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Fine Shirtings

Panama

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Are fine shirtings such as Zegna 100fili
and Kamakura 200/4Ply just gimmicks?
I have had fine shirting before 300's etc. But do you need anything passed 120 two ply or modern compact 50's?

Is a finer cotton the answer? I have a Giza 87 on it's way, a lot cheaper than a Sea Island shirt.
 
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As with the “S” designations for suit fabrics, I don’t pay much attention to these things.

I’m sure they mean something technically, but I just go off the feel of the fabric and the finishes.

I’ve been wearing Kamakura shirts almost exclusively for about the past 6 years and in my opinion they are, $ for $, the best value in shirts. I have a number of their 200 / 4 ply shirts and the fabric is soft and maintains its qualities wash after wash. Some have been in regular rotation for about 3-4 years with little to no signs of wear.

I think as much goes into the construction of the shirt and the finishes. The fabric selection is but one aspect.
 

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Are fine shirtings such as Zegna 100fili
and Kamakura 200/4Ply just gimmicks?
I have had fine shirting before 300's etc. But do you need anything passed 120 two ply or modern compact 50's?

Is a finer cotton the answer? I have a Giza 87 on it's way, a lot cheaper than a Sea Island shirt.
Shirts with a superior thread counts look and feel great, and there are numerous yarn counts to experience on a plethora of levels; Sea Island, Giza 45, Supima cotton, 330/2, 200/2 140/2 double twisted, superfine cottons with extra long staple yarns. Gimmicks, they are not.
 

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The majority of my dress shirts are Chester Barrie/Thomas Mason or Smyth and Gibson Albini - this could be Thomas Mason, they just only specify Albini. My casual shirts are Lands End Supima. I want to get a few Sea Island, Giza 45/87, or Suvin shirts. My Profuomo Giza 87 doesn't fit, and may not be able to return it.

A few of the Chester Barrie/Thomas Mason are so fine, they are far superior than other fabrics in the range.
 

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