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The Madras Shirt thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by srivats, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. inlandisland

    inlandisland Senior member

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    Neat - I have a tie in the exact same fabric as the second shirt from the top in this photo.
     
  2. hookem12387

    hookem12387 Senior member

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    DO WANT
     
  3. K. Nights

    K. Nights Senior member

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    Does anyone know where to get slimmer madras shirts in tall sizes? I saw the J.Crew ones, but they're just not doing it for me this season.
     
  4. CharlieAngel

    CharlieAngel Senior member

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    I find it amusing that J Crew no longer has "madras" shirts, but "Indian Cotton".. I did happen to pick up a couple this season to tide me over, but I'll have to keep looking for MTM madras/linen selections.
     
  5. ltontheqt

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    I have spent considerable time in the last couple weeks buying and considering madras shirts. I have purchased Brooks Brothers, Gant and Land's End and have to say that the LE's, to my surprise, seem to have the most muted, authentic look. The Gants are nice and vibrant but more much expensive than LE and do not have, at least yet, that faded matte look that strikes me as the shirt equivalent to madder silk. I would be interested in Srivat's assessment of Gant, since he comes from the motherland of madras. Gant seems to be trying to get it right.

    Meanwhile, I am awaiting a madras shirt from Bonobos. The collars do not look right but returns are easy. I also purchased madras fabric from a place called Hancock Fabrics and am going to have a couple made up. I could kick myself for missing the boat several years ago on the O'Connell's haul. I Googled photos of the stock and much of it looked much nicer than anything I've seen in my current search. If anyone owns a small or perhaps a medium that they don't wear, I'd be interested in taking it off your hands.
     
  6. Snedley

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    http://www.dann-online.com/summer_madras_.htm
     
  7. ltontheqt

    ltontheqt Senior member

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    I just received a short sleeve shirt from Dann Online. The sleeves are too billowy for me. Back it goes. I also think showing swatches instead of the shirt makes it difficult to know what you're getting.
     
  8. grendel

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    I just got this one from Bonobos:

    [​IMG]

    I love the colors and the super lightweight fabric. Wearing it today.
     
  9. Ich_Dien

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  10. ltontheqt

    ltontheqt Senior member

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    I considered that one from Bonobos but ended up getting the purple and green, an interesting color combo that is different from much of what I've seen.
     
  11. Snedley

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    My bad.I shouldn't have recommended a MEN"S store on here. I forgot that some kid might complain if the shirt doesn't fit the teen idea of how it should fit to the 1/2". Madras shirts are worn in the Summer and are not meant to fit like a John Travolta shirt from Saturday Night Fever [​IMG] And any experienced man can easily choose a shirt from swatches and besides doesn't even care if it's slightly different. It's only a cheap shirt, you're not buying an estate.
    Better try Bonobos or Chimps
     
  12. eluther

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    Real men buy shirts from swatches. Lesson learned.
     
  13. ltontheqt

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    Your post is total nonsense. First of all, I'm not a kid. I am in no way criticizing you. Recommendations are fine. But so are people's experiences. I think the sleeves are too big - bigger than others I own. Viyella cuts a big shirt. I didn't buy anyway on your recommendation. Knew about Viyella before you came along, big shot. Do you own stock in the company? You were too quick to act offended. Plus, most purveyors show the whole shirt. Not that hard to do. Even then, what you get is only an approximation. I can deal with, have to, with a swatch for a custom shirt. No choice. When choosing a pattern, you either like the outcome or not. I have been lucky. But there's no need to cross your fingers and hope for the best with RTW. Dann's site is pretty old-fashioned. I gave it a shot. It didn't work out. No big deal.
     
  14. Snedley

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    You knew Viyella before me? Well then you must have been buying them in the late 60's which is how long I've been buying them along with AE and Churches shoes. I can tell you pretty much about any brand from personal experience. And btw, Viyella(Hollins) just makes the fabric, the shirts are made by whoever wants to make shirts from it.
    I guess when you're a kid Dann seems "old fashioned" to you. And as I said it's only a shirt, a swatch is good enough and only a neurotic kid would worry about the width of a short sleeve shirt's arm.
     
  15. ltontheqt

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    Listen, I'm not going to give you much more oxygen than you deserve before I return to more productive activity. Your history here shows that you like to trade in provocative comments. Any brand? Do tell. By the way, here are comments from Viyella customers that reflect my own. Sorry to confuse you with the facts. From Sierra Trading Post:

    This shirt reminds me of what I wore way back when I was in junior/senior high school. It seems that madras is back. Cool and comfortable, this shirt has a nice fit, although the sleeves are too wide and should be tapered a bit more. For casual/weekend wear, I recommend this shirt.

    Terrific price for a stylish, well-made madras shirt. Lots of nice patterns and colors to choose. Sleeves are cut too wide, not the most flattering, but the shirt is really comfortable.

    This shirt was advertised as extra large. In fact it was much larger. In fact, it was larger than extra extra large.
     
  16. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Stop feeding the troll.

    As for madras, my suggestion is to skip the brands and just get something made yourself. You can get madras shirting fairly easily, so you only need to find a shirtmaker that suits your taste and budget. I use Ascot Chang, but companies such as Cottonwork will make something for you $45 shipped. If you don't want to go through the process of having a custom shirt made, you can have them copy something you already like. It will fit in the same exact way. You can even make small adjustments to something that fits you nearly perfect by asking to add or subtract a bit of fabric here or there.
     
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  17. ltontheqt

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    Good advice all around. I did buy some madras fabric from a place named Hancock. CEGO is making two shirts for me. Hancock and Atlantis have good choices, but have you come across other vendors? Options are nice. I do like Gant's product. They fit fairly well. I don't want to get specific without the guy's permission, but a well-known retailer told me he's working with a source in India on reviving the old veg dyed madras. Possibly a year out. We shall see if this comes to fruition.
     
  18. JakeLA

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    Yes, madras fabric is readily available in the home decor section of fabric stores. That's a manly way to spend an afternoon.

    Or you could order a shirt from Lands End, BB, Gant, or any of a dozen other makers and watch as your testicles magically re-descend.
     
  19. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    There are a few fabric stores in NYC that sell madras. One sent me samples, but the name escapes me at the moment. I have it written down in my home in California, but I won't be returning until later this month. I'll try to remember to post it when I get back.

    A colleague of mine does research in India and says old, real madras can be find in many parts of the country. He was supposed to proxy some for me, but I haven't followed up.


    I always suspected you weren't a real tailor.
     
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  20. Master Shake

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    Beckenstein's? They have a lot of madras.
     

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