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Beginnings of a Charvet Habit....

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by goldknots, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. goldknots

    goldknots Senior member

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    First time in Paris and today was my last day. Went to Charvet to browse because I considered it one of the sights I had to see. Before it was all said and done, I ordered a custom shirt and picked up a tie to match. I can feel an addiction forming already (thankfully I think the price points will act as a good barrier). Picked a rounded spread collar (it was so new they didn't even have a catalogue number for it yet) with double button barrel cuffs and hidden front placket. Salesman was extra cool, turns out he used to DJ and loves hip hop music such as myself!

    Should have it in 5 weeks, the wait will be tense!

    Question, how do people care for their Charvet shirts? Wash at home or send out for service?
     
  2. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    Derek Loves Charvet. [​IMG] I hand wash mine, hang dry. I personally dont like sending any shirts out for something i can do better myself. [​IMG]

    Their shirts and ties are tops. One day ill score me some Charvet Pajamas. [​IMG]
     
  3. Omega Man

    Omega Man Senior member

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    Watch out for their ties. They are well made, but they are very delicate. Let's see the shirt when you get it.
     
  4. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Ties self-destruct after 2.5 wears. Fantastic business model.
     
  5. Klobber

    Klobber Senior member

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    If there was ease of availability, my wardrobe would be full of Charvet shirts. Would like to see your shirt, post pics when you get it.
     
  6. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    I remember a young Spoo making his first set of SF posts regarding his trip to Charvet....
     
  7. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    FWIW I bought a woven Charvet on sale despite the reputation for fragility -its still works fine.
    I also bought a Zegna at the same time, a brand that usually is quite sturdy -thing threds just by looking at it. Hit or mis seems to be my experience. Good that you had a decent experience- some of these upper end retailers are notorius for leaving customers in the wake of their snobbery.
     
  8. DerekS

    DerekS Senior member

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    Ties self-destruct after 2.5 wears. Fantastic business model.

    Im wearing a charvet today that ive had for 6 years....honest to god it looks exactly like the day i bought it. Ive owned probably 20 -30 charvet ties and have only had a problem with 1...and it was bought on sale at saks and it already had some pretty bad pulls on the back.

    Keep in mind though, I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them, also, I dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them around my neck. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. Northampton Novice

    Northampton Novice Senior member

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    A Charvet habit is an expensive habit.

    Dig Deep.
     
  10. JohnShaft

    JohnShaft Senior member

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    "...I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them...dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them..."

    You know, I so rarely see people that follow the instructions in the owner's manual. Good on you!
     
  11. sf_esq

    sf_esq Senior member

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    I have a Charvet shirt that is quite nice, but overpriced and overrated, IMO. Plus, who has time to handwash and iron shirts? What is the cost of making one shirt at Charvet? Assuming it's at least $350 per shirt (a conservative estimate, no doubt), if you make 10 shirts, it's cheaper to fly to Hong Kong, stay in a 5 star hotel for a few days, make 10 shirts in the finest fabric from a quality tailor and you might even have enough left over for a fully canvassed top notch sportcoat. On top of that, they will provide you with much better service than the staff at Charvet. When I was last there about 8 years ago, the attitude of the salespeople was quite offputting.
     
  12. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I bought my first Charvet tie during a trip to DC in January. It's become my favorite tie, and I see more in my future. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. DerekS

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    "...I use a special hand lotion and white gloves when tying them...dont really "wear" them, just stand in front of the mirror without moving and admire them..."

    You know, I so rarely see people that follow the instructions in the owner's manual. Good on you!


    yea, im a stickler for the rules. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  14. mrmax

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    My first was excellent. My second and subsequent have all been spectacular. PV Charvet absolutely stellar.
     
  15. sellahi22

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    I have a Charvet shirt that is quite nice, but overpriced and overrated, IMO. Plus, who has time to handwash and iron shirts? What is the cost of making one shirt at Charvet? Assuming it's at least $350 per shirt (a conservative estimate, no doubt), if you make 10 shirts, it's cheaper to fly to Hong Kong, stay in a 5 star hotel for a few days, make 10 shirts in the finest fabric from a quality tailor and you might even have enough left over for a fully canvassed top notch sportcoat. On top of that, they will provide you with much better service than the staff at Charvet. When I was last there about 8 years ago, the attitude of the salespeople was quite offputting.

    They're much more than $350/shirt. A shirt in fabric comparable to Charvet's offerings from a HK shirtmaker will cost $300-400. In any event, you might save some money buying shirts from HK, but the savings won't cover the flight and hotel for your trip.
     
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    Charvet's sumptuous silks are unparalleled. Hope you met Yasmina & Alain? They're both classy people
     
  17. goldknots

    goldknots Senior member

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    The RTW were 285 euro's, the customs started at 335 Euro's, unfortunately given my neck size and body size I had to do half sized neck but full sized shirt body so that kicked it up to 390 euro. Thankfully I got 15% back on VAT so it came out to 331.5 euro for the shirt = roughly $448 US. It was considered a special purchase, I got engaged the night before and my fiance bought it for me[​IMG]

    I'm hoping the tie last a good amount of time, it didn't seem to be one of their more delicate weaves.

    I have to say the salespeople were actually delightful to work with...unlike the waiters at every restaurant I went to.

    I will post pics when it arrives.
     
  18. Imhoff

    Imhoff Senior member

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    I put the blame squarely on Spoo for getting me addicted to Charvet ties.
     
  19. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It was smart of you to set a high standard like this for future gifts from your fiance.
     
  20. Stedye

    Stedye Senior member

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    I have two Charvet shirts that I got as custom orders through Berdorf Goodman in New York City. They are great shirts! Both are well over 10 years old ,and, still look great. When I first received them I took them to the dry cleaners (Always requesting no-starch or very light starch) and this helped preserve the fabric. I now wash them at home in the machine and hang them to dry.

    If you like Charvet you absolutely must try Borrelli and Turnbull & Asser shirtings. Wear well and prosper.
     

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