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Question on my Borrelli shirt...

gomestar

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So yesterday I received my first package from the Gilt sale, a Borrelli striped dress shirt.

First of all - damn. And I mean, damn, I never really looked at them in any stores in town (I just can't justify $470 for a shirt and they never have 14.5" on sale). It's stunning, I can't wait to recieve the other I ordered today.

But I have a quick (and likely dumb) question. On the front side, about half way up, there's a thick white thread that's sewn on. Right after the thread you can clearly see where they hand stiched to the bottom of the shirt. The thread is clear as day - is it meant to stay on, or should it be taken off?

Thank you!
 

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Stays on, that feature is found on all Borrelli clothes (at least that I've handled).
 

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Not to piss on your Borrelli parade there, but no amount of handwork can beat a well-fit shirt.

How does your Borrelli shirt fit?
 

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If the shirt came with a booklet, look on p. 8. It talks about borrelli's tradition of hand stitching the bottom part of the front placket. You'll also see this at the sleeve gauntlet. You can also read about it on their website.

Enjoy your new Borrelli shirts!
 

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Originally Posted by element02
If the shirt came with a booklet, look on p. 8. It talks about borrelli's tradition of hand stitching the bottom part of the front placket. You'll also see this at the sleeve gauntlet. You can also read about it on their website.

Enjoy your new Borrelli shirts!


Which is great untill you have to shorten the extremly long 35 inch sleeves.
 

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Originally Posted by edmorel
you and your urine, always raining on people's parades

Giving ************* is one of my specialties
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, and I know quite a few around here enjoy it, so I'm not shy about flaunting my mad skillz.
 

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it actually fits very well - I'm surprised, usually I have to order things very slim. I do agree about nothing better than a shirt that fits great (over handwork). My Thom Browne shirts fit me great for that super-slim TB look, though I am not trying to achieve that same look with Borrelli shirts. The thing that concerned me most about the Borrelli was the fit of the shoulders and chest, which I am pleasantly surprised that the shirt fits me very well here. The back-bottom does billow a little bit and I might have this taken in slightly, but it's not bad at all.

I did read that little book about the handwork in the front placket, I just wasn't sure if I should keep that thread on or if it's meant to be removed upon purchase.

And somebody mentioned the sleeves - this is the one thing that's a little bit too long for me. I'm worried about just handing it to any tailor since there's so much hand work that I would prefer not to mess up. Does anybody have any advice as to where I should go to have these shortened a little? My normal tailor is Mak's on 83rd and Lex (he's always done fantastic work for me).

Thank you for all of the help (and for the *************).
 

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Originally Posted by lee_44106
Giving ************* is one of my specialties
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, and I know quite a few around here enjoy it, so I'm not shy about flaunting my mad skillz.


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I got my first Borrelli shirt from a seller on here last year and have enjoyed Borrelli ever since that day myself! I share your enthusiasm.
 

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So jealous, the one I wanted was bought right out from under me! LOL Post some pics when you have a chance. And congratulations.
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston)
So jealous, the one I wanted was bought right out from under me! LOL Post some pics when you have a chance. And congratulations.
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I had the Barker Black shoes and the 3-button Borrelli suit taken from me, just seconds into the sale! I ended up getting the 2 Borrelli dress shirt and a John Varvatos plaid shirt for my "come home put on something comfortable and relax" moods.

And I'd love to post pictures - but I don't want to get eaten up by criticism here! Maybe just the shirts and not the shirts being worn....
 

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Originally Posted by gomestar
I had the Barker Black shoes and the 3-button Borrelli suit taken from me, just seconds into the sale! I ended up getting the 2 Borrelli dress shirt and a John Varvatos plaid shirt for my "come home put on something comfortable and relax" moods.

And I'd love to post pictures - but I don't want to get eaten up by criticism here! Maybe just the shirts and not the shirts being worn....


Wow, that is frustrating. It was my first Gilt rodeo and I will not be so timid next time!

Nahhh, don't worry about criticism. Maybe you'll get some comments that you find helpful, and you can disregard the rest.
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I'm curious about how full or slim these shirts fit RTW, as I'm going to acquire a few through other means.
 

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Yeah, I've learned the tricks of the trade for Gilt - but even then it's part luck sometimes.

As a comparison regarding shirts I have worn, the Borrelli shirts feel a bit slimmer than Brooks Brothers slim fit. I can lay one on top of the other to see more specifically, I tend to use BB as my comparison for the rest. The sleeves are perfect in width, not billowy at all, but clearly not a skinny fit shirt.

I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the sleeve length, I'd like to get that adjusted...
 

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Originally Posted by gomestar
I just wasn't sure if I should keep that thread on or if it's meant to be removed upon purchase.

It's called a 'bar-tack', a decorative reinforcement. - It stays on!
 

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