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Barba Napoli Shirt label quality differnces

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CaliGent, May 28, 2009.

  1. CaliGent

    CaliGent Senior member

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    What is the difference in quality between white label, black label, and gold label Barba shirts? I have a black label Barba shirt that says, "cucito a mano" and then I have white label Barba shirt that says the same thing. What's the difference as I am about to buy more Barba shirts?
     
  2. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What is the difference in quality between white label, black label, and gold label Barba shirts? I have a black label Barba shirt that says, "cucito a mano" and then I have white label Barba shirt that says the same thing. What's the difference as I am about to buy more Barba shirts?

    gold label are the best/most expensive fabrics, I think the other two are pretty much similar to each other.
     
  3. Hans

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    As far as I know, Barba shirts with a black label have a tighter fit than those with a white label.

    Have you tried Finamore? I think their shirts are much better than Barba and they have a similar fit.
     
  4. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As far as I know, Barba shirts with a black label have a tighter fit than those with a white label.

    Have you tried Finamore? I think their shirts are much better than Barba and they have a similar fit.


    Fit is all over the place, at least here in the US. Finamore is a better shirt but again, depending on where you are getting it, it could fit like a tent, like a sausage or somewhere in between.
     
  5. Hans

    Hans Senior member

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    Fit is all over the place, at least here in the US. Finamore is a better shirt but again, depending on where you are getting it, it could fit like a tent, like a sausage or somewhere in between.

    That's not my experience. I have about ten Finamore shirts and they all fit exactly the same -- irrespective of whether I bought them in the US or in their shop in Naples.
     
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    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's not my experience. I have about ten Finamore shirts and they all fit exactly the same -- irrespective of whether I bought them in the US or in their shop in Naples.

    that's wonderful but they all do not fit the same.
     
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    maomao1980 Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Ed is right, there are many different fits from Finamore, same goes for Barba. In terms of quality of Barba, the black label is same as the white lable, but is much slimmer in the sleeves and body. Gold label has the most handwork.
     
  8. guster

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    That's not my experience. I have about ten Finamore shirts and they all fit exactly the same -- irrespective of whether I bought them in the US or in their shop in Naples.
    Hans - maybe you happened to buy the same style of Finamore shirts here and in the US. But I find a pretty wide range of how the Finamore shirts fit. If you go to Ian's Shop the Finest, you can see from the same sized shirt (say 16/41), there is a quite a variance in the measurements of the Finamore shirts.
     
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    deanayer Well-Known Member

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    Just as an FYI "cucito a mano" means "sewn by hand" in Italian. Sometimes you will also see something like "fatti a mano" which means "made by hand". this is more likely to appear on shoes.
     
  10. CaliGent

    CaliGent Senior member

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    Thanks for all the comments and help. I do concur that the black label fits pretty tight. In fact, a bit to tight for me. I am getting ready to buy a white label and I hope it fits just right. I have a Finamore shirt and it is my favorite shirt! Where can I get more in the U.S.? I got mine from Ian at Shopthefinest.
     
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    earthdragon Senior member

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    I don't think that you will get a better selection or price, than Ian at STF.
     
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    White label - hand attached armholes
    Black label - same as white but slimmer, plus, i have noticed the buttons are less thick
    Gold - hand attached armholes, shoulder seams, collar and handstiched buttonholes.
    Also i believe they have a buonomassa line which is the highest, but i am unsure as to how they differ from gold label except maybe better fabrics.
     
  13. Danielsan

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    I wear only barba napoli, i have one Borelli shirt which is the same then Barba Napoli black label, they say that borelli is the same company then Barba, same factory. I wear only barba white label, the difference is just the size, the white label is slim and the black is super slim. Barba shirts are amazing because the shoulder fit is awesome, no shirt have this shoulder fit and i tried Borelli and Kiton and tons of cheaper shirts, they all wear like sandbags. There are some fakes around in ebay so i order from yoox.com or shopthefinest or small italian online shops. I never owned the gold label, in fact i never saw one! Show me a shop where i can buy it! I only know the "dandy line" which are retro shirts from barba and cheaper then white label.
     
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    Which small italian shops do you order from? Looking for a plain white Borrelli, Barba or Finamore with French Cuff. STF used to have a Borrelli, but they seem to have sold it.
     
  15. Gdot

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    How do those Barba's hold up under commercial laundry?

    I usually by Truzzi's - which are very hand sewn and loverly - but they are a bit delicate.

    I'm looking for luxury shirts that can also stand up to the cleaners. As I refuse to pay $8 a pop to have them hand washed if I'm going to wear one everyday. And I even more refuse to do them myself!

    Thus I reserve the Truzzi's for meetings, presentations.
     
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    Barba shirts are tough as nails.
     
  17. HEARTLESS-531

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    Did we ever get any input on where to buy Barba gold label? I wear the white label - love them - but I thought I might dabble a bit with the gold.
    Black seems like it might be a bit tight on me. Perhaps Ian could chime in on this guys.
     
  18. ThinkDerm

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    italy
     
  19. uniesse

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    Ian has just got a batch of them in right now - go and take a look. Not a complete range and not all sizes, but they're there.
     
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  20. uniesse

    uniesse Senior member

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    PS - Entirely selfish announcement, only letting the cat out of the bag because he has nothing in my size.
     
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