My thoughts on Barba shirt.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    So, I got my 1st Barba shirt today.

    The craftmanship of this shirt is 1st quality. The hand stitchings on Barba shirt are really well done and visually pleaseing. Also it has hand stitchings just as much as Borrelli shirts that I own; Collar seam, shoulder seams, arm hole, and buttonholes. The construction of Barba's collar looks as same as Borrelli's; They both have soft "canvas" in collar. I love buttons too. They are really almost equal as Borrelli shirt buttons.

    In terms of fit, Barba fits much nicer than Borrelli shirts. Borrelli shirts that I have fits too blousy where Barba fits like it was made for me. The sleeve length of Barba is about an inch long, but that's a minor issue.

    Fabric quality of Barba is 1st quality. Very soft and comfortable when it is worn. Like typical Napolitian shirts, the fabric has nice soft "lush" on it. Just like the way I like it!

    I am sold to Barba. I do not think I'll be buying any other shirt brands, if I was, then it'll be Jantzan.
     
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    Roger Senior member

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    I've seen it written that the same seamstresses that make Borrelli shirts make Barba as well. Evidently, the factories are quite close to one another, and the crew that has finished making a bunch of Borrelli shirts simply moves, en masse, to the Barba operation and works on their shirts. The implication of this story, I think, is that the quality is about even. Can't swear that this story is true; perhaps someone else can weigh in. Ian Daniels would know for sure.
     
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    tiger02 Militarist

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    Does Borelli make a more square shoulder than Barba? I like everything about Barba--including the frequent sales in Frankfurt [​IMG]--but can't wear them because the shoulders are so sloped.

    Tom
     
  4. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Tiger02,

    Really? I did not notice that my Barba shirt has more sloped than other shirts. But when I put it on, it shapes shoulder line real well, thus creating real masculine look that I really like!
     
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    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Other than cut (Barba usually being trimmer), the biggest difference between the two shirts is that Barba has two grades of finishing, one employing more hand tailoring than the other. Borrelli only uses a single grade which employs about the most hand tailoring for an OTR shirt that you can get.
     
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    pscolari Senior member

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    The best thing about Barba shirts (apart from the buttons) is how well they hold up. I just wish Stonestreet's in Cambridge still carried them. I am going to check out the new ones Ian just got in.
     
  7. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Other than cut (Barba usually being trimmer), the biggest difference between the two shirts is that Barba has two grades of finishing, one employing more hand tailoring than the other. Borrelli only uses a single grade which employs about the most hand tailoring for an OTR shirt that you can get.


    I want to see this "high" end Barba shirt as my regular Barba shirt has a decent amount of hand work, matching Borrelli shirts toe to toe. To have more hand work than this shirt, it would have any long seams along the body of the shirt hand stitched.

    I went to Holt Renf. just the other day and show this cotton shirt and it had some sewen details on the back of the shirt. It costs $1200CAD, the shirt was made in India, and everything was stitched with a machine. No single needle stitchs either!
     
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    GQgeek Senior member

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    I want to see this "high" end Barba shirt as my regular Barba shirt has a decent amount of hand work, matching Borrelli shirts toe to toe. To have more hand work than this shirt, it would have any long seams along the body of the shirt hand stitched.

    I went to Holt Renf. just the other day and show this cotton shirt and it had some sewen details on the back of the shirt. It costs $1200CAD, the shirt was made in India, and everything was stitched with a machine. No single needle stitchs either!


    Some of the stuff in Holt's these days is scary. I saw jackets with all sorts of intentionally messy stitching on the lapels and all over with patches of different fabric sewn-on in random places. wtf are they thinking?
     
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    demeis Senior member

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    whats the shrinkage like on Barba shirts i'm about to order my first ones.
     
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    Other than cut (Barba usually being trimmer), the biggest difference between the two shirts is that Barba has two grades of finishing, one employing more hand tailoring than the other. Borrelli only uses a single grade which employs about the most hand tailoring for an OTR shirt that you can get.
    Even more than Attolini (which I like better than Borrelli as regards fit)?
     
  11. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    Some of the stuff in Holt's these days is scary. I saw jackets with all sorts of intentionally messy stitching on the lapels and all over with patches of different fabric sewn-on in random places. wtf are they thinking?

    I would not be concerned about shrinkage as Barba would pre-wash the fabric.
     
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    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I got another Barba shirt. It is black label shirt. Gold label has more hand works than black label. Black label only has hand stitching on armhole seams, every other seams are done with single needle machine stitchings.
     
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    Have you got pics of the shirt?
     
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    could someone rank the following shirts based on MTM quality? Barba, Borrelli, A. Matuozzo, & Merolla e de L'Ero
     
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    Who else has that Barba collar roll ... I love that look.

    Can I get this same roll in a Jantzen? [​IMG]
     

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