I pay for my orders through PayPal, and they appear later that week. I wouldn't be worried.
Cottonwork doesn't seem to provide info on ply count unfortunately, but both are 'Super-fine Egyptian cotton' according to the website, and all are pure cotton generally. I'm mainly interested in whether TessMonti is noticeably better than the Thomas Mason fabric (which I have a sample of, and was quite impressed by when feeling it and comparing to Cottonwork's own fabric tiers). Thanks for the info re: ply count though, will keep an eye out. Generally 2-ply cotton shirts tend to be standard at the higher end, as I understand it?
'pure cotton' and '100% pure cotton' is a material difference, and can go to cost, as well. (At the risk of sounding banal, or snooty, but that's not my intention, I promise.)
Some labels will say Pure Cotton -- that is a reference that the cotton in the shirt is pure cotton, but it could still be a blend of pure cotton and any number of other materials. A '100% pure cotton' shirt means, well, that.
Also, Thomas Mason has a couple of lines of cotton - their standard line, Silverline, Goldline, a 'bespoke line' for P Johnson, and cotton they use for J Crew shirts.The grade of the cotton within the same mill factor into the cost, as well. Each shirt (made from Thomas Mason cotton) by different makers costs different.
Before we start splitting hairs: if I had to choose between the shirts, I'd let the workmanship and finish be the deciding factors. And as a tie-breaker, I'd go with whichever cotton felt nicer, personally, against my skin.
Do you think that there's any chance of younger Australians reskilling and restarting the niche industry? Or something that's just not forseeable?
I find these aspects of the business quite fascinating.
I am still surprised how few world renowned tailors have a decent website (Despos, for example).
Couple of questions regarding accessories:
Kent Wang for my first cuff links? Something simple like the knot silver or silver barbell?
What first 5-6 colours of pocket squares should I get for a navy and charcoal suit? Buying from Kent Wang, Sam Hober or Vanda most likely.
Any guide to colouring of pocket squares?