REVIEW: Kamakura Featherlight Packable Coat

Readers of Lyf Consul, should by now be familiar with Kamakura Shirts. While Kamakura offers a wide range of products under various lines in Japan, thus far only its shirts have been available in the US. That is slowly changing. 

The company recently offered its Featherlight Packable Coat to American buyers exclusively through its New York store. 

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REVIEW: MTM Shirts: Solosso

Solosso shirts are another player in the MTM shirt market, and may be our favourite thus far. While the company is based in Singapore, its shirts are made in Thailand. Solosso has developed a reputation for its unfused collar and unfused cuff shirts which lend themselves to being very comfortable. We recently had the chance to review one and were not disappointed. 

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REVIEW: Lands' End Long Sleeve Polo. The perfect shirt for the weekend.

Lands' End, the American clothing company, began its life in 1963 as sailboat equipment company in Chicago, Illinois. The company has gone various management and ownership changes, but still maintains a very loyal customer base who turn to the company for its staples. Amongst those staples is the company's long sleeve Supima cotton polo shirt. We recently had the chance to review it. 

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INTRODUCING: Bresciani Socks.

Founded in 1970, Bresciani has made its name for its high-end, luxurious socks. The company was founded by Mario Bresciani in Mantova, Italy.  Bresciani is now known for its attention to detail, including using the finest selection of natural yarns, cotton, wool, cashmere, hemp, silk, and linen. All the socks are hand linked. The socks today are 100% made in Italy in the company's factory in Spirano, Bergamo. The company originally began white labeling socks, and now distributes them under their own name. In fact, Canali and Brioni socks are in fact made by Bresciani. 

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MTM Shirts: ModernTailor Review

ModernTailor, is a relatively well known online MTM shirt maker. ModernTailor follows in the tradition of Hong Kong tailors that now offers a wider variety of fabrics and MTM shirts online. We had the chance to work with Leah and the ModernTailor team. We opted for a less expensive  light blue end-on-end fabric with a cutaway collar and button cuffs. 

Website: The ModernTailor website is not feature robust but does allow you to pick a fabric. It does not do the shirt rendering, which is not a real negative, but it is relatively difficult to determine the look and feel of a fabric. 

Customer Service: As we attempted to decide which fabric to choose, the customer service at ModernTailor was prompt and very helpful. Leah and her team are fantastic. 

Fabrics: The fabric selection at ModernTailor is not as extensive at some other places, but they do have a great basic range. 

Fit and Construction: We used another shirt that fits us well and the ModernTailor shirt came out near perfect. In particular, ModernTailor has a wider assortment of collars and cuffs, including our preferred collar - the cutaway. 

Conclusion: ModernTailor offers an excellent value for money MTM shirt. For younger gentlemen or for those looking to spend less than $100 per shirt, ModernTailor is a great place to go. We recommend ModernTailor.