Monday, May 12, 2014

Reviewing a Tailor4Less shirt

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


One of the worst things about a custom shirt — or, for that matter, any made-to-measure or bespoke clothing — is waiting for it to be finished.

Even with dozens of internet-based custom shirtmakers offering made-to-measure the wait can often be as much as six or eight weeks. This sort of delay requires one to plan ahead of time, especially if the shirt is for a special occasion.

One shirtmaker challenging the norm is Tailor4Less, which makes shirts in as little as 14 days.

As its name indicates, Tailor4Less is, well, considerably less expensive than competitors.

This correspondent’s shirt was $58.95, which included a monogram and free shipping-and-handling via DHL. Not only was the price lower than custom competitors, but it’s also less than the overpriced shirts found on the racks of upscale department stores.

Tailor4Less can offer such a low price because it doesn’t have the almost endless cloth choices of Neronote, which offers very high-end cloths from the finest of Italian mills.

Yet it has most of the essential colors and patterns — stripes, Gingham checks, solids — in both 100% cotton and 100% linen.

Other ordering options are a bit limited, too.

For example, Tailor4Less was unable to accommodate a special request for a wider cutaway collar, which was disappointing as what’s offered is really just a standard spread collar.

The collar stays couldn’t be removed, which might be an issue for some. Also on the subject of the collar, it’s fused, though fusing has come a long ways in recent years because of better technology.

The bottom line: Self-measuring is never easy, but Tailor4Less makes it pretty easy to get a reasonably decent fit. This correspondent would tweak the chest measurements on a subsequent order, but otherwise the shirt fits well considering no visit to a tailor was required.

Tailor4Less could stand to improve its range of cloth options, but all things considered it offers a good value for the money. Better made-to-measure services, including shirts made in the United States, can be found elsewhere, but they will cost considerably more.

One other thing: The shirt arrived in a yellow plastic DHL bag with no visual branding or even any marketing materials included inside. It was as if someone at the shirtmaking factory just folded the shirt and put it in the bag without giving any thought to the customer experience.

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