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Shirts from Harvey and Hudson

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chapunso, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. chapunso

    chapunso Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in the purchase on line of several H&H shirts. Y wear a 16/36. I have purchased already from TML, Pink and CT. there are some discrepancies in neck sizing, with the TML running usually half a size shorter. I like to know also if the stripes from the yoke or shoulder match with those running down the sleeve.
    Could you please share your experiences?
    thanks
     


  2. Journeyman

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    I only have plain or small-check shirts from Harvie and Hudson, so I can't comment on the sleeve pattern-matching.

    I will, however, say that they are lovely shirts - I prefer them to either TM Lewin or Charles Tyrwhitt. I don't have any Thomas Pink shirts, but from what I hear about Pink shirts on this and other fora, I'm sure that they're nicer than Pink, too.

    I particularly like the collar on my H&H shirts - I find both TM Lewin and Tyrwhitt collars to be a bit too stiff - so stiff, in fact, that they hardly need collar stiffeners. However, H&H collars are very nicely shaped (in my opinion) and are not too soft, not too stiff - a pleasant balance. I take a 16.5 collar in both Lewin and Tyrwhitt, and find H&H to be consistent with my sizing. I haven't noticed any shrinkage issues with any of the three brands, but then I wash my shirts at home in lukewarm water, rather than sending them out to a commercial laundry.

    I'm seriously thinking of getting one of their bengal stripe shirts with the white collar and cuffs. I wouldn't mind getting another couple of shirts at the same time, so the "three shirts or more for UK30 each" is an attractive offer, particularly considering quality and the fact that the shirts are allegedly made in the UK.
     


  3. chapunso

    chapunso Well-Known Member

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    thanks:
    I think you have conviced me
     


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    I like to know also if the stripes from the yoke or shoulder match with those running down the sleeve.

    No, they don't match stripes, or checks, at the shoulder seam.

    /Mr S
     


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    I have some H&H shirts, but I must say that I'm not very pleased with the collar-construction. It may be because I got mine a size to small, but they seem to collapse somehow if worn without a tie. Another bug is that you can't get barrel-cuffs without a breast-pocket.

    I will say though that the current crop of patterns is amazing and that I'm seriously contemplating ordering a batch - especially now that there's no discount code at Tyrwhitt (plus I find Tyrwhitts current range of designs decidedly underwhelming).
     


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    I was going to order a couple until I noticed that the barrel cuff options all had chest pockets. Blah.
     


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    I was going to order a couple until I noticed that the barrel cuff options all had chest pockets. Blah.

    Really? Huh. Have you tried H&K?

    Jon.
     


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    I have only one of their shirts. It is well made but I find the collar a bit off. Possibly to low. I have not used it for years but somehow I was never pleased with the way it looked with a tie. I used to wear Pink many years ago but the collar lost its shape somehow after few times to the cleaners. Today I use H&K and T&A of the Jermyn street houses and find them better.
     


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    I've never worn Turnbull and Asser (T&A), and so I can't comment on their construction. I do have a few Hilditch and Key (H&K) shirts, however, and I do agree that they are quite a bit nicer than my Harvie and Hudson shirts.

    Significantly, the H&K shirts are also much nicer than my Tyrwhitt and TM Lewin shirts. The original poster mentioned that he had Tyrwhitt and Lewin shirts and was wondering about H&H.

    Realistically, H&K and T&A shirts are in a considerably different league from H&H, Tyrwhitt and TM Lewin. Even on sale, H&K and T&A tend to cost twice as much as the other brands.

    Therefore, I think that it's a bit disingenuous to compare H&H with T&A, H&K etc - it's far more relevant to compare H&H with similarly-priced shirts, and when you do that, I (in my own, humble opinion) think that H&H produces a nicer shirt than either Tyrwhitt or TM Lewin.

    I also agree with friism that Tyrwhitt's current range is quite underwhelming. The last couple of seasons have been very conservative and "blah", particularly when compared to the attractive patterns and shirt/tie combinations of the couple of years prior.
     


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    I wish Tyrwhitt offered more in their slim fit range. I am thin and I fear a regular Tyrwhitt would be like a tent on me.

    As for H&K, I have always been tempted. How slim are they cut?
     


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    As for H&K, I have always been tempted. How slim are they cut?

    The standard fit? not at all and with a low-set chest pocket. Otherwise, I like them quite a bit. T&A RTW seems to be the slimmer of the two, but less well made.
     


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    I just received an email from mr Harvey answering my concerns (monograming ans strip matching). I have decided to purchase 3 shirts (french bengal stripes)for 33 pounds each. I will report back
    Dear Sir

    Thank you for your email.
    In answer to your questions, we do endeavour to match up stripes accross the
    shoulder and down the arm. As to sizing, we think that we are fairly
    accurate, however, my suggestion, especially if you want them monogrammed is
    to try one in 16" collar. The monograms are embroidered by hand and are
    generally £9.50 per letter.

    Do let me know if you would like me to send you a monogram chart.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Richard Harvie
     


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    I just received an email from mr Harvey answering my concerns (monograming ans strip matching). I have decided to purchase 3 shirts (french bengal stripes)for 33 pounds each. I will report back
    Dear Sir

    Thank you for your email.
    In answer to your questions, we do endeavour to match up stripes accross the
    shoulder and down the arm. As to sizing, we think that we are fairly
    accurate, however, my suggestion, especially if you want them monogrammed is
    to try one in 16" collar. The monograms are embroidered by hand and are
    generally £9.50 per letter.

    Do let me know if you would like me to send you a monogram chart.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Richard Harvie


    If you want pattern matching I think should go to H&K or Emma Willis. They seems to be the best. H&H will only do it on the bespoke shirts, if you ask for it. The RTWs don't have matching patterns.
     


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