Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Reviewing the new shirt from J. Hilburn

Editor's note — This is part of a continuing Pinstripes and Tweed series on custom clothing


The newest shirt from custom clothier J. Hilburn arrived earlier this week, just in time for the springtime weather that is slowly, but surely, coming.

It took just under a month to receive the new shirt, which is a little slower than some shirtmakers but is generally in line with custom standards.

The blue Glen plaid with blue over-check cloth starts at $109 (ordering options can increase the price), which is $20 less than a more luxurious Thomas Mason cloth that is otherwise very similar.

As with the first J. Hilburn shirt reviewed here on, this is a high-quality shirt that fit perfectly right out of the box.

There’s almost no visible loose stitching or shoddy craftsmanship — something that isn't always the case with internet-based shirtmakers, whose quality can vary greatly. (Only the machine-sewn buttonhole on the collar could have been done better, especially since this is highly visible if the shirt is worn without a necktie.)

The bottom line: J. Hilburn stands apart from many of its competitors with its excellent service. Having an expertly trained local stylist is critical, as many gentlemen — even the most sartorially astute — will struggle to measure themselves.  

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