Gustin - Official Affiliate Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by joshgustin, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. gustin

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    I don't - Josh and I keep forgetting to add a pair into production for ourselves. Another customer who got a pair the first time around might have pics though.
     


  2. James Xavier

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    My size is a 34. Had a question about your straight fit size 32 actual waist is 32.5 and size 33 is actually a 34, I am kind of in the middle of the sizes, 32 might not stretch enough and 33 will stretch out to much. Since you can't exchange I want to get it right, what do you recommend? Thanks
     


  3. wdahab

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    As some sizing advice, in most brands, like Levi's and vanity-sized chinos (like Banana Republic) I'm a 30. In Gustin, I'm a 31, with a slight squeeze. 30 wasn't even close. So I think for in between, erring up might be better.
     


  4. joshgustin

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    James,

    I would recommend going with the 33. The 32 may be too tight to get on to break in.

    I can also clarify how we handle exchanges. We know finding the right size in a new brand is really important. If you're domestic, we look for a similar style to swap for right away. Given that we hold very little inventory a swap may not be possible, so we'd give you a store credit so you can back a new style in the right size. For international orders we offer a store credit.

    Hope this helps. Want me to check what we have on hand for a 33? Shoot me a PM if you're interested.

    Thanks.
     


  5. Harvitz81

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    Any thoughts on bringing back that italian silk selvage with the unique ID? Missed the backing of that one and it seemed like a one time deal.
     


  6. cthip

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    EDIT: after staring at my shirt, my photo, Gustin's photo and back and forth again, I've come to a somewhat different conclusion. My shirt and Gustin's photo are in fact slightly different fabrics. Gustin's photo clearly shows alternating lines of blue-green-blue-green in both the horizontal and vertical directions. Mine is so similar I barely noticed, but after staring at it, all of the vertical lines in my fabric are blue, and all of the horizontal lines in my fabric are green. It's a tiny distinction, but it accounts for many of my comments and complaints below. I'll leave the comments unedited because I think they still stand, but this might not be Gustin's fault. My best guess is that the supplier switched the fabrics on them and either didn't notice (because they really are quite similar) or chose not to tell them.


    ORIGINAL REVIEW: Agreed, there doesn't seem to be much real-world info on the shirts on this board, or anywhere on the internet!

    I received mine a few days ago and will post photos soon. It's the navy-hunter OCBD.

    First impression: it's a pretty nice shirt. As mentioned above, the buttons are thin but they're real MOP so no complaints I guess. Fit seemed good out of the box, and will probably improve after a few washes. Plenty of sleeve length which is awesome--I frequently have a problem there with other shirts. I may need to have it tailored, but that's due to my body type (all my shirts need darts) rather than a flaw in the shirt.

    My only complaints so far are with the fabric, and more specifically the photos of the fabric. It's not a quality issue, the fabric is very soft and feels good when you wear it. It is VERY lightweight though, it feels like half the thickness of OCBDs from Brooks Brothers or Land's End. Gustin does list the weight of the fabric at 4.0 oz, but I don't have much frame of reference for shirting weight. Let's just say that it's not very "substantial" for an Oxford cloth. The downside of this is that the combination of softness, light weight, and VERY fine texture make it feel a little too "formal" to wear with jeans. It almost feels like a dress shirt. As it gets colder I'll probably end up layering it under sweaters, so the lightness of the fabric won't be a big issue.

    My bigger problem though is with the photos of the fabric. All we get from Gustin (on any of their shirts) are two shots of small fabric swatches. Do they not have sample shirts made up prior to production? Would it be too much to ask to get a photo or two of those? The scale of the gingham pattern is quite a bit smaller than I had expected based on the photos. The color also seems off. You can barely see the hunter green and the navy is a very deep dark navy. Neither of these facts come through in Gustin's photos. The overall effect is that the shirt looks like a gray shirt, or a shirt with a tiny black/gray micro-check pattern. These aren't "flaws" per se, just surprises. The shirt just doesn't quite look like what I had imagined based on photos of tiny swatches. If Gustin could post photos of a sample-shirt instead of swatches, it would remove surprise from the equation.

    In any case, it sounds like I'm nit-picking, and I am. It's a nice shirt and easily holds its own against any other shirts in its price range. I point out the flaws only to inform others of things I wish I had known before I had ordered. Even having known those things, I'd still have bought the Gustin shirt but I'd have altered my expectations accordingly. Gustin asserts that its shirts are similar to shirts in the $175-$300 price range. I have only one shirt in that range (Gitman Bros) and it's not an apples-to-apples comparison since that's a linen shirt, but I will say this: my Gitman Bros shirt is quite a bit nicer than my Gustin shirt.

    UPDATE: Now with photos.

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    Close-up of fabric. Behind is a gray chambray for comparison. They're not the same, but they're close. Compare that to Gustin's photo of the fabric showing pretty intense blue and green.

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    Sure, different cameras different lighting, but my photo is much closer to real-life than Gustin's.

    On to fit pics. For reference, this is a size L and I'm about 6'1" 170 lbs.

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    Sorry for the crappy point and shoot photos, they look a bit better if you click to expand them. Also note how, from just a few feet away the scale of the pattern tends to disappear and the shirt overall looks gray. Granted, a crappy indoor photo accents this slightly, but would you have expected the pattern to disappear based on the photo of the fabric provided by Gustin above?

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    If you're curious about the size of the arm holes, they are cut pretty high which is a good thing for lanky guys like me. Something might be odd about their shape/angle resulting in some weird pulling when I raise my arms, but I don't generally walk around in this pose so not a big deal.

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    Last little nit-pick. Gustin uses red thread on the last buttonhole, it's a nice little trademark. They also use a horizontal buttonhole, which I greatly appreciate. The only problem is that the stitching is a bit sloppy, and since it's red, it's highly visible. It really isn't a big deal, and if you tuck in your shirts it's totally invisible. However, that sloppiness (plus a few other loose threads here and there) wouldn't be present in the $175-$300 shirts that Gustin wants to compare to.

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    Bottom line. This is a good shirt, that fits me fairly well. It's significantly better than other shirts that are available for $74 (or the $54 that I paid after a referral code). I'll probably order more of them, the flannels currently available look nice.

    However, it's probably not a $175-$300 shirt, and there are some limitations of the pre-order process, especially given that we can't see a fully-made sample before we order.
     
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  7. notwithit

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    Some people have mentioned adding product shots of fully made-up shirts in the different fabric offerings. I'll let the Gustin folks speak to this, but I think at least for new fabrics - those they're offering for the first time - it falls outside of their business model. They only make the shirts that are funded, and I assume they don't acquire enough fabric or have the resources to make samples for ever offering.

    That said, I imagine they could snap a photo or two of completed shirts in new fabrics in case they offer another run in the same fabric.
     


  8. gustin

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    This is exactly right - whenever we have a completed garment (be it a shirt or jeans) we include full photos.
     


  9. notwithit

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    Raw umber looks interesting. Bet it would be great in a slim chino cut. :devil:

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  10. Rommel

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    Can you comment on the different fabrics that were shown in the swatch vs what was actually received? I'm interested in your shirting but had concerns about fit and now about the fabric.
     


  11. joshgustin

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    Hey Rommel,

    The fabric we got is how the mill in Japan is currently running the style. The biggest difference is the green is more muted. The over all small check pattern is still there along with the blue and white. The weight and overall hand feel are the same.

    We make it a goal to take care of people who try us out. If you back style and picked the size wrong or have an issue we'll take care of you.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you want to talk more.

    Thanks.
     


  12. Rommel

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    Thanks for the reply. The shirt review above is the first one I've seen along with pictures of the actual shirts so I wanted to fully understand the difference between the sample vs the actual fabrics. Some buyers may have some concerns about even that slight difference so you may want to put some wording in around that, just to be fully transparent and avoid issues in the future.

    Definitely still interested, I'll PM soon to discuss more detailed shirt measurements, in hoping they'll fit me as I have a problematic build haha.

    Thanks,
    Rommel
     


  13. wonsmithr8

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    Been trying to break in the 1776 more than the heavy Americans. It's definitely easier than the heavy Americans haha. The hips are tight which I hope loosen up a little bit. If not, I probably should've ordered size 30 instead for both :/ I know you guys are working on the heavy Japan's right now which I also ordered and I also saw your reply in the original thread about exchanges. I might have to follow up with a request to exchange the heavy Japan's for size 30/credit!
     


  14. jakeypotato

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    Anytime soon for a heavyweight denim? (~18 oz)
     


  15. pdxmatt

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    Welcome guys! I can't wait for my slates and blue OCBD to arrive this month :)
     


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