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Where do I get a decent tailored shirt in the GTA without breaking the bank?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by addikt, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Pennyarcade

    Pennyarcade Member

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    Raoul: Yeah, no rush. Just let me know how it turns out, if you don't mind.

    I've been meaning to give IM-Label a call. They don't list their hours of operation on their website, and I don't work downtown so I probably won't be able to make it there before they close.

    Also, when I browsed the Lee Baron site, I check the listing of fabrics and all I can see is $450 almost every pattern available. That's a little outside of my price range.


    Hi, I work for IM Label. We don't post our hours downtown since we operate by appointment only. Feel free to contact us to discuss booking an appointment.

    We also have a location up at Richmond Hill that is a retail shop. This location is open from 10am-6pm, mon-sat.
     
  2. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Senior member

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    I emailed IM Label a while back. Nice people, but the 3 shirts for $150 are made from the lowest quality stuff they've got. Expect 60/40 (cotton/poly) shirting fabrics and plastic buttons at that price point. MOP upgrade is $15/shirt. They did not specify what the cost of fabric upgrades are, or what is available. Not a huge deal, but expect to pay significantly more to get a quality product. A big positive is the complimentary alternations for 3 months after receipt of the shirt.
     
  3. addikt

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    Yeah, I don't think I would be too interested in a cotton/poly blend.

    Pennyarcade, where is the Richmond Hill location? I heard about it, but I don't see any address on the website.

    Also, I might check out Magic Tailor. I have a few shirts that are unwearable unless they are altered. How good a job do they do? Is it rushed, or will they spend the time with me to make sure the fit's right?
     
  4. Pennyarcade

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    I emailed IM Label a while back. Nice people, but the 3 shirts for $150 are made from the lowest quality stuff they've got. Expect 60/40 (cotton/poly) shirting fabrics and plastic buttons at that price point. MOP upgrade is $15/shirt. They did not specify what the cost of fabric upgrades are, or what is available. Not a huge deal, but expect to pay significantly more to get a quality product. A big positive is the complimentary alternations for 3 months after receipt of the shirt.

    Thanks for the assessment of our stuff. Our shirt fabric upgrades are not as bad as you may think: we offer 100% cotton upgrade for $10/shirt and higher grade cotton for $25/shirt.

    Yeah, I don't think I would be too interested in a cotton/poly blend.

    Pennyarcade, where is the Richmond Hill location? I heard about it, but I don't see any address on the website.

    Also, I might check out Magic Tailor. I have a few shirts that are unwearable unless they are altered. How good a job do they do? Is it rushed, or will they spend the time with me to make sure the fit's right?


    We are located at the Retail area of the sheraton hotel at Leslie and Hwy 7, unit 52. The address would be 670 Hwy 7 East.

    If you decide to become a client of IM Label, you can bring in the shirts that you want altered and see what we can do.
     
  5. Raoul Duke

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    Will do -- like I said though, it'll be a couple weeks before I can make it down myself due to my work schedule.
    Stopped by today while I was in Mississauga. The fabrics on the OTR shirts seemed better than the ones available for MTM, which I found quite strange. I would have preferred for the fabrics on both lines to be the same, so it would be easier to see what a shirt would look like when finished. Despite this shortcoming, I went ahead and placed an order for 3 shirts. Price was $255. Overall, nothing too exciting yet. The shirts looked well constructed, with excellent pattern matching and stitching, but the options were limited. The staff I spoke to were very knowledgeable about fabrics and what else is out there. They just started earlier this year, so they are still working on expanding their product line. The gentleman I spoke to has some leads on Thomas Mason and Monti Prince Rose fabrics, so I'd expect to see something of a higher quality in the near future. They are working on sourcing upgraded Australian MOP buttons over their standard Oyster Shell buttons. Fully canvassed suits and sport jackets are coming as well for around $600 for a suit, with quite a bit of handwork. He mentioned that I was trying to source some Harris Tweed, which would certainly prompt me to order a sportcoat. My first shirt will be made over the next couple of weeks. Once completed, I will go in for a fitting and we will make some minor adjustments to the pattern and then have the balance of the shirts made. I'll keep everyone posted as to the outcome of my experience. On edit: Currently they only offer fairly basic silk ties, but they are going to be doing knit/wool/cashmere in the future.
     
  6. Raoul Duke

    Raoul Duke Senior member

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    Received my first shirt of the three today in the mail. I would say that the fit is excellent for the first go. I'm going to give it a quick wash and then post fit pictures over the next couple of days. Here are some pictures straight out the packaging: [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. addikt

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    Hey Raoul, I appreciate you posting the pics and I look forward to seeing the final fit. What was the damage after all said and done? Also, where did you get measured, or did you do that yourself?

    I still haven't found time to go out yet, and I might look at Spier if the price is right. I went into IM label and was pretty impressed with their premium shirts.
     
  8. Raoul Duke

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    Hey Raoul, I appreciate you posting the pics and I look forward to seeing the final fit. What was the damage after all said and done? Also, where did you get measured, or did you do that yourself?

    I still haven't found time to go out yet, and I might look at Spier if the price is right. I went into IM label and was pretty impressed with their premium shirts.


    The shirt was $85. I had them measure me at their shop.
     
  9. ndw

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    The shirt was $85. I had them measure me at their shop.

    I'm nowhere near the Toronto area, but that looks like a beautiful shirt at a great price. I would have chosen a french front (easier to iron), but that is solid deal.
     
  10. Towers

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    There is Just White Shirts who have a shop in Scotia Plaza, and a main store at 1991 Leslie. I'd recommend going to the Leslie St. store. I've used them with decent results. Just make sure you specify how long you want your collar points, and how hight you want your collar. Prices are $10 to $140 for custom.

    I've also used Marlon Durrant on Church St. Prices are closer to $400 per shirt. But the shirt is full bespoke.


    Just white shirts sucks, I could have done better alterations at home.

    Marlon is awesome and I believe he has a new MTM line that is less expensive, I cant recommend him enough.
     
  11. Raoul Duke

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    I'm nowhere near the Toronto area, but that looks like a beautiful shirt at a great price. I would have chosen a french front (easier to iron), but that is solid deal.

    Thanks!

    I keep changing my preference on this. I have several shirts of each. I find with the french placket, it gets turned inside out at the bottom when I wash the shirt, which can be annoying to iron if the shirt dries that way.
     
  12. ndw

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    Thanks!

    I keep changing my preference on this. I have several shirts of each. I find with the french placket, it gets turned inside out at the bottom when I wash the shirt, which can be annoying to iron if the shirt dries that way.


    I had a similar issue so I took a needle and thread and sewed a tiny stitch to hold it in place so it doesn't fold over. It's not noticeable and it gets tucked into my pants anyway.
     
  13. dr. locktopus

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    How would those Spier & Mackay shirts compare to the Modern Tailor ones you already own?
     
  14. dr. locktopus

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    Just went to Spier & MacKay yesterday, they're having a 25% off sale until the end of Monday.

    3 shirts for $240 tax-in.

    Will post up when I get the trial shirt in 3-4 weeks.

    Went with a Blue pinpoint, white pinpoint and light blue gingham.
     
  15. DrPsycho

    DrPsycho Well-Known Member

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    Excuse me digging up and old thread, but there's tragically little available when one does a search for Spier and Mackay.

    I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd appreciate hearing follow-up from those who have tried them out.

    Anyone? :embar:
     
  16. dr. locktopus

    dr. locktopus Senior member

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    Whoops!

    Meant to post up in here. Spier & Mackay was fabulous for me. The pricing is good, their premium fabrics are great. Their shop is a bit camp, but most of the sales associates are knowledgeable. I suggest getting help from Rikky.

    Sorry for the poor lighting,

    [​IMG]
     
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