Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Maxwell's Tailor Shirt Review!!

Maxwell's Tailors usually comes to town twice a year once in the spring and once in the fall.  They are probably best known for their custom tailored shirts but also do suits, trousers, blazers and outerwear.  They have one of the best deals around for tailored shirts 3 for $150.00, though you will pay extra duty charges when the shirts arrive usually around $30.00.

They usually book a room at a local hotel and once you enter have many tables full of fabric swatches.  When you get in they will give you a form which you fill out and then you'll go through the fabrics and pick out the ones you like. (It can get very busy!)  They also carry a line of higher end fabric for the shirts which are an extra cost.....I believe it was around $75.00 per shirt?

The regular fabrics are quite the selection everything from 100% Egyptian cotton, cotton blends to sea island cotton.  They have various cuff and collar styles that you can choose and they have shirts on display that show the various styles.  You also can get the shirt monogrammed as well as have removable collar stays, these options are all included in the standard price, no extra charge!  Once you've made your shirts decision they measure you up, you can tell the tailor if you want a more slim cut or loose fit, long or short sleeve, etc.  Then you have to wait 6-8 weeks to receive the shirts.  This is perhaps the only downfall as it takes awhile to receive the shirts. 

Once the shirts arrived:

                                           French Cuff with Monogram

                                            Button and Placket

                                           Shirt Collar

The shirt fit me perfect!  The quality of the shirt is also very well made.  I only wish you have an option to choose your buttons as they all come with the same button style.  It not bad but they are rather thin for my liking I prefer thinker buttons, also the buttons are made to look like mother of pearl, but they are not.  Maxwell states that the shirts are single needle tailored and hand cut.  I have since ordered twice form Maxwell and the shirts have stood up well, I use them as my everyday office shirts and they still look new. I haven't had any issues with the stitching or loose buttons or fading of the fabric colors.

Also Maxwell can do many different options for your shirt for example if you wanted a white collar and cuffs only, and I believe they charge an extra $5.00 for any of these additional requests.

Overall I'm quite satisfied with the shirts I have received as not only is the fit great but the quality and materials are excellent for the price point.  They only real downfall is the long lead time to receive your order!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Maxwell's Tailors is Coming to town!!!

Still one of the best deals for custom made shirts - 3 for $150.00!  Stay tuned for my upcoming review on Maxwell Tailors shirts.

Friday, February 10, 2012

My Second Indochino Suit Review!!! - The Essential Grey Suit

My second Indochino suit turned out to be a better fit than my first one!  Lacking a solid grey suit in my collection I decided to take advantage of an Indochino coupon I had last year and grab the Essential Grey Suit.  My advantage this time is that after noticing a few areas that could be tweaked on my black suit I made a few changes to my online measurement profile.  The result when I received the suit was a perfect fit!  The only exception was the trouser which I requested to have unhemmed,  I prefer to have these measured to my shoes.  It doesn't cost you anything because Indochino reimburses you for the cost of alteration. (Though I did check the site today and noticed that the unhemmed option is not available?).

My Options:
  • Working Cuff Buttons
  • Pick Stitching (didn't get this option on my black suit)
  • Dark Gray Satin Lining (Now Indochino has a much better selection for the linings)
  • Pen Pocket
  • Unhemmed Trouser
  • Change Pocket within Trouser
The essential grey suit not only fit better on me than my first suit (essential black suit), it seemed to have a better workmanship all around.  The pick stitching is a must for this suit as it is subtle but really adds detail to the suit.

Putting it to the Test:

After Noticing the line issue I had with my black suit (see my first review), I was afraid that the same thing would occur on the Grey suit, but it never happened!  In fact I endued up where the grey suit at least 18 times last year and the line never appeared.  I wore the black suit only a few times before the line appeared.
Overall the fabric is of good quality and durable, if you maintain the suit it can go awhile before you need to bring it to a cleaner.  I'm actually surprised at how well the suit has held up considering it is not the highest quality of fabrics.  The comfort level is excellent I've worn the suit for practically the whole day it never felt uncomfortable on me.  Though on a hot day you will definitely perspire with the jacket on as it is a medium felt suit which is mainly for spring/fall season.  (In my opinion the best fabric for a suit in the summer - linen or linen mix)


I was really glad that this suit didn't have the line issue of my black suit, otherwise I probably would never order another suit from Indochino.  Though this suit fit better and had a higher quality of workmanship than my first suit, it's still a $379.00 suit.  It's no Zegna, but because the suit is made to measure and the small details such as the bull horn buttons, it will definitely make you stand out!  In fact the best feature of Indochino is the wide range of customization one can do to the suit and not get charged extra for it.  Honestly I shopped around and there is almost no one out there that provides that many options for the price you're paying on the essential grey suit.  For all the options, quality, timeline, and perfect fit guarantee Indochino is by far the best bang for your buck!