Kamakura Shirts Video + Vintage Ivy Collection

Like things buried in your closet that you didn’t know you had, I keep finding drafts of old posts that apparently never published or became deactivated for some reason. This one goes all the way back to 2012 and includes the following video clip from Japanese TV.

And while you’re in a Kamakura mood, head over to their site to check out the latest Vintage Ivy collection. — CC

17 Comments on "Kamakura Shirts Video + Vintage Ivy Collection"

  1. I really like the round collar oxford shirt with tabs. However, it is alpha sized and there is no information on what an XL corresponds to.

  2. whiskeydent | August 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm |


    Click on one of the shirts and you’ll see the “Size Chart” on the right side below “ADD TO CART.” They have a New York fit and Tokyo fit. As you’d guess, the NY fits taller men.

    That said, their sizing seems bizarre. The NY L has the right neck, yoke and length, but it comes with 35″ sleeves. Typically, I run into 34″ sleeves in alpha L. That’s still an inch too long for me, so I have only a few alpha sized shirts as a result.

    The XL has 36 sleeves. I hope that works for you.

  3. Charlottesville | August 30, 2019 at 10:30 am |

    Mitchell and whiskeydent – That snap-tab club collar got my attention as well, but the weird sizing once again has stopped me from buying from Kamakura. Too bad. It looks like a great shirt. Michael-Spencer is the only source of snap-tab collars I know of these days, and they are square rather than round. I am wearing on old one from Brooks Brothers today, but don’t believe that they offer them any more. The custom option on the BB website lists a snap-tab, but the picture shows a button tab with longer points.

    Also, a PSA: For those who follow the traditional calendar, now through Monday is the last opportunity until late May of 2020 to wear seersucker, white bucks, white linen trousers, etc. Disclaimer: This may not apply in Whiskeydent’s Texas environs and other sultry locales.

  4. john carlos | August 30, 2019 at 12:33 pm |

    Charlottesville, I live in San Antonio but always have and still do follow your thoughts about the traditional calendar. I would include madras in the group also.

  5. Charlottesville | August 30, 2019 at 1:38 pm |

    John Carlos – We are agreed on madras as well. You are indeed a man of strong principles and character to pack up the seersucker and madras in the swelter of a San Antonio September. I note that no condemnation is implied to those of different views. I have mixed feelings on the darker shades of poplin, but after being tut-tutted in school over that sin against the calendar, will likely be packing them away as well to be on the safe side. Tropical weight wool suits and blazers and wool/silk/linen-blend tweed sport coats for the next couple of months, and then the long awaited return to tweeds and flannels. I love spring, and winter and summer both have their glories, but autumn is my favorite time of the year.

  6. john carlos | August 30, 2019 at 2:57 pm |

    Charlottesville-I’m with you concerning autumn although that really doesn’t happen here until November. I’ll be going with my usual uniform of khakis, OCBD’s, and tartan broadcloth’s. If I’m to be in court or meeting with a client, I’ll go with a navy blazer, rep tie, and tropical wool trousers or a tropical weight suit with a foulard tie. I gave up my wishful thinking about flannels many years ago. Probably could wear them for about two weeks in February.

  7. NaturalShoulder | August 30, 2019 at 5:41 pm |

    John Carlos – I am up in DFW and wore my seersucker jacket today to the office with khakis and a white OCBD. I extend my seersucker and madras wearing for another week or so even though the weather would allow me to justify doing so through October. I will wear the poplin through end of September and then store away.

    I share Charlottesville’s affinity for the fall and true fall weather is one of the few things I miss about Chicago. I do find that I can wear flannel enough November – February to justify including in my wardrobe.

    Have a great Labor Day weekend.

  8. john carlos | August 30, 2019 at 6:57 pm |

    Natural Shoulder- I’m a lawyer and wore my seersucker suit to court in Austin yesterday. My oldest daughter and family live in Dallas, in the area of Lover’s Lane and Inwood. You have a great weekend also. And remember, there’s a cold front on the way……it should arrive about Thanksgiving.

  9. john carlos | August 30, 2019 at 7:01 pm |

    Natural Shoulder- I think flannels work in DFW. I grew up in a small town near Amarillo and used to wear them there all the time. San Antonio is just too far south to be able to wear them much.

  10. whiskeydent | August 31, 2019 at 2:18 pm |

    Indeed, the forecast highs 9/1-7 are 96, 100, 99, 99, 99, 100 and 100. September is the meanest month around here because the rest of the western world is turning to Fall while we remain in the oven.

    Stay safe if Dorian comes for an uninvited visit.

  11. Charlottesville | September 1, 2019 at 10:43 am |

    Thanks for the good wishes, whiskeydent. I think we may get a bit of rain later in the week, but hopefully no damaging winds. Hope you and John Carlos enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

  12. NaturalShoulder | September 1, 2019 at 10:54 am |

    John Carlos – glad to know another fellow attorney in Texas wears seersucker. Nothing more comfortable in the summer.

  13. Natural Shoulder, are you with a firm?

  14. Charlottesville, John Carlos and NaturalShoulder
    It just dawned on me that Texas has only two seasons: Hot and Not.

  15. Whiskeydent- you got that right. Can’t wait for some Not.

  16. Words to live by in Texas: There’s a cold front on the way. Should be here around Thanksgiving.

  17. NaturalShoulder | September 2, 2019 at 6:26 pm |

    Whiseydent – I agree wholeheartedly.

    John Carlos – I am with a firm practicing estate planning/tax.

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