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Long list of made-to-measure and bespoke dress shirt sellers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by pvp, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. pvp

    pvp New Member

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    I'm starting my own online tailor business. I'm a marketing nerd, so the process has entailed a tremendous amount of research. This has yielded my two lists below. I'm posting in hopes that others can make some use of it. The upper list includes those firms that I deemed "professional." It's close to exhaustive (edit: maybe not [​IMG] The second list contains smaller manufacturers that I deemed "Asian companies that have shitty websites and thus probably don't get a lot of sales from the web." It's not remotely close to exhaustive. (They were to be candidate suppliers.) PROFESSIONAL-LOOKING TAILORS http://www.samstailoring.com/ http://propercloth.com/ http://www.tailor4less.com/ http://www.moderntailor.com/ http://www.customshop.com/ http://www.mytailor.com http://www.pickashirt.com/\t\t\t http://www.gitman.com http://www.ginotailor.com/ http://blank-label.com/ http://www.tailorstore.com/us/en http://nialma.com http://www.bestcustomshirt.com/ http://www.bespokeshirtmakers.com/ \t http://www.indicustom.com/ http://biasedcut.com http://Www.Tailorstore.Co.Uk http://garytailor.com/ \t\t\t\t http://noblehouse.us/ http://www.tashirt.com http://www.josephturner.co.uk/ http://www.bawdenbespoke.com.au/ http://www.kjbeckettbespokeshirts.com/ http://www.priceyoursuit.com/ http://www.ownlyshirts.com http://www.tailorgo.com http://www.cottonwork.com SMALLER TAILORS http://www.daveshirt.com http://www.suitslife.com/index.asp http://www.jazzano.com http://customhongkongtailor.com/ http://mosanti.com/ http://www.itailor.com/ http://www.execshirts.com/ http://www.ravistailor.com/ http://everythingbespoke.com/ http://www.bespokeway.com/ http://classicfashiontailors.com/ http://www.tajtailors.com.hk http://ayeshafashions.com/ http://www.kennykeswani.com/ http://www.deluxecustomtailors.com http://www.countryroadfashions.com/ http://www.excellentsuit.com/ http://www.maharajas.com.sg/ http://www.nickscollections.com/ http://www.dress-for-success.com/ http://www.seoultailor.co.kr/ http://www.pierremohan.com/ http://hst.com.sg http://www.diamond-fashion.com http://www.beautiesltd.com http://www.adrienlemaux.com/ http://www.thecustomtailors.com http://www.micamisa.com/ http://www.silksuitstore.com This second list could be useful if you want to get some really cheap shirts. I get the impression that these businesses are desperate, and they'd probably cut you a nice deal if you asked. (You ought to be able to get them down to USD 10-15 per shirt.) In negotiating, work what you've got: you'll tell SF about them if you like them, you'll order more if the first fits, you want to order but just don't have the money. If anyone else is starting their own online tailor business--I hear it's all the rage [​IMG]--PM me and I'll send you my data.
     
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  2. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    i think the online shirt business is the easiest business in the world

    all fabrics feel great on a computer screen.
    and everyone know how to take perfect measurements.
     
  3. elgreco

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    i think the online shirt business is the easiest business in the world

    all fabrics feel great on a computer screen.
    and everyone know how to take perfect measurements.


    Carl, that's because you are an actual professional, as opposed to "professional-looking."

    Substance vs. flash!
     
  4. whatsinaname

    whatsinaname Well-Known Member

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    i think the online shirt business is the easiest business in the world

    all fabrics feel great on a computer screen.
    and everyone know how to take perfect measurements.


    You've been left behind, old man. Your only hope is to undercut the $10 shirt guys the OP mentioned.
     
  5. pvp

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    If only..
     
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    of all of the online vendors, who produced the best product for the best price?
     
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    Tailoring business doesn't strict to only kind of dressing material.It would be good for one who is expert in making all kinds of designed,stylish and attractive costumes.Improvement of this business needs creation and innovation of dressing things in the favor of people's attention,attraction in the competitive world.
     
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    LOL. I'm almost tempted to start such a business myself. Now, where's that tape measure ...
     
  11. East Coaster

    East Coaster Active Member

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    Is it really that easy?
     
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    Wire me a couple of grands to get the business going, and I'll let you know. Maybe. :p
     
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    That's a lot of options. I used atailoredsuit.com several years ago and I still wear the shirts regularly. But they're showing their age with very light fraying around the cuff etc. I'm drawing a blank on what they cost at the time of purchase but it was more than made up by the fact I wore them for 3 years and they still fit amazing.

    I am however interested in an operation with more options and competitive pricing. (Perhaps even made in the USA?) Also ATS now asks me to put in a buch of log in information to even browse fabrics patterns which I don't really like. I suppose I'll have to start combing through this list. Thanks.
     
  14. East Coaster

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    Does the USA have the mindset to make high quality cotton shirting? The Walmart culture the nation exhibits for mass manufacturing - cheaper is better - seems a major road block

    I can imagine cutting and sewing carried out locally in the US but not sourcing woven cotton - Asian or European mills must be the way to go

    http://www.lewistaylorshirts.com
     
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    Cutting and sewing in the US would be interesting. If anything, I don't know what the mindset across the USA has. So if someone knew of a great place that put together a great shirt I would be interested.

    I'm not sure what your Walmart comment meant specifically, most of the textiles sold in them are surely sourced from Asia.

    You could be right about the foreign mills. Just curious.
     
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  16. East Coaster

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    but to specifications for the US market set by the US market . Best Cotton shirting is definitely from Europe / Asia
     
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    No one said it wasn't?
     
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    I have never used one of these services, but I might try it. I would also be curious to know if there is any particular one that stands out as better than the others (material, accuracy, etc).
     
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    Well I feel obligated to say that I had a great experience with http://www.Atailoredsuit.com I picked the fabrics out of a fabric book they sent me. I still wear the shirts 3 years later, and I've not seen shirts of this build and fabric in any OTS store. They're also nice because they are very slim and have no darting.

    Regardless of who you go with I think this is the best way to go.
     
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    A list of on-line MTM shirt companies ranked in order or website visits

    www Age Ease of use 3D Rendering Fabrics Cost min Cost max Comments
    http://www.itailor.com/ 9 0 0 0 0 0 Site not working
    http://www.blanklabel.com 9 4 4 100 82 145 Focus on contrast cuff / collar. No brand of fabric
    http://www.tailor4less.com/ 3 3 No 150 54 150 Focus on contrast cuff / collar. No brand of fabric
    http://www.shirtsmyway.com 5 5 2 84 75 125 Simple to use but no fabric info
    http://www.mytailor.com 15 4 No 400 69 149 Huge selection of fabric
    http://www.indicustom.com 4 Dead link
    http://www.execshirts.com/ 8 1 No 300 69 159 Very old looking site
    http://www.tailorstore.com/us/en 6 4 4 318 64 248 Comprehansive site
    http://www.moderntailor.com/ 5 5 No 480 20 190 Very comprehensive site
    http://propercloth.com/ 3 4 2 265 89 239 Very good photos and elegant use of rendering
    http://www.bestcustomshirt.com/ 8 3 No 160 49 179 A little clunky looking
    http://www.ls-chemise.com 5 4 4 400 59 109 Great site
    http://www.joebutton.com 1 3 2 24 99 99 Limited fabrics
    http://www.pickashirt.com/ 5 3 No 186 45 70 Basic 2D
    http://www.micamisa.com 9 3 No 42 45 45 Basic 2D
    http://www.cottonwork.com 4 4 No 3406 45 220 huge range of fabrics
    http://www.ravistailor.com/ 13 0 0 0 0 0 Site not working
    http://www.samstailoring.com/ 6 1 No 297 140 475 Not custom made
    http://www.customshop.com/ 13 4 No 260 99 495 Very detailed customisation
    http://www.bawdenbespoke.com.au/ 1 No 204 125 125 Very low tech
    http://www.kjbeckettbespokeshirts.com/ 6 4 No 163 95 216 Looks similar to Saint Sens . Have Liberty Fabric
    http://nialma.com 5 4 No 336 95 129 Easy to use site
    http://biasedcut.com 3 1 No 14 95 115 Very limited choice
    http://www.daveshirt.com 4 4 No 215 75 125 Very simple step through process
    http://www.bespokeshirtmakers.com/ 5 No 640 79 99 Must register to use
    http://www.lewistaylorshirts.com 1 5 No 195 52 105 Excellent fabric selection page and easy to use
     
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