Best shirt

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  1. rtr

    rtr Member

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    I would like to buy a very nice shirt for a special occasion in a couple of weeks. The occasion will be reasonably formal, so the shirt will have to be plain white. I currently own shirts from Gitman, Robert Talbot, Brooks Brothers, Ike Behar (sp?), and Ralph Lauren, but I was hoping to get something a little more upscale this time. Not having much time, I'll probably need to pay close to full retail--up to say $350. Where should I be looking? Turbull and Asser? Somewhere else?

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

    PS. I live in the NYC area.
     


  2. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    At that price, Turnbull is no bargain. Borrelli, Barba or Charvet are better in quality IMHO.
     


  3. Roy

    Roy Senior member

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    Try Finamore.
     


  4. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Senior member

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    I'd check the Polo Mansion -- they have Made in Italy blue label shirts and usually have a white spread collar french cuff model made from 140s cotton. Thick MOPs, nice stitching, etc. And they are on sale right now. They retail at $185 but may be down around $100. Not sure if they'll have anything for you, but it's worth trying.
     


  5. bry2000

    bry2000 Senior member

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    I would recommend a white Turnbull shirt in their Royal Oxford cloth (vs. their poplin, which is nice, but looks like an office shirt). It is a very rich looking shirt. Charvet makes a sharp white shirt as does H&K (poplin is fine, the sea island is even nicer.).
     


  6. Patrick Bateman

    Patrick Bateman Senior member

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    At full price I'd go with Charvet over T&A. Although there was a great T&A sale a few weeks ago, whereas it's tougher to get a big discount on Charvet.
     


  7. Luc-Emmanuel

    Luc-Emmanuel Senior member

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    If you are ready for full retail and "white", I'd go for a white herringbone shirt. I think it would look the most "luxurious", whatever high end brand you end up chosing.

    .luc
     


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    Paul Fredrick has their custom shirts on sale. Even their high end super 180s and 200s. But, since they are custom, you probably couldn't get them in two weeks. TM Lewin is very nice and it would probably be french cuff. If Carlo had his in stock, you could look there. Right now, he has a bunch of herringbone and a few nailheads. In white, I think he just has herringbone in a few sizes.
     


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    bachbeet Senior member

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    Luc-Emmanuel: I see you and I absolutely LOVE that herringbone. [​IMG]
     


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    bachbeet Senior member

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    Anyone else remember that song from the 50s, called "Shopping for Clothes?" It probably should be the theme for this forum. Part of the lyrics:

    "Pure, Pure herringbone."
     


  11. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Paul Fredrick is not really a good shirt. The original poster wanted a step up from Gitman and Talbott, and I don't think Lewins or Fredrick is a step up from those makers. Budd of Piccadilly does a gorgeous white herringbone -- can order from www.classicwardrobe.co.uk
     


  12. bachbeet

    bachbeet Senior member

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    RJ: I guess we disagree about PF and Lewin. I haven't bought one of PF's custom 180s or 200s, but I do own a few of their RTWs and they are quite nice. I would assume their custom is even much better. And, they use some great cloth.
     


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    bachbeet Senior member

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    You could also try Kabbaz. I'm sure he'd have something in the $300+ range.
     


  14. Roger

    Roger Senior member

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    For those of you who like herringbone, as I do, there is an online sale right now at Haines & Bonner. They have herringbone shirts in their point collar collection in a number of colors, including white. You can get 3 shirts for 75 pounds, minus 15% VAT, plus shipping, so, although not really upscale, these shirts represent a good deal in my opinion. They are 2-ply 100s with MOP buttons and single-needle stitching, and come with French cuffs (which I like). Whether the same shirts are available with button cuffs I'm not sure, but this would be easy to check. To get 3 shirts of this quality for what would be about $138 US (including shipping--12 British pounds--and with VAT removed) seems great to me. H & B may not make the best British shirts (there's a thread going on now on AAAC about British shirts), but the herringbone got me. It's a large, stylish (to my eye) herringbone pattern. I ordered three--white, camel, and blue.
     


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    Roger: Thanks for that info. Unfortunately, their 16 collar is only 35 in the sleeve. An inch too short for me. [​IMG]
     


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