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One thing that I think I have too much of in my closet is shirts, more specifically, dress shirts. As a result, I haven't been all that interested in these new shirt companies popping up that claim to have the latest and greatest in "shirt-building" technology. I've stuck with my tried and true Brooks Brothers, Thom Browne, and Gitman Vintage shirts, and haven't really looked back.
However, the other day, I had the pleasure of meeting a guy named Parag, one of the founders of Hucklebury, an online shirt-maker based in San Francisco. He told me about his line of ready-to-wear dress shirts, and actually got me pretty curious. Why? Because he brought some shirts for me to look at, and my first impressions were wildly positive.
I took a couple of the shirts home (unfortunately they weren't my size, so I had to have my friend try them on) to see what I thought of them overall. Here are some pictures of the shirts I received:
As you can see, these are the same shirts that were actually used in the Signature Style post I put up yesterday. For more pictures, check that post out.
So let's get into the review. I'm judging these shirts on five main criteria: fit, design, quality, value, and experience. See below for my thoughts.
Fit: Hucklebury offers two fits for their shirts, classic and slim. I personally took home just the slim fit, but I'll tell you, the shirts fit pretty damn well on my buddy. They have a very tailored look to them that I generally see on Made-to-Measure shirts, and also have a decent length for untucking if you're average or slightly above average height. There are darts on the back for that more tailored look, but the shirts aren't overtly slim either. I have a feeling that the fit would work well with a wide array of folks. One problem, I will say, is that they don't offer a smaller size than 15" x 32" at the moment. They told me they will be changing that soon, but just wanted to let you all know in case you're a smaller guy.
Design: Checking through their site, most of their patterns and designs are pretty solid. Nothing too flashy, nothing too outdated. Classics like gingham, stripes, checks, and solids are all in the mix, and the colors they offer are standard. One interesting note though: the classic fit shirts are offered with a spread collar, while the slim fit shirts are offered with a button down collar. You can't get it any other way. Not sure why they did this, but just wanted to let you know in case you decide to order.
Quality: I think this is where Hucklebury excels. The quality of the shirts is wonderful. These shirts are made of 100% Egyptian cotton from some of the best mills around, Thomas Mason and Tessitura Monti included. The construction is rock solid, the attention to detail is awesome (check out the collars, cuffs, darts, and buttons), and clearly you can see that a lot of thought has been put into making each shirt both comfortable and durable. So in all, the fabric, stitching, and detail is top notch. No complaints here.
Value: Right now, shirts are between $110 and $120 a pop. Though these shirts might be worth the price, I feel like this is dangerous territory to play in, especially considering that there are many shirt makers out there offering made to measure stuff within the $80-$100 range. I do still think that the fabric and quality justify the price, but I can't say that these shirts necessarily have amazing value.
Experience: The website was pretty easy to navigate, the customer service was wonderful, and the process was self explanatory. No problems for me. Also, the good news is that if there are problems or concerns, you can give feedback directly to the owners, and Parag has told me that they take feedback very seriously, and have made many adjustments as necessary.
So in conclusion, do I like these shirts? Yes. Do I wish they offered more sizes, variation in collars, and cheaper prices? Yes as well.
So they're not perfect, but the superb quality and fit certainly win me over, and get my recommendation overall. If you're in need of a new dress shirt, try Hucklebury out. If anything, you're supporting a San Franciscan shirtmaker's endeavor to bring you the best quality stuff at reasonable prices.