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StyleForum Visits Kamakura

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Teger, Sep 25, 2013.

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  1. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    i wanna stop by in person and try stuff on. does not look like my size is available online for the shirts i liked, anyways
     
  2. Louys

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    I thought so too, but I took a plunge and got lucky, the 15 32-1/3 in the Tokyo Slim Fit was perfect. For reference I also wear a Brooks Brothers Extra Slim Fit in small. The quality of Kamakura is superior, the roll is worthy of some good hype, but most important for slim guys the TSF arm hole and waist size are better proportioned to someone with an already narrow frame.
     
  3. a tailor

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    That extra width in back is what gives you the ability to reach fore ward without restriction.
     
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  4. jrd617

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    I mean more so than my Barba shirts and Mastai Ferretti shirts. I don't know if it's a Kamakura quirk
     
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  5. a tailor

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    Its just their way of avoiding problems since their shirts are well fitted.
     
  6. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Well-Known Member

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    Had 2 shirts arrive today. Wow! They pattern matched the sleeve to the shoulder on a thin "London stripe." Honestly the only shirt maker I've seen pattern match for under $100 is Hilditch and Key for 55 GBP during their July and Dec sales. I think I have a new favorite sub-$100 shirt maker.
     
  7. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    That is why the fronts look so good and yet, you are still able to put your hand over your head!
     
  8. Winston S.

    Winston S. Well-Known Member

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    Great article. The only thing I would change is that most New Yorkers, don't consider the 40s to be Upper East Side. Mid 40s is Midtown East to me.
     
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  9. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    Reason #259 why I like Kamakura shirts:

    They are cut in such a way that when you wear them you actually look like one of those trim, boldly drawn advertising images from the 60's.
     
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  10. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    Reason #4567 why I like Kamakura shirts:

    MTM
     
  11. blacksamurai30

    blacksamurai30 Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered the Vintage Ivy in both colors. Thanks for the write up, you're making me want my order to arrive even quicker. Does anyone have any experience on how much tailoring these shirts need? I'm a 39 chest, 34.5 sleeve and 18.5 shoulders. I picked up the VIs in Medium but it seems the sizing is a little wonky
     
  12. TonioKroger

    TonioKroger Well-Known Member

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    They might be fine----hard to tell...
     
  13. aget19

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    I recently took the plunge and bought a couple online. One in the Tokyo classic and one in the new york classic fit.

    Being an Australian I can't exactly head down the road to NYC or Japan to find these. I'm hoping the sizing is ok. If it is I expect to order a whole lot more of these shirts. I have heard nothing but great things so far. This forum included.
     
  14. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Well-Known Member

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    Having now bought two of their shirts, I'm now less enamoured of Kamakura than I was. The shirts were supposedly exactly the same size and fit, but the second one was markedly tighter making it right of the edge of wearability. I wouldn't have expected this from an RTW maker with a good reputation; I wonder whether they are expanding beyond their ability to control quality...
     
  15. garyclark

    garyclark Active Member

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    I was skeptical about the fit, as I'm not a super-slim guy. And I assumed these would be the shirt version of skinny jeans. But they're not. They fit true to size. I'm a 16.5, 35, and they fit like a glove, but give room for motion. Frankly, I look better in these shirts than anything else I own. The lack of billowing is so good, it's almost off-putting at first. And the fabric and stitching AND COLLAR are much more than I expected at this price point.

    If you're in NYC, go the shop. Great customer service. I got a free handkerchief and a nice little fabric book that turns into a tea towel. But I'd feel pretty confident ordering online as well.
     

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