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