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Tried a Borrelli shirt for the first time...

BrooklynMike

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All I can say is, wow! I strolled into Filene's today to use the bathroom and took a quick look at the Armani racks, which often contain some interesting stuff like Brioni shirts and Incotex pants. I spotted a Borrelli shirt in my size so I figured I'd try it in case I spot one on eBay I like. It's kind of weird. I wasn't fond of the color scheme (white with purple and green stripes) but when I put it on it just looked and felt great. The cut was perfect for me and the fabric is just beautiful. And you gotta love those big buttons!

I'm on a diet so I'm not splurging on a $200 shirt, but I was awfully tempted. I've been planning on splurging on new suits (Oxxford, Isaia, etc.) but I just added a Borrelli shirt to my celebratory shopping list. Any comments on how they compare to Carlo Franco's shirts? I like my CF tie so much that I refuse to tell people what brand it is.
 

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Originally Posted by BrooklynMike
All I can say is, wow! I strolled into Filene's today to use the bathroom and took a quick look at the Armani racks, which often contain some interesting stuff like Brioni shirts and Incotex pants. I spotted a Borrelli shirt in my size so I figured I'd try it in case I spot one on eBay I like. It's kind of weird.

Do you wear bespoke / MTM shirts - if so, I think its really hard to back to OTR - even Borrelli.
 

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I've been wondering about Carlo's shirts....i can't imagine they compare to Borrelli in handwork, as very few shirts can compare with the extent of handstitched details-- however, the fit of borrelli sometimes leaves much to be desired (i.e. baggy in the waist). For my money, the borrelli buttons/ handstitched collars and all buttonholes/ side gussets, etc. are a great deal when on sale from superb sellers like shopthefinest.com and virtualclotheshorse.com
 

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I'm craving some Borrelli action, having tried a few on. They fit beautifully in the cuffs and collars, but everything in between...argh. I understand that those made for the European market are trimmer. They are actually so capacious that I don't even think I could have them sufficiently darted. Not to mention the upper arms, which would be somewhat harder if not impossible to slim?
 

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Borrelli shirts come in different models:

http://www.luigiborrelli.com/english...micia%20uomo,6,

The American model, which I believe is BK, is the baggiest. The DR is their trimmest. I think some of their handwork is overrated, especially the buttonhole embroidery, but they do have very nice cloths.

--Andre
 

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Originally Posted by rajesh06
Do you wear bespoke / MTM shirts - if so, I think its really hard to back to OTR - even Borrelli.

I've always worn OTR shirts. I'm waiting to get to my target weight to splurge. Today $40 Joseph Abboud shirts (which fit my slightly chubby body pretty well), tomorrow the world! I don't know if I'll go the MTM/bespoke route. It really depends on whether or not I'm satisfied on what I can find OTR. However, I have thought about going to Cego for a few shirts for special occasions.
 

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It is hard for me to believe RTW Borrelli shirts are 200$ a piece since MTM Borrelli is 180 Eur ?
 

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Originally Posted by Walter
It is hard for me to believe RTW Borrelli shirts are 200$ a piece since MTM Borrelli is 180 Eur ?

It's not like there's a rack of 50 of them for that price. It's just one odd shirt in the middle of assorted shirts.
 

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if you're on the fence about trying a borrelli shirt, highly suggest picking one up for $139 or so from one of the forum's favorite esellers. you can hardly go wrong at that price-- not to mention both usually carry other great brands like finamore, barba, etc.
 

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