It’s a great time to be a custom menswear enthusiast, and the premium shirting from Apposta offers another option for the discerning customer.
This article offers an overview of the process, customization, and the finished product of an Apposta shirt.
About Apposta Shirting
Apposta is Italian for “On Purpose.” It’s actually the second generation of Neronote, a company founded by Italian digital entrepreneurs Gianluca Mei and Gianmarco Taccaliti.
The company was created for two purposes. First, to offer the consumer extraordinary choice. They offer 150 pre-designed shirts models in addition to nearly unlimited customization options. These designs can be customized and measurements can be added to ensure a shirt fits you perfectly.
If none of the suggested designs match what you’re looking for, you can use the online customization tool or even make your own.
Second, the company simply offers better materials. Contrary to many of the mass market shirtmakers, Apposta shirting is constructed with cloth from some of the world’s best makers, including Getzner, Leggiuno, and the Albini family of brands.
Each shirt is made in Italy with the experience over 100 years of craftsmanship brings.
The Apposta Process
Step 1: Cloth Selection
Your journey begins at apposta.com.
First, decide if you desire a pre-styled model or to create something unique. Then, select your fabric and your fabric producer.
If you’re looking for a quintessential business shirt, a smooth, breezy poplin, like this one, will be a perfect choice. Should you desire a more weekend-appropriate shirt, a rougher Oxford cloth is right up your alley.
Or, you can try for something a little more fashion-forward with denim, linen, seersucker, or any other of the 3,000+ fabrics Apposta has to offer!
Our tester wanted a classic look to last for years to come, so he chose a double-twisted Giza 45 “Byron-Kent” poplin from Thomas Mason.
Step 2: Style
With the cloth selected, you can now get on to design Nearly every aspect of the shirt can be customized, including:
- 9 different cuff styles
- 7 pocket styles
- Placket Variance
- 29 Collar variations
And those are just the just basics. Within these, you can customize additional elements like contrasting collars, cuffs, mother-of-pearl buttons (at no extra charge), and edge stitching starting at 1mm.
So, after much debate, our tester chose to give his shirt the few subtle touches shown above.
- French cuffs
- 1mm edge stitching
- Tab Collar
- Mother-of-Pearl Buttons
The Finished Apposta Shirt
Time from order to delivery is about three weeks, which is quite speedy for Italian-made shirting.
Immediately, you notice a unique touch:
The date of the order is stitched into the label. That way, you can track (for better or worse!) when you ordered the shirt and how it fit.
The tab collar is deployed beautifully. It’s a subtle element that elevates your tie knot and has it it sit * just so* for a more rakish touch.
The Thomas Mason poplin is light and cool to the touch. The hand is slick and supernaturally soft.
On the body, it’s even cooler. Our tester first wore the shirt in a hot conference room for a full day of meetings and found it wonderfully refreshing not to overheat!
At 120/2 warp, the cloth is not particularly transparent. However, if working in an environment with fluorescent or yellowish light one may wish to consider a thin undershirt.
Thomas Mason and the Albini family of brands are renowned for their construction, and this is certainly the case in the Byron-Kent cloth.
The Ask Andy Community has discussed this brand-family in our Fashion forum many times over the years, so if you’d to learn more, please visit those discussions here.
This is apparent in the shirt itself.
You can work with some of the finest cloth in the world, but fit will forever be paramount. And, as we can see, this fits quite nicely.
This shirt is classically slim on on our tester, who stands 5’7.25″ , weighs 160lbs, with a 39″ chest and 31.75 inch waist. It’s neither billowing nor is it constricting.
The shoulder seams sit perfectly on the shoulder bone, allowing for both comfort and an enhanced silhouette.
The neck is comfortably snug, and will sit even better after a wash or two.
All in all, this is very pleasant shirt to wear.
The Apposta Difference
We mentioned earlier in there are no shortage of makers producing custom shirts online. Some have slick rendering engines with a phenomenal customer experience, but end up delivering a subpar product with inferior cloth. Others may have the cloth, but don’t know how to use it.
Apposta is committed to using the best materials and the best craftsmen to give the consumer the finest
To learn more about Apposta, please be sure to visit their website.
Here at Ask Andy, we believe style should be fun and a means of self expression. However, we also believe just because you can doesn’t mean you should, and extreme choice can lead to option paralysis.
The most stylish items, then, are often the most subtle. Consider a classic shirt with two custom elements to help you stand out.