10 weeks?! Jeez, it seems everything these days is just taking longer and longer to make, I'm guessing too many orders, not enough manpower or people willing to work and companies unable to hire new people. It's sad how far we have fallen.I spoke with Mercer and they are around 10 weeks lead time ATM, so I may have to wait to try them. I kinda need a shirt for an event sooner.
I cannot remember the last time I tried on a brand new Gitman shirt then washed it to compare the shrinkage. On this one my advice would be inexact,...@127.72 MHz what is the shrinkage like on the Gitman Bros? I spoke with Mercer and they are around 10 weeks lead time ATM, so I may have to wait to try them. I kinda need a shirt for an event sooner.
So, I am leaning towards Gitman but want to make sure I order the proper sizing.
I happen to love the O'Connell's unlined OCBDs. These have my vote and Im looking to pick up my first Mercer shirts soon.Gentlemen,
Lemme know whatcha think…TIA
1. YesTwo Questions:
1. Does Gitman make O’Connells house brand?
2. Has anyone tried New England Shirt Company?
You mean better than Gitman, not as good as Mercer?1. Yes
2. Yes, assuming that Andover Shop's BDs labeled Made in New England are they.
The New England shirts are lovely but hard to find. In terms of cut and design, I would say they were between Gitman and Mercer, not a bad place to be,
What about Frank Foster shirts? I know you have a lot of those and have talked about them on your blog. They look phenomenal but are they still around since Mr. Foster died? Their website also is no longer active but they have an active Instagram page.The best shirts I have are Turnbull & Asser bespoke.
Frank Foster shirts are still around, and the majority of the ones I have I got after Mr Foster died. The shirts are on the same level as Turnbull & Asser, but in my experience they haven't been as flexible as Turnbull & Asser. Both shirtmakers have similar house styles, but Turnbull & Asser are able to break away from their house style more easily.What about Frank Foster shirts? I know you have a lot of those and have talked about them on your blog. They look phenomenal but are they still around since Mr. Foster died? Their website also is no longer active but they have an active Instagram page.
There's plenty of bad bespoke out there too.@Matt S I want to just take a moment to express my appreciation for your steadfast consistency Sir.
Anyone on the Forum - "Who makes the best...?"
Matt S. - "Bespoke..."
As that noted sartorial paragon, Arthur Fonzarelli, would say, correctamundo.You mean better than Gitman, not as good as Mercer?
I have one secondhand shirt from Anto, and the quality is superb. I spoke with Jack once about 5 years ago and I was amazed with what he said they were capable of. All their shirts I see in film and television look perfect.The word “best“can be a bit subjective it seems. At least at times as everyone has their personal preferences and quirks. However, over the years I’ve experimented with bespoke shirts made by several of the top shelf craftsman such as Charvet, Luca Avitabile, Robert Whittaker, and Hamilton, as well as a few others. They all have their merits and all do great work. I’m certainly not disparaging any of them.
That said, several years ago I settled on Anto of Beverly Hills and go with them exclusively. Jack and Ken simply make a shirt that no one else can and they do it with amazing consistency. The phrase, “You get what you pay for” seems to get tossed around a bit arbitrarily nowadays but in this instance it really applies.