Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Isak Bengtsbo, Aug 22, 2003.
What store would you suggest: Ascot Chang or MarcoBracci?
i've never done business with ascot chang, so i can't comment on them. i have a shirt by marco bracci that's pretty good looking, but i wouldn't order from them again. here's why:
i ordered the collar model "rapallo" which on the website does not appear to have a tie space. it actually has about a 3/16" tie space, which i don't like. the collar also has plastic collar bones sewn into it so you can't remove them. i asked for a form fitting shirt, gave them my exact measurements, and recieved a shirt which was quite baggy around the waist. also, i live in america and had to pay $30 for shipping, plus a $15 customs charge. ouch. the fabric and stitching is very nice, and worthy of the $140 the shirt ended up costing me, but it's no bargain.
at the risk of sounding like a commercial, there is a company called jantzen tailor which many of the members of this forum use. i have yet to order from them, but they come highly recommended. there is also mytailor.com, but stay away from the $65 shirts. you need to spend at least $95 for the soft fabrics.
I think I just heard the sound of a blood vessel bursting in Steve B.'s head...
Hey, Nick: Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow
Cut Steve some slack, when I asked about custom shirts a while back he responded with information on Jantzen. He did express his point of view, but respects others opinions. Quite the gentleman.
Ascot Chang makes a great shirt. Â I have ordered nine of them - 6 from the 57th street store and 3 when the crew from HK visited Chicago. Â The needle-work is top notch and the shirts have worn very well (surviving the abuses of my dry cleaners) and I am quite happy with them... As a decent fabric can come in about $140 I will be ordering more.
My only complaint - the collar is not as nice as T&A's or Borrelli's - again, not bad, just not perfect...
I would be interested in hearing your opinion of Jantzen.
I felt they were a little evasive in their original communications as to whether or not the testimonials they were posting were actually customers or Jantzen employees. If you check SF archives around Christmas '02, you can judge for yourself. And a couple of members, including me, asked them questions about their labor practices, which they didn't really answer to our satisfaction.
I haven't purchased any of their shirts, so I have no direct experience. I think most of the members here are pretty satisfied with what they've received.
Not everyone shares my views about labor practices. But I do think consumers should be able to make an informed choice. How you make that choice is entirely up to you.
Ascot Chang does make very nice shirts. I would rate the styling as a fusion of English and Italian. They order their fabrics from all over, though never exclusives. I once saw a shirt by Emanuelle Maffeis at Bergdorf using the exact fabric of my Chang made about 1 year ago. I should have bought it for comparison, but it wasn't on sale.....
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