Handmade Hawiian ShirtFor someone who makes custom suits for a living, I am a fairly casual guy. When I wear a blazer or suit, it is usually because I have been asked out to dinner, have important business, or it is a special occasion.
Custom Short Sleeve Shirt
But I did make the decision some years back to throw away all of my t-shirts and to cast off the eternal American childhood of cotton jersey knits.
How did I fill the gap? With dozens of buttondown shirts in prints, stripes, and plaids.
For summer this means Hawaiian shirts and lots of them. One can be, I discovered, just as casual and comfortable, but with a bit more style and verve.
The pics in this posting show a couple shirts cut with my favorite Hawiian shirt pattern and coconut shell buttons. Both are cotton, one with a Japanese kingyo print and the other in a hand-dye batik.Kingyo Shirt
When you order a shirt you can choose from literally thousands of prints.
We can select a dozen or so in the color and style that you like and present those to you as options, or we can send you some links to some of the best suppliers of cotton prints and you can browse an immense selection of fabrics.
Semi-Wide Spread Collar Formal ShirtThis is a sketch of a shirt that we made for a customer for his wedding, along with some pics of the finished shirt. You won’t find anything like this at Macy’s!
The problem with dress shirts today is that they are fitted merely by the measurements of the shoulder/sleeve and neck. And, in many brands one is stuck with a shirt that is made to fit the largest of these measurements. Formal Shirt
Last time I bought a shirt from a department store (when I was interviewing for “real” jobs, before I started this little crazy tailoring shop) the only shirt that would fit my neck had 2″ extra on each shoulder, 8″ ease at the chest and perhaps 20″ at the waist (and I am not exactly a skinny guy).
Semi-Wide Collar

Semi-Wide Collar

On the other hand, when I buy a fashionable name brand shirt (fitted in S-M-L-XL) there simply isn’t a size that doesn’t stop my breathing.
Am I the exception?
Not exactly. Nearly everyone has some “abnormal” feature. Perhaps you are too tall, too short, large in the chest, long arms, or a beer belly. But does that mean that you should be doomed to wearing a shirt that fits only this one feature?
Semi-Wide Collar with Tie

Semi-Wide Collar with Tie

The shirt in these pics, fit the groom exactly. The back darts tucked in the waist, so that the whole piece was shaped exactly to fit his body.
Made from a white-on-white striped cotton with French cuffs and a semi-wide spread collar for an extra touch.
Made -to-measure in only the best fabrics starting at $165. Choose from over a dozen different collar and cuff options, and many more fit, hem, and yoke options.
These are a few of our shirts, made for a customer, that display the difference that comes from having bespoke clothing. These shirts combine a set of details that would be impossible to find in a store bought shirt.[imagebrowser id=2]
French cuffs, a French placket. Pockets that are close to invisible as they are perfectly matched and blind hemmed by hand. All of this combined with a more “casual” turn-down collar and a tunic hem that is meant to be worn untucked, concealing the shape of the lower body.
When you order a shirt from us, you can pick from more than a dozen collar, cuff styles, and bodies. You decide how many pockets you want, the placket style, and choose from 100s of fabrics.