Current opinions on Dege/Whittaker bespoke shirts

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  1. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I used to visit NYC quite often during the week, but in the past year, almost never. When I'm there, I do not have time for teh trivial pursuits.


    It's your life but I don't understand this. I order shirts about four times a year and if I see my shirtmaker once during that time, that's plenty. He sends swatches and I respond by email. With the exception of Emma Willis who doesn't travel, Paris or New York are probably better options than London at this time IMO.
     
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    When I started with K he was merely somewhat more expensive than the alternatives. Then it became 2x, then 3x, and is now more like 4x. That all happened very, very quickly. His price doubled in less than three years.
     
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    Charvet is the best machine sewn shirt their is, next to Kabbaz.

    What about Battistoni? They do more hand-stitching than either.
     
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    What about Battistoni? They do more hand-stitching than either.

    As you note, B belongs in a different category. I was all set to try them once, but they said they didn't have enough time. Seemed like a good value for what you get.
     
  5. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    It's your life but I don't understand this. I order shirts about four times a year and if I see my shirtmaker once during that time, that's plenty. He sends swatches and I respond by email. With the exception of Emma Willis who doesn't travel, Paris or New York are probably better options than London at this time IMO.

    It was mostly indecision, which is not like me.

    I should have started with the shirts, then worked my way outward.


    - B
     
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    As you note, B belongs in a different category. I was all set to try them once, but they said they didn't have enough time. Seemed like a good value for what you get.

    Yeah, I was very tempted, but Matuozzo lured me away. It came down to the fact that Matt had a great personal experience with Matuozzo, and I knew of no one who had used Battistoni.

    For what it's worth, the workmanship looked impeccable. They have different options for hand-stitching, but it's mostly of the non-structural variety and they will outright tell you it's unnecessary. The shoulders and buttonholes are handsewn by default.
     
  7. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    What about Battistoni? They do more hand-stitching than either.

    As you note, B belongs in a different category. I was all set to try them once, but they said they didn't have enough time. Seemed like a good value for what you get.

    I'm sure that there a many Continental options if live there or travel there often enough.

    - B
     
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    I'm sure that there a many Continental options if live there or travel there often enough.

    Like Will points out: why does it matter so long as you can make the initial trip? Every now and then I get fabric swatches in the mail and they send me stuff whenever I ask for it.

    With local options skyrocketing in price, Paris and Italy seem incredibly attractive these days.
     
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    Wes Bourne Senior member

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    The most likely thing that will happen is that I'll order a batch from Whittaker in October, and then a batch from Geneva or Paris in November or December.

    Then I can decide which works better for me.


    - B


    You should add a single MTM shirt order from say Hemrajani to the mix. I'd be curious about a 'blind' shirt fit critique between the 3. If anyone would do this, it's you old boy! [​IMG]
     
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    Like Will points out: why does it matter so long as you can make the initial trip? Every now and then I get fabric swatches in the mail and they send me stuff whenever I ask for it.

    I guess it depends on personal preferences and what you want from your shirtmaker. For me, the first few fittings were important to set up the pattern, and having a somewhat local maker is good for that.

    Shirtmakers also seem more open to unusual requests (perhaps because shirts are a bit cheaper than suits, and it's not too scary to experiment), and I sometimes take advantage of that. Having them close helps a lot with the feedback loop to get what you want. But if all you want are the same dress shirts, then a remote swatch service would seem to work well.

    --Andre
     
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    Like Will points out: why does it matter so long as you can make the initial trip? Every now and then I get fabric swatches in the mail and they send me stuff whenever I ask for it.

    With local options skyrocketing in price, Paris and Italy seem incredibly attractive these days.


    I recall you were a fran of the work of Michael Korn, the shirt salesman at Arnys who resembles Tobias Fuenke. Have you considered a relationship with him? Shirts were a bit cheaper than Matuozzo -- only 550 euros.
     
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    I guess it depends on personal preferences and what you want from your shirtmaker. For me, the first few fittings were important to set up the pattern, and having a somewhat local maker is good for that.

    100% agreed. I had two fittings in Naples before they completed my first shirt. I would be much more likely to stick to domestic choices if that hadn't been possible.

    But if all you want are the same dress shirts, then a remote swatch service would seem to work well.

    Yep. It would kill me to have one slightly different from another without a really good reason. One of these days, I will get a proper formal shirt, though.

    I recall you were a fran of the work of Michael Korn, the shirt salesman at Arnys who resembles Tobias Fuenke. Have you considered a relationship with him? Shirts were a bit cheaper than Matuozzo -- only 550 euros.

    Nah. I don't need many more shirts now. I have enough Matuozzo shirts so that I only wear each once a month. If I only buy two or three a year, I'll always be well-stocked.

    Still, if the prices ever become truly outrageous and I have to buy a lot of shirts, I would strongly consider Charvet. We'd be shirt buddies.
     
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    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    100% agreed. I had two fittings in Naples before they completed my first shirt. I would be much more likely to stick to domestic choices if that hadn't been possible.


    Two is about right, and then you need not see the maker again unless (until?) you gain or lose ten pounds.
     
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    Have you asked your tailor Edwin for a recommendation?

    It seems like you have a longstanding relationship with him as a tailor and he would know your tastes and patterns as well as anyone but yourself.

    Does Steed have a recommended shirtmaker?
     
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    Two is about right, and then you need not see the maker again unless (until?) you gain or lose ten pounds.

    The beauty of getting shirts made in Naples is that you're guaranteed to have several extra pounds on you at the time.
     

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