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Kamakura Shirts - Madison Ave Store

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Eustace Tilley, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

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    I was in there a couple of months ago and was impressed with the shirt quality for the price. They also had a small, well edited selection of ties and squares.

    The knit buttondown shirts were a great idea, well executed.

    I've also sold other pre-owned shirts by the parent company, shirts with labels like Bowbells House or Maker's Shirt, and they do hold up -- no cheap collar-shrinking interlinings like CT, for example.

    This is their first sales point in the US, so if you want something they don't have, tell them -- they are trying very hard to learn our market.
     


  2. jsqfunk

    jsqfunk Senior member

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    I stopped by this evening and bought 4 shirts, I highly recommend stopping by.
    This is a Japanese shop, with super polite and knowledgeable staff. As I was leaving the person who I paid at the back of the shop sprinted to the front of the store to open the door and bow!

    Other good stuff
    1. Open late til 8 pm
    2. The "try on shirt" makes things easier
    3. I am a relatively chunky American 17.5 x 36.5 w/ 47 chest, 40 waist and regular size fit me perfectly
    4. For us clothes nerds each shirt has the fabric description sown below the label

    Won't say bad stuff, but things to note
    1. Small store, so relatively small selection of fabrics and options (Reg and trim, button down and spread collar, some spread collars offer french cuffs)
    2. One dressing room, if that is full you use the employee break room
     


  3. dusttruffle

    dusttruffle Senior member

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    wonder what the MTM pricing will be.

    BB ESF 16x34 is just a little off for me. a little too slim and tapered in the waist for my taste (i doesn't seem a "natural shape")
    although it does fit, except for the annoyance that the shoulders are a little large for me.

    my best fit was a the poplin Slim Fit PRL - although i had to go down to 15.5 collar. Same with ctshirts extra slim. although i found the half inch different between the 15.5 and the 16 to be great that half an inch [​IMG]


    have never ordered MTM shirts before, but the chance of MTM OCBD will not be able to be resisted as long as the price is not too much.
     
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  4. SloopyNoob

    SloopyNoob Senior member

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    Stopped by the store over the weekend. Very pleasant experience. Staff were very polite. I couldn't find a shirt that fits me well so I'm probably going to wait for their MTM, which they said is coming in August.

    I did ask the salesman about pricing on their MTM. He had no idea but guessed it would be $150 and up.
     


  5. violethour1951

    violethour1951 Senior member

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    One of the sales associates informed me that Kamakura's online store will go live around the end of April.

    As of today you can actually browse parts of the online store, but you cannot yet make purchases. It's useful to look over their measurement charts, as they have sizes in quarter-inch increments.
     


  6. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    I dropped by the store today. The knit ties are great.
     


  7. ezlau

    ezlau Senior member

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    Anyone has experience with their white knit shirt can describe how opaque is the XinJiang cotton material? I personally don't like my white shirt to be see-through. Also, is the cut on the knit shirts really slim? It would help if someone could compare their sizes that they wear in other brands with the sizing of the knit shirts (S,M,L etc).
     


  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    ive shopped them in the tokyo stores (under unfortunate uninspired name Makers Shirt). shirts seem undersized relative to marking. really small cuffs. nice dart. great fabric - atleast on the ones i bought.

    this was before they apparently opened USA stores. wonder if the stock/selection is the same
     


  9. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Fit on the Tokyo Slim model looks nice


    [​IMG]

    Size Yoke Chest Body Length
    14 1/2 - 32 18 40 30 1/2
    15 - 32 1/2 18 41 1/2 31
    15 - 33 1/2 18 42 31
    15 1/3 - 32 1/2 18 1/2 43 1/2 31 1/2
    15 1/3 - 34 1/3 18 1/2 43 1/2 31 1/2
    15 3/4 - 33 19 45 32
    16 - 33 1/2 19 1/2 46 1/2 32 1/2
    16 - 35 19 1/2 46 1/2 32 1/2
    16 1/2 - 34 19 1/2 48 32 1/2
    17 - 34 1/3 20 49.5 33

    http://shop.kamakurashirts.com/content_en_USD_8.html

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Can't help but chuckle at the branding of "Xinjiang Cotton." The region is always in the news for something else...
     
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    jrd617 Senior member

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    Interesting.

    Xinjiang: Islamic extremism extremely long cotton fibers :D
     


  13. CalGuy13

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    Can anyone compare the four fits (New York/Tokyo and Standard/Slim) to Brooks Brothers Slim? I tried using the measurement chart on their site, but it didn't correspond well (I.e., the chest size on the Kamakura Slim was significantly larger than how I measured a BB Slim pit-to-pit).

    I'm a medium in BB Slim sport shirts, and a 15.5/34 in BB Slim dress shirts.
     


  14. msulinski

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    I have BB ESF 16/33. I also have a Japanese Slim fit 16/33.5. The BB is slightly wider in the shoulders and trimmer in the waist. I don't own any BB Slim, but my guess is the waist is comparable, while the shoulders and chest are larger in BB Slim.
     


  15. maraca2020

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    Can anyone comment on shrinkage for the OCBDs?
     


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