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Apollo Dress Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kloss, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1850124313/ministry-of-supply-the-future-of-dress-shirts

    Has anybody here had experience with an Apollo dress shirt? Am I better off just buying Brooks Brothers shirts?


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    Is it just a marketing gimmick to justify selling synthetic materials at high prices? I did a brief Google search but I could not find any reviews. Anybody willing to try it out and let us know how it is?
     
  2. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    "Is it just a marketing gimmick to justify selling synthetic materials at high prices"

    Any time someone mentions SPAAAACE, you can be pretty sure this is the case. Plus a lot of that crap about 'normal' shirts is ludicrous. I wouldn't be a 'last ditcher' attached to natural fabrics for nothing but sentimental/traditional reasons if someone actually came up with a synthetic fibre that was unarguably better than cotton for making shirts out of, it doesn't seem like an impossible thing to do, but the stuff you quoted above does not inspire confidence that these are the folks who've done that :)
     
  3. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    The part that really had me questioning the quality was (not quoted, it might have been on their website somewhere) when they said that the seams were machine-fused and somehow more durable than hand-sewn seams. But to be fair, the project was founded at MIT so I do think that the cloth features could be correct, even if the construction is questionable. The comments on the Kickstarter page seem favorable but I was hoping that somebody at SF might have tried it out already.
     
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  4. AdamWill

    AdamWill Senior member

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    well hey, it's possible. I'm no textile expert, just a jackass on the internet with an opinion. I am good at teh intarwebz, though, and I did a bit of searching for you, and I'm pretty sure neither this company nor the Apollo shirt specifically have come up on SF before. Now I read a few more pages and their actual website - http://www.ministryofsupply.com/ - it does look kinda like an interesting idea and the kickstarter page was maybe just a bit of amateurish PR, so I'd be kinda interested to know what they're like too. Not sure I'm interested enough to buy one though :p edit: also, as a 15.75" collar, they seem to have horrible sizing for me - "15-15.5" and "16-16.5".
     
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  5. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    Maybe I'll get one when it goes on sale (if ever). But at $108 + shipping to Canada, its not worth the risk of being stuck with something that I don't like
     
  6. shonofear

    shonofear New Member

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    hey,
    so has any 1 here had any experiences with their shirts or undershirts ?
    they now even have a 4 way stretch dress pant ! bit like stretchy hiking pants i guess, handy for the pushy ride into work
    i may hold out until more reviews come out but their Apollo shirt does look a better fit than my recent BB ESF shirts (wont need taking in on sides)
    is there any 1 on these forums who does product testing with detailed reviews, that would be handy.
    chur
     
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  7. Don L

    Don L Senior member

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    The MOS Stuff is outstanding - like Under Armor Professional Wear.

    That being said, it is synthetic materials but the implementation is solid.

    I have the Aero pants and the Apollo Dress shirts and during the hot summer days, they were perfect.

    By the way, the fabric on the Apollo does what they claim...it keeps you cool
     
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  8. kloss

    kloss Senior member

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    How does it rate during the winter? Better than BB?
     
  9. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    Some of the ideas on their site are clever, and I find the utilitarianism refreshing, but the notion that these kids (and only these kids) somehow stumbled upon the best fabric ever for the human body, (and oddly only applied to male dress shirts), is ludicrous. The textiles industry is giant, and anyone with even an amateur understanding of cloth knows that only a limited variety of fabrics are adaptable to the demands and social expectations of tailored clothing. Ignoring the fact that the descriptors on their website are hopelessly vague, that they think '12' prototypes is impressive, and that no athletic, womenswear, military, or other relevant manufacturer has picked up on it, I'd say this is pretty close to a scam... or a PR firm that totally screwed up some nerd's idea.
     
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