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Barbera shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mike C., Aug 11, 2003.

  1. Mike C.

    Mike C. Well-Known Member

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    I was at Century 21 today in Long Island and saw a whole slew of Luciano Barbera shirts for $80, down from $275. Is this a great deal? How good are the shirts?
     
  2. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    That's actually a great deal. I'm not sure who makes shirts for Barbera now...might be a neapolitan maker because of the 3-point stitching of the buttons.
     
  3. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Well-Known Member

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    if you can find the shirts for $80, i'd get as many as they have. a few months ago there was a lady on ebay selling them like pancakes for $125 a pop.
     
  4. naturlaut

    naturlaut Well-Known Member

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    I think Barba shirts are great. They feature handwork at armhole/sleeve joint, which I think is the most important part. The collar style is subject to your likes (or dislikes), but their high-neck collar has been the Barba brothers' signature since the beginning, and I think many designers had since made copies of it (most notably: Gucci). Among all the Neapolitan makers, Barba has the highest collar. Shirts are generally slim. Actually, I think that's the very reason for the scarcity of Barba in US, as most American men find it too tight. I, being Asian, find it just right. Burini (Brioni) ready-made shirts are almost 1" to 1.5" wider at the chest.

    Naturlaut
     
  5. vero_group

    vero_group Well-Known Member

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    Naturlaut, I think they were talking about Barbera, not Barba...

    Ironically, I wore a Barba shirt today for the first time. Thought it looked great under my Canali sportscoat. :)
     
  6. naturlaut

    naturlaut Well-Known Member

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    Oops.... guess I need to check my eye sight again. I'm at -9.25 now, so you see why ....

    Barbera contracts shirts from two different factories: one Neapolian who does mostly dress shirts and one (Milanese?) who does mostly casual shirts. What was the label on the shirt? Does it say "Luciano Barbera, The Shirt" or just "Luciano Barbera"?

    The former is from the Neapolitan factory.
     
  7. itzamazing

    itzamazing Well-Known Member

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    They may even get cheaper. Century has one more round of markdowns on whatever is left for fall towards the end of the month when the full fall lines are in. The NYC store is pretty much cleaned now, but I have been to the Jersey and LI locations and there are still goods to be had. Check back with them around the last weekend of the month and you may be able to even find more stuff to sell on EBAY.
     

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