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Sulka Shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RJman, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    There's a very cool folding Sulka cane, with leather "holster," on Ebay right now.  I've never seen anything like it.  Not that I'd have any use for it....

    Edit: OK, "cool" may not be entirely accurate -- interesting and different, at least.
     
  2. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Well, if they don't live up to RJMan standards there's always ebay relist.
     
  3. lhh

    lhh New Member

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    Sulka shirts are very good. All last for years, they are worth the money. The shirts pictured are after Sulka was sold in the 1970's. The previous A. Sulka & Co. shirts had a more intricate label and were even better quality shirt. The actually used to cost $17.50 - 25.00. I bought all my shirts, ties, from them. After the sale the quality was OK but the fit was not the same and the fabric was also not quite the same- the price increased. Still a very good shirt. Sulka was the US equivalent of Charvet.
    Hope this helps.
     
  4. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    la surdose de luxe mene au crime...
     
  5. AlanC

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  6. Shirtmaven

    Shirtmaven Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I can only tell you about domestic production.

    about 20-13 years ago. Stock shirts were made by a guy named Barry Parkoff in Port Chester, NY. He also made sails.

    Whe he closed the production shifter to Elana J in PA. They are gone for over a year.

    Custom was made years ago by Chris-Arto.
    Mike at Geneva took the business with him when he opened up across the street from Chris -Arto. The factory was not called Geneva. It was named after some other swiss city.
    Sulka then pulled the custome work and gave it to Paris shirt.

    Neil Fox was the one who basically killed the business.

    IMO.


    Carl
     
  7. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    One thing I've noticed about the Sulka shirts I have is that they're all cut very full -- comparable to the Brooks Brothers cut, or bigger.
     
  8. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    Yes, full. Don't think bigger than Brooks though. (May be wrong of course -- but difficult to get fuller cut than Brooks, no?) I knew a lot of Ivy League guys who would wear the stuff. It was well-known to be a purveyor of luxury -- almost sinfully so by standards of the New England haberdasher.
     
  9. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Regarding whether Sulka shirts have MOP buttons, I took a look at the 3 Sulka shirts that I currently have in my closet -- interestingly, the one dress shirt does not have MOP buttons but the two more casual shirts do (both are heavy cotton fall/winter/early spring shirts). One of the two casual shirts has "Sulka" stamped into the MOP buttons as well. I didn't look to see whether any of the shirts indicated whether they were made in Italy or the US or elsewhere.
     
  10. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What happened? All I remember was, they were on Park in the 50s for many years, seemingly doing just fine. Then they opened a "superstore" on Madison in the 60s, and within a year they were gone. Very sad.
     
  11. STYLESTUDENT

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    The heavier weight flannel shirts (I have a tattersall) were made in Italy and were quite expensive. They're outstanding shirts, similar in quality to the Oxxford and Kiton flannels. The USA made dress shirts that I saw at Sulka in the '80s were far more pedestrian in terms of cloth quality, buttons, etc.

    By the early '00s, the salesmen at the Park Avenue store next to Dunhill (at 56th) complained about lack of business. Prices were quite high. $1600-$1700 retail for a navy blazer. Shoes were stocked one year and abandoned soon after.Believe it or not, Sulka had a mass mailer for a $125 cotton t-shirt made in Italy.
     

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