Who makes a great linen shirt?

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by Dhaller, May 22, 2019.

  1. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Georgia
    Atlanta
    I did a search, but there aren't any particularly recent "linen shirt" threads, so...

    ... any recommendations?

    (Leaning towards BB's Irish linen shirts in their "Regent" fit, but figured I'd quiz the pub first.)

    DH
     
  2. momsdoc

    momsdoc Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    Ocean
    I recently recieved my first Proper Cloth shirt. They have an extensive array of linen to choose from. It appears well made, and with the few minor tweaks I made to their standard trim fit pattern, fits perfectly.

    Best of all, is that they encourage you to launder it before deciding if the fit is proper, and if not, then that shirt can be returned for a refund or do over. I have worn it once, and after I wash and dry it twice, I will be able to determine if the pattern is fine as is, or have the luxury of making further adjustments to the pattern so that the fit will remain perfect into the future. It never occurred to me that a manufacturer would allow a return after laundering a shirt. I presumed their default response would be that I had damaged the shirt by improperly washing and drying it. Now I have the option of abusing it in the laundry without fear of undo shrinkage.

    Since I send my shirts to the cleaners for laundering (not dry cleaning), I have always been afraid that delicate fabrics such as linen would be ruined by their hot water and presumably excessively hot driers. I have therefore always washed my linen shirts at home and let them air dry. I hate doing laundry, so if I can consign them to the cleaners I will be much happier. The lessened lifespan of a shirt consigned to such abusive treatment is far offset by the joy of being saved from performing such a monotonous task.

    For those of you who are horrified by this dereliction of duty on my part, I can only say, good for you, to each their own. Enjoy yourselves, I’d rather eat razor blades.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  3. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

    United States
    Tennessee
    Chattanooga
    I have at least one Kamakura linen shirt. It's pretty nice.
     
  4. delicious_scent

    delicious_scent Super Member

    Canada
    Saskatchewan
    Regina
    I've had success with Spier & Mackay's linen shirts. Comfy, rumply, less sweaty and smelly in summer too compared to cotton.
    I wouldn't say linen is particularly delicate. I've found it to be robust.
     
  5. momsdoc

    momsdoc Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    Ocean
    I meant it more as to it’s qualities of shrinkage and wrinkling.

    So far, once you get used to the idiosyncrasies of their sizing, I have found everything I have purchase from Spier & Mackey to be a good value, and good quality. They are one of my first options when looking for a garment, and their sale and bundle prices are outstanding. The USD/CAD exchange rate makes them a terrific choice.
     
  6. delicious_scent

    delicious_scent Super Member

    Canada
    Saskatchewan
    Regina
    Ah ok, now I understand.

    I wholeheartedly agree. Most of my wardrobe now consists of S&M.

    Their MTM shirts are also a great value, I love being able to mess around with the collar as much as I want.

    I can't wait for their online MTO program for trousers and jackets.
     
  7. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    Illinois
    Chicago
    I second the Kamakura recommendation.

    If you’re looking for value and watching your budget, the consider UniQlo.
     
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  8. paxonus

    paxonus Senior Member

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    United States
    California
    Los Angeles
    Another vote for Proper Cloth. I just received my first shirt from them in a broad stripe linen and couldn't be more pleased with the result. I used their fit assessment system instead of providing exact measurements. They take shrinkage into account so you don't need to worry about it. The fabric selection is very good. Here is how mine came out:

    https://propercloth.com/design-a-shirt/?shirtID=1058965
     
  9. Dcr5468

    Dcr5468 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    United States
    Louisiana
    Mandeville
    Careful - the regent linen shirts are slimmer than the regent dress shirts


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  10. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Georgia
    Atlanta
    Kamakura seems mostly out of stock on linen shirts, and I'm not seeing linen as an option for their made-to-order shirts.

    The Proper Cloth shirts look nice; lots of colors, as well. I'll give them a try!

    DH
     

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