Eton shirt made in Romania?

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  1. SlowMo

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    Hi all, long time lurker here.

    I recently bought a Eton shirt online from a local mens wear store. According to some of the posts on this forum Eton shirts are pretty decent in term of quality. And I like the shirt I bought. But I have noticed that it's made in Romania. Not that I'm complaining or anything, but does that mean it is of lesser quality then Eton shirts made in some other countries? Or it doesn't really matter?

    Does Eton still make their shirts in Sweden anymore? The other one I own is made in Lithuania.
     
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    Eton shirts are decent, yes, and they're usually made in Romania, Lithuania and Estonia. Only Eton DnA line shirts are made in Sweden. They're much more expensive, and they are more impressive than Eton mainline shirts. Thick real shell buttons instead of 'pulverized MOP' buttons; very dense stitching, MOP collar stays, very good fabrics...
     
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  3. SlowMo

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    Thanks for your comment. I'm guessing most members here would think that Eton shirts aren't worth the full retail price.

    I bought my first Eton shirt at full retail price and the second one at a slight discount.

    What are some good choices for dress shirts at the $100-$300 range? I keep eyeballing Turnbull & Asser shirts on their official website but they are too rich for me.
     
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    New&Lingwood, Hilditch&Key, Budd... I would recommend to wait for Hilditch&Key winter sale; probably they will offer 50% discont. Turnbull&Asser also offers good discounts during sales (sometimes up to 60%), but their sales range is always limited (usually bold stripes and checks only).
     
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    Kamakura would fall into that price range as well.
     
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    It's very rare you'll find clothing manufactured in Sweden. When I used to work at Khaki's of Carmel, the former sales rep from Eton visited our store (now representing another "Swedish" shirt line, Stenstroms) and I asked why shirts weren't manufactured in Sweden. I assumed it was a labor cost issue, but it's a bit more complicated than that.

    While labor cost are a factor as well as having skilled labor to do the volume necessary for a company like Eton's size, there's a national and cultural idea that Sweden wanted to raise people up from working manufacturing-type jobs and and away from physical labor to provide a higher standard of living and better quality of life at work.

    I'm not sure if it's necessarily a governmental mandate, but I'd imagine there were legal and tax (dis)incentives to move this kind of work outside their borders.

    If someone on the board is from Sweden -- or is more familiar with the culture there -- and could elaborate on whether or not this is true, it'd be great to learn more.

    As far as Eton's quality goes, I think they're pretty good. I have one of their tuxedo shirts. Yes, you'll get more bang for your buck perhaps from smaller brands and definitely if you go MTM from various online shirtmakers, but for off the rack sold at retail it's a good value and their fabric's finishing does a great job resisting wrinkles while not being officially "wrinkle-free". My only gripe is that the sleeves -- even on the slim fit -- were cut a bit fuller than I like.
     
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    Eton shirts are great ,you can often find them on sale at Marshalls and Nordstrom rack i usually pay about $80 for them ,OTR they are great value.
     
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    Eton shorts are on sale 50% off at H. Stockton in Dunwoody in case any Atlanta members want to stock up. Pretty good selection as far as I saw.
     

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