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Van laack shirts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kalra2411, May 23, 2004.

  1. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    I just wanted to know if anyone had anything to say about them, as most people here go on about Jantzen and British brands like Turnbull & Asser etc.

    I personaly think that Van Laack are far better, as are Herbie Frogg of London, but I doubt any of you have heard of Herbie Frogg as I don't think it is sold in the US.
     


  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I like the styling of Van Laack shirts, but both their styling and quality pale in comparison to the top tier Italian (Brioni and Attolini for similar styles) and French (Charvet in particular) shirtmakers. Of course, Van Laack shirts are at a lower pricepoint. But for the money, I would go with Barba for business and evening use and with Richard James (yes, I've heard all the complaints about the *non-bespoke* Savile Row houses from this forum) for casual occasions.
     


  3. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    Charvet are very good.


    I would say that the Italian shirts are of a far higher quality, but the fit is bad for me. What is Barba, never heard of it, any website?
     


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    bigbadbuff Senior member

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    http://www.barbanapoli.com/index.htm Very nice site, in Italian but the pics speak quite nicely. [​IMG] FWIW Barba is considered to be one of the trimmer Italian shirtmakers... I know most don't want to do it, but I wouldn't mind having a shirt taken in if necessary...
     


  5. kalra2411

    kalra2411 Senior member

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    Unlucky for me, the have no market presence in the UK, I shall pick a few up on my travels thought.
     


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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Barba's shirts are very similar to Gucci's in that the collars all tend to be a high spread collar.

    Van Laack is a Northern European company that is of average quality. However they did have a fine tuxedo shirt with embroidered detailing.

    I believe they use sewn in collar stays. Jacques Britt is a better maker. Joop's shirtings are made by him I recall.
     


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