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Who makes the best dress shirts?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kcgreg, May 1, 2006.

  1. kcgreg

    kcgreg Well-Known Member

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    Who makes the best ready to wear dress shirts in the industry?[​IMG] Just curious! Thanks in advance for the input.
     
  2. coachvu

    coachvu Well-Known Member

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    If you also consider price, I think Ike Behar shirts are great. I don't own one, but I've heard great things about Talbott shirts, as well.
     
  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    Charvet, maybe? I know that Alex Kabbaz, who knows infinitely more about such matters than I do, rates them highly. However, both Charvet and Kabbaz are out of the price range of a po' boy like me!
     
  4. Soph

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    I am very fond of Barba Gold Label for RTW in the sub 200 range on sale.
     
  5. Vintage Gent

    Vintage Gent Well-Known Member

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    If you also consider price, I think Ike Behar shirts are great.

    Respectfully, I disagree. Nice fabric, generally, but horrible fit--very tent like on me, and I'm no string bean.
     
  6. demeis

    demeis Well-Known Member

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    I really love my finamore shirt. But best is relative. I guy with a huge belly will hate Finamore but love something more generous like oxxford (?).

    I really like Talbotts new Estate instock shirts at around $235.
     
  7. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Well-Known Member

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    so far, Barba, to me is the best dress shirt maker.
     
  8. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    so far, Barba, to me is the best dress shirt maker.

    I would definitly say my Barba Gold Label exceed my Borrelli which exceed my finamore.
    However, I do like alot of the finamore patterns. And they are all very suitable. I do like my Luciano Barbera also, lots of interesting shoulder styles.
     
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    whoopee Well-Known Member

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    People seem to like Anna Matuozzo.
     
  10. chorse123

    chorse123 Well-Known Member

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    The best RTW dress shirt is the one which fits you the best. Fabric, stitching, buttons, etc, matters for pretty much nothing if the shirt makes you look like a schmo. Also, I think that once you get above $200 for a dress shirt, it seems silly to go RTW.
     
  11. Soph

    Soph Well-Known Member

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    The best RTW dress shirt is the one which fits you the best. Fabric, stitching, buttons, etc, matters for pretty much nothing if the shirt makes you look like a schmo. Also, I think that once you get above $200 for a dress shirt, it seems silly to go RTW.


    True to an extent, however the materials are the basis for all looks. You can have a perfect fitting HugoBoss materials/constructed and achieved nothing. Materials, construction, fit and style are all equally important.
     
  12. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Well-Known Member

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    The best RTW dress shirt is the one which fits you the best. Fabric, stitching, buttons, etc, matters for pretty much nothing if the shirt makes you look like a schmo. Also, I think that once you get above $200 for a dress shirt, it seems silly to go RTW.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    If you're generally speaking in terms of RTW only, I think the general consensus is that Borrelli and Kiton shirts are the best.

    If you take cost into consideration, I think that Carlo Franco shirts are seen as an excellent value. Also, it's pretty easy to find Borrelli shirts brand new on ebay or on the Virtual Clothes Horse site for about $110-160. Quite a savings from the $400-525 retail price.

    Charvet shirts are also held in high regard, as is Barba, Finamore, etc. Though I have no personal experience with those brands.

    Of course, you have to remember that fit should trump quality (assuming you can't have both), as a top of the line shirt (Kiton) that fits poorly will never look as good as a lower priced/quality (Hickey Freeman - not saying they are bad, just lower on the scale than Kiton) if it doesn't fit you well.

    Also, know what details you like, and what you don't like.

    I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned Hilditch & Key yet for quality shirts. At full price, they aren't that bad, and can be had on sale quite regularly.
     
  15. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    My stupid limited opinion, for what it's worth re: RTW shirts--(it's obviously heavily weighted towards a certain city in a certain country)

    1. Anna Matuozzo
    2. Attolini
    2. Borrelli (from the boutique)
    3. Kiton
    4. Barba
    5. Battistoni
    6. T&A
    7. H&K
    8. Maffeis
    9. Lorenzini

    The only MTM shirt I've tried is Kiton, and of course while extremely pricey, it's an excellent shirt. Fray and Finnamore are also wonderful, but I haven't had enough experience with either to comment fully.

    koji
     
  16. SGladwell

    SGladwell Well-Known Member

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    If you're generally speaking in terms of RTW only, I think the general consensus is that Borrelli and Kiton shirts are the best.

    Never tried a Kiton, but Borrelli's have never been good to me. Their stitching comes loose very easily. I've never even so much as had to resew a button on any of my Lorenzinis, and I've been wearing the brand for over 8 years.
     
  17. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Well-Known Member

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    Never tried a Kiton, but Borrelli's have never been good to me. Their stitching comes loose very easily. I've never even so much as had to resew a button on any of my Lorenzinis, and I've been wearing the brand for over 8 years.

    My experience has been the polar opposite; strange.

    koji
     
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    My experience has been the polar opposite; strange.

    koji


    Me neither.

    I bought a Canali once[​IMG] [​IMG] never again.
     
  19. pkincy

    pkincy Well-Known Member

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    The bad stitching on the Borrelli's may come from the counterfeit Borrelli's sold on Ebay. That is where I am having a problem. Nice shirt, nice fabric, horrible stitching. My real Borrellis's (with the crest) never lose a stitch.

    Perry
     
  20. A Y

    A Y Well-Known Member

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    Borrelli stitching seems to be very inconsistent. Recently, I had lunch with someone wearing a Borrelli shirt, and commented that his collar button seemed very well sewn, with a nice, secure-looking shank, while mine looked like an afterthought, and he agreed. Both shirts were relatively new, made recently, and came through Borrelli boutiques.

    --Andre
     

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