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Too bad that they didn't have any smaller then 15Â½Originally Posted by Aristocrat
these are arguably one of the finest dress shirts available
good question.......the James & Longbourne (J&L) dress shirt is ALWAYS made from the finest poplin cotton - as a minimum two fold 80s weave is used to give a luxurious feel - the fabric being the foundation of any good shirt. J&L cut their shirts for style and comfort, by way of an example, their shirts are made with a split yoke (this will allow the fabric to fall across the shoulders without unsightly folds or puckering) this enables a better fit across the shoulder. The collar also being one of the most important aspects of any shirt, is manufactured as a two piece collar that is non creasing and will give many years of elegant wear. Other features you would expect from a high end English shirt maker are:
all the fabric cutting and stitching is executed by machine (obviously operated by humans) - this is arguably better than hand!!! sadly humans have a habit of generating errors..over time....not something that James & Longbourne would tolerate within their shirts - unless of course you are tailoring a "one off" bespoke shirt, where a hand made one is economically more viable...that said, machines do operate wihtin certain levels of tolerance and therefore ALL James & Longbourne shirts are hand finished - i.e. ALL shirts are examined by hand/eye - every feature of every shirt - and any that do not meet the exceptionally high standards are rejected....I hope this answers your question?
Having spoken to the production guys at James & Longbourne, I can confirm ALL the stitching is done by machine (single needle - 20 stitches per inch) and the buttons are not mother of pearl - unless you buy one of their bespoke shirts (which come with "mop" buttons as standard).
the consenus among people who know far more about such things than I do seems to be that a split yoke is nearly or completely functionally useless in an RTW shirt and as such is mere affectationOriginally Posted by lawyerdad