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Shirt quality Lewin/Tyrwhitt vs. Emmett


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Mar 20, 2009
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So having picked up an Emmett shirt on the cheap I've done a comparison on the things that matter to me.

Material Quality

Tyrwhitt/Lewin Standard
The shirts are horribly creased after: laudering and hanging to dry, and after ironing and wearing for a day.
The material is (with exception to Lewin Luxury) is not that soft. However, Lewin Luxury shirts seem to crease so easily it is ridiculous - unbelievably so. You only need to go into their store to see people walking around with shirt more crinkled that a McCoys (or Rustlers for you Americans).

Tyrwhitt/Lewin Non-Iron
Lewin - I don't know why they call them non-iron, they aren't. It's simply not worth it.
Tyrwhitt - these have taken a dip in quality. The material is now much thinner, so much so that my white shirt is virtually see through. It's also not very soft, it doesn't flow very naturally it's more of a "straight" fit, although that can look quite flattering. It always needs a touch-up iron.

Tyrwhitt Sea Island
This **** shrank more than any others, which is most annoying. It dries quite well, without many creases and doesn't pick up many creases during the day. BUT - the material is such that you can never getting it looking sharp or crisp, even post iron - unlike the standard varieties. The material is soft, though a little rigid or "straight" in it's flow - again this can look nice. Material frays much more easily than others.

It's not non-iron. Yet after laundering and hanging it has non real creases. After a day of wearing it is without creases. The material is soft, but breathable. It's sooo much easier to iron then Lewin shirts.

It depends what you want.

Lewin Standard/Non Iron - are relatively firm but the corners have a tendency to curl. The collars also shrink.

Tyrwhitt Standard/Non Iron- the collars are gtting more and more rigid, but again this can look nice. But they are a little cardboard-y.

Lewin luxury - The collar shrank, and the material tends to stretch, resulting in extra material, which does not look good.

Tyrwhitt sea island - Collar shrank, frays more easily than others, doesn't sit as well as the standards.

Emmett - soft collar, so completely different. No obvious shrinking.


An Emmett shirt costs £100. Lewin/Tyrwhitt standard is 4 for £100. Tyrwhitt Sea Island is £60.

It's quite hatrd to say the overall winner, as the price points are very different. But, the Tyrwhitt sea island, I don't think, is worth the money.

I'll add to this... with others shortly.


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Mar 20, 2009
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Tyrwhitt sea island - 2 years approx. I have the edges of my double cuffs completely worn, and the points of the collars fraying.

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