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Best shirt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by rtr, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. kabert

    kabert Well-Known Member

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    Charvet is certainly a good choice, though I've always found the collar points to be too short/small to work well for me with a tie. Among my pure-white shirts from Borrelli, T&A and Barba, the Barba is my favorite. Excellent fit (theworldsfinest/Ian Daniels on EBay is superb about listing measurements), amazingly fine fabric and a great collar cut.
     
  2. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    When in Paris, do visit the store in the First. There are many options for collars.
     
  3. Horace

    Horace Well-Known Member

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    Best white shirt you can get? I'd venture the broadcloth tennis collared shirt from J. Press.

    Viva La Trad.

    Horace
    Apostate/Former Wigmore Followers.
     
  4. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    My first shirt from Charvet just arrived this morning from Paris. White with wide spread, very thin purple stripes. This shirt is made to measure. The fit is snug, very European, no wasted fabric, something I could not obtain from RTW Charvet (or RTW anything) in the United States. After a few wearings and washings I will contact Charvet and note any necessary alterations and request a series of swatches. I am happily on the road to a better-fitting collection of shirts. Thanks to Kabbaz for his many writings on shirtmaking. These details certainly helped during my visit to Place Vendome.
     
  5. LabelKing

    LabelKing Well-Known Member

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    I don't like the collars for ready-made shirts when worn with ties, etc.

    So I have started to only wear detachable collars for when the occasions call for it.
     
  6. slaavwmr

    slaavwmr Well-Known Member

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    How much does a solid white Charvet shirt go for at BG?
     
  7. johnapril

    johnapril Well-Known Member

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    Give Bergdorf Goodman a pass if your in anyway fit. Charvet offers slimmer-fitting shirts in Europe; only tents for these big American boys. Buy your shirt at 28 Place Vendome in Paris for 275 euros and then go out and enjoy a good bottle of Bordeaux.

    Alternatively, you may FAX or phone your order to Michel Dussottier at Charvet:

    Phone 01 42 60 30 70
    FAX 01 42 96 27 07
     
  8. Coho

    Coho Well-Known Member

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    M@t,

    How efficient is the Vietnamese Postal Service? I think if you do end up taking the idea seriously, I'm just curious about the turn around time. Thick as thieves have their stuff made in China and the turn around time seems incredibly quick.


    i think the workmanship is OK. Good if you show them a ton of pics and insist on details being matched etc etc - then theyll do quite well. left to their own devices...well.....as another expat once told me about Vietnam "the only place ive ever lived where people will spend three hours looking for ways to cut corners on a 20 minute job"

    yeah, i import my own cloth for suits - made 2, 1 to go when i get time to do it. Been basically happy with the results.

    Cost hovers between $50-60 for tailoring on full canvas suits

    Trousers I dont care so much (its 90+ most days here, so I seldom wear a jacket) - i settle for look good, drape well, feel nice with those.

    Suits Im more fussy of course and insist on nice cloth, which I buy on eBay from a guy (how6955) in England.
     
  9. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    I would go to Barney's on Madison Avenue and ask for a plain white Kiton and Isaia and try them on. Both are great shirts. The Kiton is my favorite, above Borrelli and Charvet, with Isaia often a close second. A Kiton shirt can run $500, $600 and up if you get fancy fabrics and patterns. Several forum members have said recently that they bought plain white Kiton shirts at Barney's for $350. I have bought plain white Kiton shirts in the last year for as little as $200-$250 on sale or on eBay.

    Borrelli and Charvet are also excellent. A lot of it is just which one fits your build the best and has the best collar and details that you like. At that price insist upon trying them on. Good luck!
     

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