A while back, I was graciously given a free Made-to Measure shirt from Deo Veritas
, a Chicago based online shirt service. The shirt I had them make for me
may have been a bit (dare I say it) flashy, over the top, even. What do you want from me? A greenhorn move to be sure. But honestly, I don't have any problem finding white and blue shirts that fit, so why waste the opportunity? In any case, I was very impressed by the fit, material, and construction of that shirt. So much so that I decided to blow my Christmas bonus on a couple more. They arrived today:
A tad more laid back than my first foray into Made-to-Measure, though not by much.
These two feature contrast club collars (read:rounded points),
and a two button rounded edge cuff.
I paid $150 for these two shirts. An extravagance, to be sure. But the way I figure, such are the occasional rewards of the thrifty life. In general, I disdain retail, and I buy everything second hand for incredibly low prices. The older I get, the more I see this as a way to justify an infrequent big expenditure.
Back when I reviewed my first Deo Veritas shirt, some of you expressed misgivings at the fact hat it was made in Hong Kong. Allow me to address that concern.
"Made in China" has come to be a phrase akin to a dirty word. It often means "Made in Sweatshop". True, Americans tend to consume a lot of junk at the expense of sweatshop labor, but this isn't necessarily
always the case. For a better look at what I mean, read here
Hong Kong actually has a long and revered history in the production of bespoke and hand tailored menswear. Even my nemesis can attest to this. In my thrift adventures, I have often come across serious "Trad" vintage, custom made for somebody else in Hong Kong. When these shirts arrived today, I checked the return address. Tailored Shirts Ltd. looks to be a stand up operation, if their website is any guide. Look 'em over.
The shirts are well made, and fit beautifully. They have an eighth button, preventing them form ever coming un-tucked. The fabrics, mostly made in Italy, are top notch, smooth and soft to the touch, but seemingly long wearing (I'll update you in a year). At $75 (including such superfluous peacokery as monogramming), they may not be what you would call cheap, but they certainly are within reach, for a treat. And for as much as I enjoy donning some fabulous old thing bought for a song, there is something to be said for not only being the first to wear something, but also the guy who ordered it made.
Companies like Deo Veritas and tailored Shirts Ltd. provide us normal guys with the means to spoil ourselves every now and again. Much appreciated and highly recommended.