Once you go custom, you will wonder how you ever settled for off-the-rack clothing. Bespoke shirting can be expensive (my Ascot Chang shirt was upwards of $300) but it doesn't always have to be. The gentlemen behind J.Hilburn offer custom shirting, not out of the confines of a brick and mortar shop, but from a stable of style advisors who meet you in your home or office.
Admittedly, the custom shirting process can be overwhelming given the myriad of options at your fingertips. Fit, fabrics, collars, cuffs, pockets—the list goes on; however, J.Hilburn simplifies this in a very smart way. For example, they refined what is traditionally a conversation about how you like your shirt to fit on your body with an illustrative diagram of four precise fits ranging from "traditional" to "European" (slim but not skinny). Custom shirting is no longer solely for the guy who knows exactly what he wants but for the guy who has an idea of what he likes.
J.Hilburn custom dress shirt with repp tie by The Windmill Club
While J.Hilburn has built their reputation on offering a great value, they aren't cutting any corners. The (indestructible) buttons feel really good in between your fingers. It's the first thing you notice while buttoning up. Shirt bags and metal collar stays are also included. After being measured, I opted for a pale pink oxford fabric (Monti) in a European fit with a spread collar, side pleats, barrel cuffs, and my monogram (left side at the bottom of my rib cage)*...all for around $120. At that price, you may never want to go back to off-the-rack.
*courtesy of J.Hilburn