As promised, here is my first bespoke Courtot shirt (Paris, Rue de Rennes).
My expectations were high, even more so after having had such a pleasant experience with the ordering and measuring process. And the quaint little shop delivered ; the finished product is thoroughly convincing.
It is made of the highest quality cotton poplin and has thin sky blue stripes and white single cuffs and collar. For my first order, I purposely selected a fairly difficult shirt to make, with a very short round collar with small button tab.
Close inspection of the shirt reveals all the important details are here: French seams, zampa di gallina button work, gussets, last horizontal buttonhole, skewed armscyes, perfectly matched stripes at the shoulder and sleeves and removable collarbones. It was delivered decatised, that is washed at very high temperatures (80°C) to prevent shrinking after the first wash.
This photo (sorry for the poor image quality — and my afternoon shave — I only had an Iphone handy) shows the collar with a super slim brushed silk Hermès necktie.
Of course, this slightly extreme collar calls for a very narrow necktie with a very small knot (I will readily admit that this is not what is shown on the photo), but the “arched” effect is perceivable, and in the end, extremely chic.
This little wonder cost 215 euros, excluding the embroided letters I had made. This is obviously very reasonable for such a quality shirt.
A house worthy of your full attention, and I am convinced it will make for a perfect first step for anyone interested in the wonderful world of bespoke.
The only damper is due to the increasing success of the label with a clearly younger clientele ; expect to wait at least month before you receive your shirt, but rest assured that your patience will be greatly rewarded!