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Thomas Pink

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 5thave, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. 5thave

    5thave Active Member

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    Can I get some general opinions on the quality and style of the clothes from Thomas Pink? I visited their store in midtown and everything they had was too bold and loud, but these clothes seem relatively popular.
     
  2. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    I've got 4 Pink shirts, and I like them all. The two 170s cotton ones are right up there with Borrelli in terms of silky softness. I got two of my shirts on Ebay and two I bought on sale at the store. I would not pay their full retail price though, as I think there is better value elsewhere.

    The colors are loud on some Pink shirts, but I like them. We don't need another boring Jos. Banks-style shirtmaker in town. Plus, you can buy plain color shirts there too -- white and light blue.
     
  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    I don't like Pink shirts at all. They are cut rather large, have plastic buttons and the fabric is nowhere the quality one would expect for the price (it does NOT feel like Borrelli). For $140 per shirt you are better off waiting for the next H&K sale and spending like $90 per shirt; which incidentally utilizes single needle stitching, shell buttons, fairly good RTW material (better than RTW T&A, me thinks), and all the patterns are matched.

    Jon.
     
  4. tdial

    tdial Senior member

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    I think the styling of Pink shirts is good. The fit is terrible--very blousy (RTW). Plastic buttons are horrible (for $140, the buttons better be MOP or shell). I have also had the four Pink shirts I own fray at the collar and cuffs (which don't hold their shape very long) and the buttons come off.

    You can do a lot better for $140.
     
  5. gracian

    gracian Senior member

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    Agree with ImageWis and others. I have several early Pink shirts where the cut was much better along with the quality. They used to utilize MOP buttons but no longer. Last month, I bought one of their stock ones because of an emergency. Went to the Boston store. The shirt is bigger than previous iterations with very large cuffs. I was practically swimming in it. The H & K shirts I recently received however are beautiful.
     
  6. Panzeraxe

    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    Yep - I own one Pink shirt, and the collar has frayed terribly after just 4-5 washings. Not recommended.

    Panzer
     
  7. jmswentworth

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    Poor quality, and overpriced.
     
  8. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    word
     
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    Doctor Crane Well-Known Member

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    Thomas Pink is owned by the conglomerate that also owns Louis Vuitton. Need more be said?
     
  11. kgoodman16

    kgoodman16 New Member

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    Not to sound stupid, but who's H&K?
    Thanks
    Ken Goodman
     
  12. zjpj83

    zjpj83 Senior member

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    Hilditch & Key

    sorry, lots of abbreviations use around here, can be confusing
     
  13. kabert

    kabert Senior member

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    Reading this post's responses, one would think Pink shirts are best suited as rags for cleaning off road tar from the underside of your Jaguar. I agree they ain't the bee's knees (Borrelli and T&A have that honor in my closet), and it is odd they don't have MOP buttons (neither does the one Richard James shirt I have, to give another English example), but otherwise they are no better or worse than Lorenzini IMO.
     
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    I think the idea is that for the money you spend on a Pink shirt ($140) you can do a lot better. Nobody is saying that your run of the mill $20 shirt from Macys is better than Pink, but for the money you spend on a Pink shirt you have a lot of other options that are going to be much better quality.
     
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    imageWIS Senior member

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    What are you talking about? Lorenzini makes one of the best machine-made shirts out there.

    Jon.
     
  16. BjornH

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    I second everything about TP but I'll have to say that the shirt I bought at Jermyn street was not that blousy. Perhaps it's an adaptation to the American market. I'm still wearing my H&K and T&A shirts from that shopping trip but the TP is long gone. It felt cheap, the collar and cuff sounded like they had paper interlinings and never felt right.

    One thing about TP though, if you want a Jermyn street shirt that has an interesting fabric, TP is the place to go to. H&K are a bit, well boring, and T&A, although they can be colorful, they are so in a very traditional manner. They had the sense to appeal to the younger clients, just as H&K and T&A should have done in the first place.

    B
     
  17. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    .... What is happening?..... All my RJ have MOP buttons.... Argh......
     
  18. boston

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    People are snobbish about Thomas Pink. They brought British style shirts to the US, and that can only be a good thing.

    Their cut is trimmer than BB, which is not saying much and may have changed. I found that their collars fray a little quickly.

    Do they offer value? I don't know. Some of their designs are nice, and you can get them *right now*. On sale, I think they are OK. I'm not sure what other retailer in the US is so ubiquitous and can offer you the choice of interesting fabric that Pink can, OTR. In addition, their collar has a good shape to it, which is also hard to find.

    To be honest, I think the best value in dress shirts is Lands End.

    -boston
     
  19. jester

    jester Senior member

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    I happen to like TP colors, but like most other posters here think that the quality is dreadful. I think I've finally managed to stop myself from thinking, "Oh, I really like that one, I'll get it anyway", only to have it fray apart in three washings.

    This was my experience with TP shirts before they opened in NY as well. If I recall, the company was named for an eighteenth-century tailor, but was started only fifteen years ago by two investment bankers or something. Don't get caught up in the hype.
     
  20. le.gentleman

    le.gentleman Senior member

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    Where exactly are Thomas Pink shirts produced nowadays? Newer Labels state "Made in Morocco" others state "Made in Ireland". However to comply with the requirements for a product "Made in Ireland" you only need to sew on the buttons or the label in Ireland.

    I want to know where the real work is done.
    Do you know under which conditions the shirts are produced? Do they only pay ridiculous wages to the people who sew that sh.. together?

    Thank you!
     

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