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All,

I'm in the market for some new shirts - dress and casual. Can anyone chime in the the quality of Press' shirts?

Years ago, the quality of their shirts didn't match that of their suits, blazers and tweeds. I hope that's changed.

Anyone?

Merry, merry,
FH
 

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I used to wear a lot of Press shirts. I found them well made. However, the Press fit has always seemed to be on the trim side. The collars were close to perfect after several years of being too short but still lacked the elusive roll of ancient memories of Brooks and the standard at Mercer. As their prices have moved up, even though Mercers cost more, I concluded I would rather have fewer Mercers than more Press. If you pull the trigger I would be interested in your assessment. If you go OCBD at Press, the pocket flap is definitely a love it or hate it thing.
 

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I used to wear a lot of Press shirts. I found them well made. However, the Press fit has always seemed to be on the trim side. The collars were close to perfect after several years of being too short but still lacked the elusive roll of ancient memories of Brooks and the standard at Mercer. As their prices have moved up, even though Mercers cost more, I concluded I would rather have fewer Mercers than more Press. If you pull the trigger I would be interested in your assessment. If you go OCBD at Press, the pocket flap is definitely a love it or hate it thing.
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I have several of their shirts. Their OCBDs have been great. Their other (broadcloth?) shirts are fine, although I have found that the collars shrink more than some of my others. I always take them to the cleaners which I am sure is part of this, but I take all my shirts there, and my must iron BBs (pre-bankruptcy) and Gitmans don't usually shrink much at all. I get a lot of life out of them, though.
 

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Oddly enough I've never bought many J Press shirts and don't have any in the rotation now, but will second what others have said about their sizing; they tend to be fairly trim, just like their trousers. Oddly enough however J Press suit jackets / sportcoats have always been larger than comparable brands.

I did notice that J Press now has a custom / MTM option on their website where you can choose your fabric and features. Would be curious to see if anyone has experimented with that.
 

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Does anyone have experience with their Pendant label trim fit shirts? I've been considering one but have no idea what "trim" fitting means to J. Press. Is this like Brooks' regent fit? Slimmer? If anyone has one of these shirts and is willing to measure the pit-to-pit, that would be much appreciated! Most of my OCBDs are madison fit or some kind of classic/regular cut. I think I'd be fine with what I imagine "trim" to be, but if it is like Brooks' milano or extra slim offerings, I want to steer clear!
 

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All,

I'm in the market for some new shirts - dress and casual. Can anyone chime in the the quality of Press' shirts?

Years ago, the quality of their shirts didn't match that of their suits, blazers and tweeds. I hope that's changed.

Anyone?

Merry, merry,
FH
I just purchased several J Press and O Connells (first time, moved on from BB permanently) shirt and see little difference in fit. 15.5 x 34 I felt like the o Connells is a hair thinner. O Connells felt like a better made shirt though. O Connells collar roll better as well.

Interestingly I compared some sport shirt which are decent quality from my local store and compared the collars - all nearly identical. Placement of the collar button determined the “roll”. My Gitman dress shirts are the slimmest and have the shortest collars but are well constructed.

Wondering how much it would cost to have my tailor relocate buttons on 10 shirt…


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Wondering how much it would cost to have my tailor relocate buttons on 10 shirts
Zip, if you do it yourself.
But since I'm unlikely to move you in that direction, let me mention this...

I believe you're talking about moving the buttons up, not down or over, and thereby exposing the area where the button used to be, so consider first removing a button from a shirt that's not particularly important to you to see what's left after it's removed, meaning any sort of holes that cannot be covered through pressing with a hot iron.

All shirting material, no matter the quality, is as you know relatively thin compared to most other fabrics, so care in removing the buttons is paramount. Often, inside the shirt behind each button, will be a button-sized piece of fabric that thickens the area where the button is attached so it can't easily pull off the shirt. This is good because when you remove the buttons there will be less chance of cutting the shirt. Good luck with this.

(As a complete aside, I am the opposite of most here. Do not care for the bell-shaped roll. I have always liked the look of a collar when using a collar pin, not because of the pin, but because of what it does, hold the points of the collar down tight right up to the tie knot. Because of the like of that look, I have a few times sewn a button down collar to the shirt halfway up the point, allowing only space for the tie to pop through. Different strokes, etc.)
 

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Zip, if you do it yourself.
But since I'm unlikely to move you in that direction, let me mention this...

I believe you're talking about moving the buttons up, not down or over, and thereby exposing the area where the button used to be, so consider first removing a button from a shirt that's not particularly important to you to see what's left after it's removed, meaning any sort of holes that cannot be covered through pressing with a hot iron.

All shirting material, no matter the quality, is as you know relatively thin compared to most other fabrics, so care in removing the buttons is paramount. Often, inside the shirt behind each button, will be a button-sized piece of fabric that thickens the area where the button is attached so it can't easily pull off the shirt. This is good because when you remove the buttons there will be less chance of cutting the shirt. Good luck with this.

(As a complete aside, I am the opposite of most here. Do not care for the bell-shaped roll. I have always liked the look of a collar when using a collar pin, not because of the pin, but because of what it does, hold the points of the collar down tight right up to the tie knot. Because of the like of that look, I have a few times sewn a button down collar to the shirt halfway up the point, allowing only space for the tie to pop through. Different strokes, etc.)
As regards your second aside, I like the bell but also the look you describe. For me the love of the OCBD is all about the comfort. Billowy fabric getting softer and softer over the years is lovely. I hang onto them long after the collar has been turned and frayed again.
 
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