I'll pipe up for Chuck. He is, as Alan mentioned, in Italy picking up the ties for the Regency event and Jill is dealing with a death in the family. I have mentioned this before, but I have done a great deal of consulting for RTW manufacturers. During my career, I have taught dozens upon dozens how to reduce production costs while sacrificing a minimal degree of quality. Only once in my entire career has a RTW manufacturer come to me and said, "Take my shirt apart and tell me how to make it the best it can be. Cost is not important". I was so shocked, I forgot to send a consulting bill. That manufacturer was Carlo Franco.
Yeah, he told me about that on the phone. I think it was really quite exemplary of you to help someone like that, even though he is selling a product in your same market. Obviously, the existence of his shirts will not diminish your market at all, but still it was a very nice thing for you to do. I am sorry to hear about Jill's loss. That is terrible. I shall have to send my condolences.
As for Chuck's (www.carlofranco.com
) shirts, I can honestly say now that you would have a hard time finding a better RTW shirt on the market, and I've owned many brands. The shirts are worth greatly more than the $119 asking price. My Facconable shirts cost $125, the Zegnas are $250, and I own a few that I paid a bit more. The Carlo Franco shirt "feels" higher quality than most of them (I have a Facconable that is a personal favorite). One thing that really jumped out at me with his shirts was the fabric. I always thought Egyptian Cotton was the cheapo stuff. The fabric in these shirts doesn't feel cheap, and definitely does not look cheap at all. It has a very silky, smooth sort of feel (and has a slight "shimmer" to it), and is very breathable, which I like. I have to comment again how well-fitting his shirts are. Like most on this board, I LOATHE tent shirts (Ike Behar has some real tents out there in this price range). The Carlo Franco shirt fits me extremely well, almost like an MTM. There is no excess fabric at the sides at all when I tuck it in. I will have to post a picture. I think I've said it all before though. Once again, if you don't already have one of these shirts, get one. They are worth much more than the asking price, IMHO.