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Carlo Franco shirts

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Got a white herringbone Carlo Franco shirt in the mail, so thought I would post my thoughts on it: Nice slim cut - fits beautifully, like a t-shirt (tried to take pics, camera having issues). Definitely not a tent. One of the slimmest best-fitting RTW's I have worn. No extra material on sides when I tuck it in. Beautiful fabric, very soft, feels great The stitching and buttons are gorgeous. Goes great with a Carlo Franco 7-fold. Shoulders are a bit tighter (narrower?) than the usual RTW. I ordered a 15-33, because I am normally a 15-33. However, I have wider than normal shoulders for my shirt size, and the sleeves as a result are about 1/2 - 3/4" too short. If you have wide shoulders, it is probably best to order a size larger than your normal fit, although I would suggest talking to Chuck about that first. Overall, a great shirt. I own RTW dress shirts by Zegna, Facconable, Ike Behar, Brooks Bro's, and a handful of other makers. I would say the Carlo Franco is of extremely high quality, great fit in the body, looks great, feels great, a notch above the rest in my wardrobe.
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If anything, the Carlo Franco shirts may actually be a better deal than the ties. The quality is comparable to top names like Borelli at a fraction of the cost. The white herringbone fabric is my absolute favorite.
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This brand = completely unknown in France
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This brand = completely unknown in France
so?
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(ernest @ Feb. 26 2005,08:38) This brand = completely unknown in France
so?
So we can ask why and if it is a good brand
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So we can ask why and if it is a good brand
I think that is the purpose of the thread. So far we have two votes of confidence, and no votes against.
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(ernest @ Feb. 26 2005,11:42) So we can ask why and if it is a good brand
I think that is the purpose of the thread.  So far we have two votes of confidence, and no votes against.
And we can ask WHY it is unknown...
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And we can ask WHY it is unknown...
I believe it is a young brand, and perhaps Chuck has not yet explored entering other (non-US) markets. Importation is complex and duties are expensive, to say nothing of other issues. He might be concentrating on building the brand in his own country before he explores other markets. But he can speak for himself, as I am sure he will. I note only that the mere fact (if it is a fact) that the brand is not (yet) known in France is not evidence that it is not a good brand.
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Chuck: Two Numbers: 16 1/2 34 PLEASE...... Kai
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(ernest @ Feb. 26 2005,12:01) And we can ask WHY it is unknown...
I believe it is a young brand, and perhaps Chuck has not yet explored entering other (non-US) markets.  Importation is complex and duties are expensive, to say nothing of other issues.  He might be concentrating on building the brand in his own country before he explores other markets. But he can speak for himself, as I am sure he will.  I note only that the mere fact (if it is a fact) that the brand is not (yet) known in France is not evidence that it is not a good brand.
Who is chuck? Is it a brand of someone of the forum? So I see why it is not famous... These ties seem to be made in Italy and import ties from Italy in France is not so complicated... The best brands can not remain unknown in Paris.
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I think the U.S. market just might be big enough to ignore Paris for a while.
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I think the U.S. market just might be big enough to ignore Paris for a while.
So why do so many brands (Canali, Cerruti, Zegna...) sell all around the world and not just in US?
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So why do so many brands (Canali, Cerruti, Zegna...) sell all around the world and not just in US?
ernest, Carlo Franco is not nearly as big as these companies. And growing too big too fast can destroy an otherwise fine company. Perhaps someday Carlo Franco will be that big, and will be sold everywhere. But just about every brand has to solidify itself in its own home country market first, before it goes international. That was certainly true of all the major international French brands. Hermes and Charvet did not start from day one in dozens of markets.
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The best brands can not remain unknown in Paris.
why not?
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(ernest @ Feb. 26 2005,12:34) So why do so many brands (Canali, Cerruti, Zegna...) sell all around the world and not just in US?
ernest, Carlo Franco is not nearly as big as these companies.  And growing too big too fast can destroy an otherwise fine company.  Perhaps someday Carlo Franco will be that big, and will be sold everywhere.  But just about every brand has to solidify itself in its own home country market first, before it goes international.  That was certainly true of all the major international French brands.  Hermes and Charvet did not start from day one in dozens of markets.
Is this brand Italian or US? How could I knew it was a new band (as it is unknown.) ? You have many brands which are not new but no famous in Paris, for exemple most of italian brands everybody talks about on this bord are more or less unknown (Isaia for exemple)
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