Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A look at Salmon Cove's Mackinac shirt

Salmon Cove is a Chicago-based company that sells contemporary prep clothing (think Vineyard Vines) for both gentlemen and ladies.

Though not made in the United States, Salmon Cove names its offerings after different parts of the country, including Michigan.

Two of its shirts carry names familiar to anyone who has visited Michigan’s gorgeous cottage country: Harbor Springs, a light blue plaid, and the multi-color windowpane Mackinac. Both shirts have double-button barrel cuffs, imitation mother-of-pearl buttons and a relatively trim cut.


For purposes of review, Salmon Cove provided this correspondent with the Mackinac shirt.

At $88, the Mackinac is somewhat high for an off-the-peg shirt made in Macau, especially with a plethora of internet-based shirtmakers selling made-to-measure shirts for under $100.

The 100 percent cotton shirt compares to what you might find from a mid-range mall store.  From a quality standpoint, there was a fair bit of visible loose stitching near buttonholes and seams that should have been caught in quality control. 

The shirt did, however, fit fairly well for off-the-peg, though the sleeves on a size small were a bit long for a 32/33-inch sleeve.

The bottom line: Salmon Cove needs to improve its quality, especially for its price point. It also would be nice to see a made in America tag.

All in all, the Mackinac shirt struggles to stand out from Polo Ralph Lauren’s off-the-peg shirts, which sell for about the same price.

1 comment:

  1. I would suggest you try a made to measure shirt from the likes of They cost a little more but they fit...