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Where do I get a decent tailored shirt in the GTA without breaking the bank?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by addikt, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. addikt

    addikt Member

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    Title says it all, but I'd be willing to trek outside of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) if someone has a solid recco.

    Also, I don't have current measurements, so a 3 shirt minimum doesn't bother me.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ktrp

    ktrp Well-Known Member

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    Maxwell's comes through the GTA twice a year. I would categorize what you get from them as 'a decent tailored shirt'. 3-shirts in most of their fabrics are 135 + duty, which ends up being all in something like 60/shirt.

    Unfortunately they were just through in September, they will be back through in the spring.

    I don't have any experience with actual made in toronto shirts, though I do know the pricing is more like 135/shirt, rather then 135/3.
     
  3. Raoul Duke

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    As far as I know, no one here has had any experience with Spier & Mackay, but I'm going to give them a whirl 2 weekends from now. You have to prepay for 3 shirts to get a discount, but they make the first and then you have a fitting where they note any further adjustments for the next two. From my discussions with them, they actually draft a new pattern for each customer. Standard buttons are oyster shell, but they are working on sourcing some Australian MOP buttons. I'll report back once I get a chance to make it down to their shop.
     
  4. addikt

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    Awesome Raoul, let me know how it goes. What is their pricing like?

    KTRP: I just missed them? Damn. I'll keep my eye open on the website, and hopefully I can catch them next time. It's a shame that everything is so expensive in Toronto.

    I'm debating as to whether I just want to go pay the $155 per shirt price, and then use those measurements to get tailored to order shirts from some korean website.
     
  5. Raoul Duke

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    They are $110 each, but if you buy 3 or more, you save $25 each, making them $85/shirt. They also offer free alterations in the case that you are unsatisfied.
     
  6. addikt

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    Does Spier & Mackay have a physical location, or is it all done online? I would rather get my measurments professionally done.
     
  7. Raoul Duke

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    https://www.spierandmackay.com/ 1535 Meyerside Drive Unit 20 Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1M9 The hours are pretty limited. You can also arrange for appointments on Sundays. Check out the website.
     
  8. addikt

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    Wow, I could have sworn that I hit contact us and all I got was a phone number. If you don't mind sending a PM my way, let me know how it goes. Those hours will be difficult for me to work around at the moment.
     
  9. Raoul Duke

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    Will do -- like I said though, it'll be a couple weeks before I can make it down myself due to my work schedule.
     
  10. Odd I/O

    Odd I/O Well-Known Member

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    You can try IM-Label. They have 3 shirts starting at $150.

    Peter Lee/Lee Baron also has a Toronto office across from the Eaton Centre if you care to give them a try.
     
  11. frenchy

    frenchy Well-Known Member

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    i know Duff_man mentioned a good place recently,ask him
     
  12. addikt

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    Raoul: Yeah, no rush. Just let me know how it turns out, if you don't mind.

    I've been meaning to give IM-Label a call. They don't list their hours of operation on their website, and I don't work downtown so I probably won't be able to make it there before they close.

    Also, when I browsed the Lee Baron site, I check the listing of fabrics and all I can see is $450 almost every pattern available. That's a little outside of my price range.
     
  13. Redwoood

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    ^^^that's Hong-Kong dollars, and for ordering online only, I'd assume
     
  14. Doxe

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    There is Just White Shirts who have a shop in Scotia Plaza, and a main store at 1991 Leslie. I'd recommend going to the Leslie St. store. I've used them with decent results. Just make sure you specify how long you want your collar points, and how hight you want your collar. Prices are $10 to $140 for custom.

    I've also used Marlon Durrant on Church St. Prices are closer to $400 per shirt. But the shirt is full bespoke.
     
  15. Redwoood

    Redwoood Well-Known Member

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    $10 for a custom shirt?
    Do they wrap you in ceran wrap?
     
  16. Doxe

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    ^^^^^

    Should be $110 to $140.
     
  17. addikt

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    I was going to visit JustWhiteShirts, I found them online a couple of days ago. I wanted to check out the Leslie location, but it was closed. Also, in trying to Google Maps it the address points to the middle of Leslie right before the 401. So, I figured I would rather wait and call than go on a wild goose chase.

    I would order from an online vendor, but I've heard that they usually botch the first few shirts before all the measurement quirks are worked out. I know that some will allow you to go in and get it re-tailored to your fit and then reimburse you. However, I don't want to have to squabble over price differences or wait 8 weeks to get a payout if something is wrong. I would rather buy from a vendor with a physical presence. If something is screwed up in the process, I want someone to yell at that can't take cover from behind their phone.

    That said, I might just take a trip downtown as if I go there I can hit up both IM-Label and JustWhiteShirts.
     
  18. Master-Classter

    Master-Classter Well-Known Member

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    are you looking specifically for MTM or just a fitted shirt (ie OTR is an option)?

    what's your general budget?
     
  19. addikt

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    As it stands I mainly purchase OTR from H&M, as sad as that sounds. I do it primarily for fit alone, as I haven't found any other label that fits me. I confess, I have found a few shirts there that I genuinely do like, however it still limits the number of options in my wardrobe extensively.

    I pay standard fare for a shirt from H&M, the running rate being around $60 OTR. That said, I wouldn't mind spending up to $90 a shirt. Still, I'd prefer to go with one of the Korean or HK tailors if I can. Their shits are substantially less, and I've seen their work; it's decent enough for the price. But, as I've said, I would like to get my measurements professionally done before I exercise that option.

    I've also toyed with the option of purchasing larger shirts and then having them re-tailored, but from what I have read that it's usually not worth the time or effort. You might as well just go out and get a tailored shirt.
     
  20. ktrp

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    Darts are cheaper, but cutting the sides and sleeves down costs $25 at Magic Tailor accross from the Eaton Center. If your budget is $90, that means if you see a shirt for 65 or less that you like better then H&M, its worth doing.
     

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