Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Eustace Tilley, Jan 25, 2013.
That means my expectations are dashed. I wear 16.5 34/5.
I don't know what the sleeve length is for 16.5. It might be 34/5
I was just there yesterday - they have multiple sleeve lengths for each neck size, just like any shirt maker. I bought 16/35 in the Japanese slim fit.
Comrade, I recommend trying them on in person before you conclude anything about fit. I normally wear 16/34, but 16/35 was just right in that particular cut.
so quality and construction for their OCBD shirts are noticeably better than BB/CT? Are all of their shirts $79 or are their varying prices for shirts with different yarn counts?
trying to decide if it's worth it to take a trip down to NYC to pick some up, BB I can always buy online
Anyone up in NYC wanna be a good buddy and make a few bucks and ask some guys here if they want one and get their size and ship it to them here in the US?
Same price point as BB, but much better quality.
They also have higher thread count shirts at a higher price point.
wow hope they fit me well then guess i'll be making the trip
I went hoping they would have a 14.5 with 34/35 sleeve length...
I am guessing I have to wait till they have a mtm program
Unlike BB they neve have sales though. I don't think I have paid more than $50 for BB shirts in practice. So I personally think of Kamakura as being at a higher price point.
do you feel that they are worth the premium?
I happened to be passing by a couple of days ago and stopped in. On the plus side the staff was friendly and attentive, they have try on shirts, and offer great value. The quality to price ratio seems fair. The one con is that regardless of how many shirts I may have wanted to buy they had a pretty limited selection. There wasn't a single dress shirt that piqued my interest (I either had the fabric or it was a fabric I didn't care for) and only 1 button down that caught my eye - which I purchased. I'm a 16 and the 16 slim fit worked great for me. There was another button down that I liked but was not available in my size. They mentioned that they do short runs and keep bringing in new stuff which is fine if you work across the street but not so much if you don't. MTM would definitely solve that problem but may increase the cost. They also have a nice selection of ties. I'm in the hunt for "neats" and they had one I liked so I purchased that as well.
I think their stuff is superior to Brooks Brothers (full disclosure, I'm a BB hater) and have never tried on or handled anything by CT so can't help you there. Based on my experience and the size of their retail space I think their future lies in their MTM program. As of right now I wouldn't make a special trip in just because of the limited selection. Once I can go in, get measured, and flip through a swatch book I may change my mind.
I found Kamakura via ivy-style and have fallen hard for their OCBD's. I may never go back to any other. I took a regular fit and find it to be much less billowy than your average American-cut shirt. Fabrics are amazing, with their oxford cloth feeling rustic but not at all harsh, and they've held up well to weekly wear. I plan to make regular trips every time I'm in NYC.
Do they offer a linen or chambray version of their BD?
Can't say yet - just wore one for the first time yesterday. I'll check back in after a few wears and washes. The shirts certainly seem nicer, fwiw. On the other hand, you may value the non-iron aspect you can get with BB.
So, as always, YMMV.
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