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Average price paid for shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by brescd01, Aug 17, 2004.

  1. brescd01

    brescd01 Senior Member

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    Average the cost of your shirts in January 1, 2004 US dollars, if you must.
     


  2. sirgarnetwolseley

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    In the past, I've paid around $65-75 USD for English ready-made shirts but I've recently embarked upon my own custom-shirtery (a real word in my personal, made-up lexicon) odyssey (inspired by your experiences brescd01). I ordered a first shirt from Jantzen on the 1st of July and am patiently awaiting its arrival. And just last week I commissioned a first shirt from a local shirt-maker at a cost of $185 Cdn (about $141.50 US) plus 15% sales tax. Overall, the experience was very pleasant. It is a one-woman operation with a small display area at the front of the shop full of rolls of shirting materials (no books of little squares of fabric) and a workroom at the rear. Â The owner was pleasant and thoroughly answered all my questions. Regarding the design of the shirt, she acceded to all but one of my requests, and the one she declined she gave a convincing reason for. The collection of fabrics, while not overwhelmingly large, provided a lot of variety and was of a consistently high quality. There was a collection of about a dozen and half really nice sea-islands but I opted for a basic pink-on-pink stripeed poplin for my first shirt (I have no idea what mill it was from). The normal wait-time is 3 weeks but the owner said she was particularly busy and it would be 5 instead. There is no minimum order. If anyone is interested, I could give an update a month from now when the shirt is ready. Also, the owner also gave me some valuable advice on shirt care and ironing. It seems I have been doing things wrong all this time.
     


  3. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Please share.
     


  4. sirgarnetwolseley

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    Well, nothing revelatory. Only that I should wash the shirts in warm water, hang to dry, and then lightly mist before ironing with  a dry iron. In the past, I had been taking the shirts straight from the washer and ironing with a dry iron. She explained that when taken straight from the dryer, the intelining in the collar and cuffs is too thoroughly wet to be dryed by the iron and you end up either cooking the fabric to dry the collar, or end up with a still-damp and poorly ironed collar.

    She emphasised the importance of a fine mist as opposed to a thorough dampening by a harsh spray of water.

    I used to wash shirts 3 at a time and it was a chore to get them all done while still damp. Now, I wash them by the half dozen and iron when I need them, or one a day, whichever is more. Again, nothing earth-shattering. In fact, this was probably recently passed on in this forum; I just failed to register the information.
     


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    Nothing gets the attention better than having one's money on the line [​IMG] Friend of mine went to accupuncture for the prevention of smoking and when he was asked by his friends if it helped he said "Tell you what...After plunking down 150 bucks per session, you think twice about lighting up" [​IMG] JJF
     


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    Just bought a NWT Zegna Napoli Couture xxx French cuffed shirt for $31. Hot damn. The fabric and buttons are terrific. Just had to brag. LOL [​IMG]
     


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    I find that I'm most happy treating my shirts as if they were disposable. That way I don't cry when I accidentally spill stuff on them.
     


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    imageWIS Stylish Dinosaur

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    I have a couple of MTM T&A shirts...you be the judge.

    Jon.
     


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    If I included vintage/thrift store shirts (which I do occasionally wear to my office) my average goes waaaay down. But I voted according to my average for new shirts.

    I'm stupid for shirts. I need to reallocate some resources toward my feet.
     


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    Oh, is this only price paid for new shirts? I seat-of-the-pants averaged in my cost of the 12 or so "like new" Borrelli shirts I've bought on Ebay. Based on this, I put myself in the $50-100 category; counting new only, I'd definitely be over $100.
     


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    70 euros
     


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    I buy 40 shirts from Turnbull and Asser a year right now. I get them custom made in London and I feel that with this arrangement, I really cut back on a lot of headaches I would have incurred if I had sacrificed quality for money. While I am sure there are more efficient ways to blend the two, quality and price, I feel like I know that the product I have is genuine, reliable and sharp.
     


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    I get 31 shirts custom made each month from Charvet Paris. I never wear the same shirt for more than one day. I get re-measured once a month to get the best possible fit. [​IMG]
     


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    I buy 10 shirts from Pitbull and Flusser a month right now. I get them custom made in Geneva and I feel that with this arrangement, I really cut back on a lot of headaches I would have incurred if I had sacrificed quality for money. While I am sure there are more efficient ways to blend the two, quality and price, I feel like I know that the product I have is genuine, reliable and sharp.
     


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    MTM Zegna $325
     


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