBay or other second-hand stores, my advice is to buy them with confidence. I just purchased a pair of suede derbys and they look and feel great - perfect fit, nice and soft leather. They easily compare to Loake, and they also usually sell at really cheap prices (I paid 17 EUR for these).

post #40 of 45

The plackets on Lewin shirts are absolutely shocking. After the first wash, the placket becomes irredeemably rumpled. It's impossible to smooth out and herein lies the fundamental problem with Lewins shirts. 

 

If it wasn't for the placket, I would wear their shirts for work every day. They have a huge choice, good range of fits at very competitive prices. (No MOP buttons, but these can always be changed.)

 

One thing that can't be changed though... is the placket :( 

post #41 of 45
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Originally Posted by tommyuk81 View Post

The plackets on Lewin shirts are absolutely shocking. After the first wash, the placket becomes irredeemably rumpled. It's impossible to smooth out and herein lies the fundamental problem with Lewins shirts. 

If it wasn't for the placket, I would wear their shirts for work every day. They have a huge choice, good range of fits at very competitive prices. (No MOP buttons, but these can always be changed.)

One thing that can't be changed though... is the placket frown.gif 

That's exaggerated. I wore TM Lewin shirts for over 10 years and I never experienced what you described. I still have one shirt that is 7 years old that still looks new with regular use. If I didn't have any experience owning TM shirts I would have read this and panicked.
post #42 of 45
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That's exaggerated. I wore TM Lewin shirts for over 10 years and I never experienced what you described. I still have one shirt that is 7 years old that still looks new with regular use. If I didn't have any experience owning TM shirts I would have read this and panicked.

 

Well, I hope no one would panic! It's really not worth panicking over! 

 

I have had many of their shirts over a similar period. I still occasionally buy them, but I know their limits. The placket lets them down. If you have worn them for over 10 years, I just can't believe you haven't experienced it. 

 

I can only think it's a question of degree. To be fair, "absolutely shocking" may be a little exaggerated, but they're certainly not good. I will try to post a photo of what I'm talking about, with one of my Lewin shirts next to one of my Harvie and Hudson shirts of a similar age. 

post #43 of 45
I have a couple of TM Lewin fully fitted shirts and love them. I've been wearing them once or twice a month. No placket issues for mines. Though, I hang them right away after washing and drying them.
post #44 of 45
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Originally Posted by kulata View Post


That's exaggerated. I wore TM Lewin shirts for over 10 years and I never experienced what you described. I still have one shirt that is 7 years old that still looks new with regular use. If I didn't have any experience owning TM shirts I would have read this and panicked.


+1

 

Never had any problems with my plackets.

post #45 of 45

Since it is the most popular TM Lewin – related thread on the Forum I could find, I have to share my recent experience with TM Lewin shirts.

 

This has to do only with the collar point length.

 

Couple of years ago, with my first order of TM Lewin shirts (fall of 2012), the “cutaway” collared shirts had an insert in them that read “6.0”, while the “extreme cutaway” collars were marked “5.0”. 
Couple of weeks ago I’ve ordered more shirts – all in “cutaway” collars, and the inserts on the new batch of shirts reads “5.5”.  

 

I am a bit disappointed, to be honest, since the shorter collar means more “collar gap” with my jackets, and a unpleasant fit over some of the thicker ties I own (the tips of the collar points fail to “land” on the shirt).

 

Anyway, just my 2 cents.

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