Ill-fitting dress shirts adversely affect every aspect of life (career, romantic relationships, driving, basic hygiene, relationships with animals, archery contests, advanced hygiene, trivia nights, gambling addiction, belt-making camps, cooking hot dogs, wearing foam gloves, licking someone else's ice cream cone when they're not looking, embezzling, alley-oop dunking, quilting class, arguing with strangers, tennis elbow, coaching a dance troupe, whale watching, reading from books or magazines, Celtic music, etc.), which is why it's invaluable to have a high-quality, custom-tailored dress shirt from Alexander West.
With today's Groupon, $50 gets you $110 toward one of Alexander West's custom-tailored shirts (normally priced between $105 and $150). Alexander West crafts specialty shirts to fit your incredibly unique upper-body shape. Its site says Will Smith (former rapper), Eric Trump (Donald Trump's son), B.J. Novak (star of Punk'd), and Vincent Kartheiser (famous) all wear Alexander West. West shirts are woven from premium cottons, including Thomas Mason and Alumo fabrics, and feature mother-of-pearl buttons, personal monogramming, and arm sleeves.
If you've only bought off-the-rack shirts, you don't know what you're missing. The difference between a dress shirt that fits well and one that doesn't can be enormous. An expertly tailored shirt instills in its wearer a sense of comfort and confidence that is irresistible to potential lovers, employers, and coaches; on the other hand, people recognize when you're wearing a shirt that doesn't fit you or when you're wearing no shirt at all. A well-tailored custom shirt is like you're wearing no shirt at all, with all the warmth, protection, and opacity of a true shirt.
Alexander West started custom-tailoring after several years of working in a Wall Street investment bank shamed him into abandoning his fleet of Brooks Brothers dress shirts. When nothing on Madison Avenue fit his 16.5-inch neck, 38-inch chest, and 89-inch right arm, he decided to enter into the world of custom-tailored clothing. He quickly discovered that all the reputed custom lines were vastly overpriced, while the affordable options were all from offshore tailors with poor quality standards and worse customer service. Faced with this bottomless pit of shirt torment, the idea for Alexander West custom shirts was born. Current clients say the detail-conscious craftsman is so courteous and helpful, he'd give you the shirt off his back or the back of another man whom he could easily overpower. Make an appointment to stop by the showroom, located in Tribeca at 12 Desbrosses St., or order online.
- In terms of fabric quality, fit and price, you cannot beat Alexander West. I received my shirt in 2 weeks and that was much faster than other more expensive places. – nycdadomb, Insider Pages
- I had not purchased custom shirts before, but after trying my first Alexander West shirt, I purchased 11 more in my first round and an additional 10 in my second round. I also threw out my "off-the-rack" shirts. Alexander West shirts fit very well and are very good value for money. AW has excellent and vast material and design selection and good customer service. – TickleThis, Insider Pages
- The shirts are classy, man! This is an affordable option for gents who don't always find stuff on the rack, and who don't have a strong relationship with a tailor. – Andrew B., Yelp