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My mistake, you are correct. H&H ready-to-wear is made overseas - it's their bespoke service that's still English.

I've heard good things about Emma Willis too, although I think the OP was concentrating on ready-to-wear solely. Any info on those?
T&A and Emma Willis are both excellent.
T&A uses mainly Albini, whilst EW appears to mainly use Alumo. I have a few of each, but they are expensive. Without harping on about Smyth and Gibson, I have around 30 made in Ulster shirts with Albini fabric. Most were in a 3 for £150.00 offer, some as little as £35.00 on promotion. My most inexpensive T&A was £50.00, but most have been bought at full retail as with EW. They are a lot more expensive. I only bought T&A at full price for James Bond cocktails cuffs...
 
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There are alternatives such as Ede and Ravenscroft, Thresher and Glenny. I am considering Dunhill for the first time in years. I have previously had Chester Barrie (60 plus) and Grosvenor shirts.
Last year I branched out to Italian shirts from Truzzi and Corneliani.
 

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T&A and Emma Willis are both excellent.
T&A uses mainly Albini, whilst EW appears to mainly use Alumo. I have a few of each, but they are expensive. Without harping on about Smyth and Gibson, I have around 30 made in Ulster shirts with Albini fabric. Most were in a 3 for £150.00 offer, some as little as £35.00 on promotion. My most inexpensive T&A was £50.00, but most have been bought at full retail as with EW. They are a lot more expensive. I only bought T&A at full price for James Bond cocktails cuff...
T&A I have experience with, as many of my own shirts are from them. Their 'Classic' fit is perfect for my build, even off-the-rack. I prefer them mainly for the fit around the arms and collars, and the Sea Island cotton is magnificent.
 

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The best value shirt available in the UK today is a Supima Pin Point dress shirt, not Oxford, from Land's End. Made in Vietnam by either TAL or Esquel. Usually in the sale for £24.00.
 

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T&A I have experience with, as many of my own shirts are from them. Their 'Classic' fit is perfect for my build, even off-the-rack. I prefer them mainly for the fit around the arms and collars, and the Sea Island cotton is magnificent.
There are probably only three mills making Sea Island, Albini, Grandi and Rubinelli, and Alumo. I don't imagine there is much difference. I am looking at the current Dunhill Sea Island cotton shirt, but Thresher and Glenny, EW, Budd, Sunspel, Strenstroms, Chester Barrie and maybe a few others produce or sell a Sea Island - possibly Hackett. EW is the most expensive in the UK.
 

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There are probably only three mills making Sea Island, Albini, Grandi and Rubinelli, and Alumo. I don't imagine there is much difference. I am looking at the current Dunhill Sea Island cotton shirt, but Thresher and Glenny, EW, Budd, Sunspel, Strenstroms, Chester Barrie and maybe a few others produce or sell a Sea Island - possibly Hackett. EW is the most expensive in the UK.
Good to know. Smyth and Gibson actually sounds interesting, how would you say their fits compare to T&A? And is the Dunhill a sale promotion?
 

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H &K are made in Scotland.
At least the package my shirts came in did.
 

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Good to know. Smyth and Gibson actually sounds interesting, how would you say their fits compare to T&A? And is the Dunhill a sale promotion?
Smyth and Gibson has several fits:
Classic
Contemporary
Tailored
Tailored Short
Slim

I only have classic or tailored. I don't really have a problem with any brand as long I chose classic or traditional fit. Lands End tailored does not fit me and Chester Barrie tailored requires the removal of darts. I am a big guy so I am happy with a tent fit.
 
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Good to know. Smyth and Gibson actually sounds interesting, how would you say their fits compare to T&A? And is the Dunhill a sale promotion?
Actually I think I will skip the Dunhill shirt, at £250.00 it's at the lower end for Sea Island cotton. T&A is currently £395.00 for Sea Island cotton. However, Emma Willis is now considerably less at £291.00 which is less than Budd at £325.00. Sunspel has jumped up to £235.00. Sadly Chester Barrie has shut up shop.
 

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Actually I think I will skip the Dunhill shirt, at £250.00 it's at the lower end for Sea Island cotton. T&A is currently £395.00 for Sea Island cotton. However, Emma Willis is now considerably less at £291.00 which is less than Budd at £325.00. Sunspel has jumped up to £235.00. Sadly Chester Barrie has shut up shop.
Geesh. At 291 I might actually look at Emma Willis myself.

Too bad about Chester Barrie. I think a lot of people don't pay enough attention to their shirts versus their suits. It's a shame, because good shirts make such a difference.
 

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Geesh. At 291 I might actually look at Emma Willis myself.

Too bad about Chester Barrie. I think a lot of people don't pay enough attention to their shirts versus their suits. It's a shame, because good shirts make such a difference.
The site keeps switching from £291.00 to £350.00. On checkout it was £350.00.
I do have a 10% off code...
 

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The site keeps switching from £291.00 to £350.00. On checkout it was £350.00.
I do have a 10% off code...
Very strange, as I'm seeing £291.00 right now. Maybe it's a glitch?
 

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It is a glitch. But the ladies and EW are wonderful....
My Emma Willis Sea Island Cotton shirt has arrived. I wish there was a WISICA logo to go with it. Feels divine.


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Let's see how this goes. I might get the Giza 45 in cream.
 

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