We realize that wearing a shirt that fits you the way you like is a great start to your day. At Arthur's, the shirt making process starts with a thorough discussion about your habits, your likes and your dislikes about your shirts. You will then be advised about the fabrics, patterns and options that will best suit your needs.
To create your bespoke shirts, you will be presented with the most extensive and exclusive collection of shirt fabrics in Canada, almost 1,000 in-stock choices. Next, you will be assisted in choosing among dozens of collar and cuff styles and different finishing options that will make your shirts truly one-of-a-kind.
Up to 20 precise measurements will be taken in order to create your individual paper pattern. Before cutting your first shirt, we will do a muslin fitting shirt which will allow us to perfect your fit to the slighest details imaginable. Once we are all happy with the try-on shirt, we will proceed to finish your first shirt. You will be asked to wear and launder it a couple of times before confirming the production of the balance of your order.
At this point, since your paper pattern is already stored in your personal file, re-ordering shirts will simply require to pick fabrics and detailing options. You can expect a consistent and flawless fit every time!
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The perfect middle ground between ready-to-wear and bespoke, the BLACK LABEL made-to-measure shirt collection offers a consistent fit upon every order, a wide selection of Italian fabrics, a quick turnaround time and much more, at a very reasonable starting price point of $185 (minimum 3).
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What is the average lifespan of a bespoke shirt?
It depends. Many factors will determine how long a shirt will last. The most notable one will be laundry and maintenance. The amount of heat, pressure and chemicals used in the cleaning process will have a big impact on the shirt's lifespan. Also, the way you wear the shirt will make a difference; for example, taking the time to unbutton the shirt properly is important.
What is the best way to maintain a shirt?
The best way to clean a shirt in order to maximize durability is the traditional way (and the most time-consuming)…washed and ironed by hand. Let it soak in warm soapy water for 30 minutes and gently scrub the soiled areas with laundry detergent and a soft toothbrush. Hang dry and press by hand, making sure the shirt is still moist.
Will my shirt shrink in size after washing it?
Technically, even the best cottons will shrink by an inconsiderable amount. However, the only notable shrinkage will be for the collar which we guarantee will shrink by a maximum of ½" after the first 2-3 washes, and then it will not change in size. That shrinking allowance is taken into consideration when cutting your collar.
Where are your shirts made?
Everything is produced from our workshop/showroom in the heart of downtown Montreal. This makes our production line much more flexible and offers a superior level of service where your consultant is also your shirt maker. It is very important that the person measuring you is also the one working on your pattern. We are able to craft your shirts with maximum precision and detail.
How do you ensure a good fit?
We will take 15-20 measurements (depending on your body's shape and size). Then, your pattern will be created from a blank piece of paper and a try-on shirt (a.k.a. muslin fitting) will be created solely for fitting purposes. Adjustments are noted and problem areas are pinned to the slightest detail to attain the perfect fit you are looking for.
Are there any minimum orders?
We require 2 shirts for new clients plus a $100 muslin fitting fee. We will waive that fee for orders of 6 shirts or more. For office/house visits in the Montreal area, the minimum order is 6 shirts. Quantities vary when visiting cities outside the area of Montreal.
I reside outside of Montreal, how can I order shirts?
If we already have your measurements and your paper pattern, we will send you a selection of fabric swatches. If we don't have your measurements, we would set an appointment for our next visit to your area. If we do not visit your area regularly, you could send us your best fitting shirt and we could copy the measurements off of it and also make adjustments to the pattern, if necessary.
My collar and cuffs wear out faster than the body of my shirts, could you replace the collar and cuffs only?
Yes. One of the main advantages of having custom-made shirts done is the possibility of replacing your old collar and cuffs with a new set, thus considerably extending the lifespan of your shirts.