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FS: Borrelli Shirt

amerikajinda

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SOLD I'm offering for your consideration this Luigi Borrelli for Neiman Marcus French cuffed dress shirt for $30 shipped in the USA, $35 to our good neighbors to the north, and $40 shipped worldwide. It's been worn a few times, but is in like-new condition with no noticeable defects. Size 18, with 36" sleeves. It's blue, very soft, and has a nice sheen to it because it's interwoven completely with white thread... (if anybody knows the name for this type of fabric, please tell me!) This is an amazing shirt but a bit too big for me so I must reluctantly let it go... Although Borrelli shirts need no introduction, I will nevertheless share with you the following information that I gleaned from various websites: Borrelli shirts are completely handmade by "little old Italian ladies at their homes in the nearby countryside surrounding the Borrelli factory. When the ladies send the shirts back to the factory, the shirts have to be vigorously washed because they are covered in cigarette ash, dirt from the natural oil in the women's hands, tiny drops of blood, and the shirts smell like food. Of course by the time they reach your Neiman Marcus they are perfectly presentable examples of high-quality craftsmanship." http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/...li-shirts.html http://www.luigiborrelli.com/english...camicia_en.htm http://www.luigiborrelli.com/english...amicia2_en.htm http://www.luigiborrelli.com/english...amicia3_en.htm http://www.luigiborrelli.com/english...amicia4_en.htm
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In order to see the incredible detail of this shirt, I have links to some hi-res photos I took: "Mouche - It is the small white pentagon, made of taffeta and folded in a triangle, which joins the front with the back side of a Borrelli's shirt. Its sewing is also handmade in order to give to shirt an incredible firmness." Sleeve length is about 36". It's 36" long from the bottom of the collar to the bottom of the shirt. The buttons are "sewn through a three point stitch, called "a zampa di gallina", [which is] an old but so wonderful looking peculiarity of the Neapolitan sartorial art that only skilled artisans can realise." The mother-of-pearl collar button is etched with "Luigi Borrelli", and is thinner than the other buttons (those thick, mother-of-pearl buttons that Borrelli is so famous for.) Hand-stitching everywhere: This article also mentions the "little old ladies who hand-sew Luigi Borrelli dress shirts out of their homes in the hills near Naples, Italy, [and have been doing so] for the past 70 years": http://men.msn.com/articlebbb.aspx?cp-documentid=899078 A little history: "Founded in the beginning of the 19th Century, the house of Borrelli is one of Italy’s most prestigious boutiques of high quality. Today, Borrelli has a unique pedigree and maintains a century old tradition within the luxury clothing sector. The men's wear collections are renowned for their meticulous detail, uncompromising quality, high aesthetic standards and distinctive designs. Richly imagined, the Borrelli name is synonymous with an indelible portrait of confidence. With strengths and values derived from the very fabric of the greatest Neapolitan tailors, a skill that has been handed down over the generations, Borrelli remains true to the Italian heritage of 'Neapolitan style'. Borrelli maintains over 3,5000 of the best Italian fabrics for handmade shirts and suits that authentically reveal a diverse tradition of elegance. Especially created for the affluent international gentlemen and tailored to those who are adept in the art of living; whose intimate association with the finer things such as made-to-measure suits, Italian Sea Island cotton shirts with Mother of Pearl buttons, the finest cashmere sweaters and seven fold ties which only increase their passion for style. Today, Borrelli embodies that same authentic spirit for Italian-tailoring while maintaining a quest for fabric perfection gained from generations of experience. From the heart of Naples, each distinctive Borrelli original is made with passion to be worn for people who appreciate the details. For those who enjoy the moment and with whom fine Italian clothes mean more than simply a display of refined taste." http://www.workhousepr.com/undergrou...seersucker.php And Borrelli is big in Hollywood! Even Harrison Ford wears them (if you believe the following article): http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortu...8050/index.htm NOTE: I'm not including the collar stays... since I can't find where I put them at the moment... sorry! As always, money-back guarantee if not completely satisfied with purchase. PayPal and all other forms of payment gladly accepted.
 

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Another measurement -- chest (width of the shirt from seam to seam where the bottom of the sleeve meets the torso just under the arms) - 27", so chest is 54"...
 

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When measuring, I just noticed that the very last button on the front of the shirt is slightly chipped on the bottom of the button (so it's not noticeable, and would be tucked into your pants anyway, but just wanted to throw that out there.)
 

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New price -- $30 CONUS, $35 Canada and $40 worldwide.
 

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Wow, that's a stunning amount of care put into a below $100 listing. The guy looks like an awesome seller in many ways. Somebody snap this up!
 

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Thank you, whacked, that's very kind of you!
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The shirt's not having any fun just hanging in my closet, so I'm trying to find it a proper home... a shirt this beautiful deserves to be worn!
 

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This is unfair, the exact shirt I have been looking for, but not my size. What an awesome deal!
 

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Originally Posted by P3R3
This is unfair, the exact shirt I have been looking for, but not my size. What an awesome deal!

Thanks -- it is a very good price for a like-new Borrelli! Maybe if it's just too big for everybody I should see if Kent Wang would be interested in making pocket squares out of it...
 

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Sold - sorry Kent! Maybe as I continue to clean out my closet, we'll have an opportunity for pocket squares made of fabrics from Kiton or Matuozzo or Fray or...
 

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The shirt arrived today. My first Borrelli. What a stunning shirt. Amazing work throughout. Thanks amerikajinda for a perfect transaction! The only problem- all of the other shirts in my closet, CT, BB et al, no longer seem adequate.

Cheers,

D
 

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Originally Posted by DShareef
The shirt arrived today. My first Borrelli. What a stunning shirt. Amazing work throughout. Thanks amerikajinda for a perfect transaction! The only problem- all of the other shirts in my closet, CT, BB et al, no longer seem adequate. Cheers, D
Thanks, D! I knew you'd appreciate the skill of the little old Italian ladies... one possible solution to your "problem" could be to save the Borrelli just for the most special of occasions, and use the other shirts you have for everyday wear...
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