Off Your Back
Made-to-Measure Shirts Cater to Men Who Want a Streak of Perfection in their Wardrobes
From the Print Edition:
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Apart from these many and varied measurements, and if a man is so inclined, he may have his shirts custom-made of Egyptian, long staple cotton, which is silky to the touch and more than a little painful to the wallet, because it is often imported from Italy, Switzerland, France or Japan. Most shirtmakers, however, travel with a wide array of cottons and wash-and-wear blends that are popular with traveling executives. A man may choose the best mother-of-pearl buttons to be used (always cross-stitched for strength) for his shirts, although the fragile buttons may not always stand up to commercial laundering. Removable collar stays are almost always standard and are desirable because they allow for the best possible ironing of the collar.
Finally, single-needle tailoring, with as many as 25 stitches to the inch, is also standard with all custom shirtmaking. It is a tailoring technique that ensures a sturdy, well-made garment, which is properly sewn and will last a lifetime.
What you'll end up with is a shirt certainly worth taking off your back for a friend. But you won't want to. And, once you've tested the market, you won't ever want to go back to the rack.
Ralph DiGennaro is a free-lance writer who covers style and fashion.
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