Is this a genuine borrelli shirt?

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  1. wishfulthinking

    wishfulthinking Member

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    Hi,

    I've recently purchased my first Borrelli shirt from an ebay seller at $150. I'm not sure if it's genuine though so I've taken a few pictures. Can anyone comment on them? How can one tell if sleeves or collars are hand or machine sewn?

    Setting the authenticity issue aside, I really liked the fit of the shirt - it's commensurable with some of my tailored ones. The fabric felt thin to the hand. I liked the patternless white colour they used as well.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    Photos:
    http://imageshack.us/g/824/dscf0244e.jpg/

    PS: Are there any reputable online sellers for borrelli shirts? How much do they usually retail for?
     
  2. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    Easy way to check hand sewing is to compare it to your industrial shirts, from the pictures I can see that the sleeve was hand felled, but collar and yoke front quarters appear machine finished.

    It looks like a more recent, made in Apulia, shirt.
     
  3. wishfulthinking

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    So the dotted line of sutures, spaced irregularly around 5mm, are the ones that are hand sewn?

    What's the difference between more recent and not so recent shirts?

    Thanks
     
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    marcodalondra Senior member

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    Yes, pick stitch, you should see the irregularity of it, sign it was done by hand.
     
  5. wishfulthinking

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    On a related note, what are other companies that offer largely hand sown shirts? Also, what price should I expect for Borrelli shirts?

     
  6. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    My view on the subject of hand details vs other factors was expressed here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/282854/a-view-on-neapolitan-shirtmakers-and-hand-finishes

    I am based in Europe and travel to my homecity in Naples quite often, however as far as I understand from this forum, you can find Kiton, Barba, Isaia and Attolini shirts quite easily in USA (all RTW, Made in Naples and with various degree of hand finishes).
     
  7. wishfulthinking

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    That's very informative, thank you!

    Unfortunately I can't afford the luxury (both in terms of time and cost) of going to Italy every time I need new shirts. I usually go to a local tailor but the choice of fabric is limited. I have recently bought some high end RTW shirts through the internet and found that the Borrellis fit quite well - other than the wrist, which is a bit loose.

    In case I travel to Italy for sightseeing (I can forsee doing that in a year or two), are there particular tailors that you can recommend? Is it common to ripped off as a tourist?


     
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    KObalto Senior member

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    I have not seen the newer shirts but word is that they are not as well made. SF seller virtualclotheshorse.com often has good deals on high end Italian shirts.
     
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    skefferz Senior member

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    Also try sponsors eHABERDASHER and ShopTheFinest.
     
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