Rolling Along: Kamakura Shirts’ Global E-Commerce Coming Soon


This morning I received a dispatch from Kamakura Shirts letting me know they’ve started an English-language Facebook page.

The company is progressing with its plans to offer global e-commerce capabilities with a target date of April, so soon you will be able to get its collar-rolling oxford shirts without having to journey all the way to Madison Avenue.

Like them on Facebook to stay updated. — CC

22 Comments on "Rolling Along: Kamakura Shirts’ Global E-Commerce Coming Soon"

  1. Any word on if ties, sport coats, and the like will be included via e-commerce?

  2. I actually stopped by their Madison Ave. store the weekend before last and bought one of their blue OCBDs. Nice shirt. I was spared the trim/non-trim decision because they don’t stock their trim fit in my size (neither do J. Press). The shirt shrank a bit when I washed it, but I can still wear it. If I go back I might try to get a slightly longer sleeve to account for that shrinkage. I just wish the blue shirt was a little more, well, blue. It’s a very washed-out looking shade.

  3. @CC, how did these stack up versus Mercer & Sons?

  4. Bought one of their trim fit shirts several weeks ago. Great quality, roll is as expected. Has a bit of a problem with accumulating dirt buildup during a workday where it’s pressed on my desk – but that could easily just be the fault of the cleaning staff for not cleaning my desk frequently. Store was nice, and loyalty program perks were appreciated. Was handed a free handkerchief

  5. I am so excited about this. I live out in California, and so going down to their Madison Ave. store is a bit hard for me.

  6. Richard Meyer | February 28, 2013 at 4:50 am |

    Again: Nothing against them, but Mercer and Troy Guild make fine shirts IN AMERICA.

  7. Spot on about the American shirtmakers.

    There are at least five and probably more outstanding Oxford button down makers in America: Individualized, New England Shirt Company, Skip Gambert, Mel Gambert, and Mercer & Sons. Gitman might be second tier.

    And enough of the mythology that covers Ivy like a wet, albeit tartan, blanket. The truth is that Southwick is now making a jacket that rivals many if not most of the stuff made during the Heyday. Rancourt can reproduce the old Weejun (using good leather). Lots of tiemakers are sourcing English repp and making untipped, lightly lined neckwear.

    And, yes (gasp!!) even the old Troy Guild OCBDs–single-needle stitching and pearl buttons and dimensions (including collar length) and other specs–can be replicated. By American manufacturers, no less.

    Everything that was worth its salt (okay, cloth and thread) in 1965 can be replicated today.

  8. Broken record.

    The problem is the cloth. As in good. Availability of, that is.

    Who wove that heavy Oxford for Troy? I can’t say with certainty, but I’d bet it was the super heavy, beefy D&J Anderson Oxford.

    I dream of a true Ivory (not, no, not white) Oxford. Heavier than even Heyday heft. 8 to 9 oz.

    A man can dream.

  9. @ S.E.

    But who makes high-waisted, high-watered, buckle-backed khaki chinos?

  10. Hertling.

  11. Hertling once made very nice suits.

  12. True, this.

  13. NaturalShoulder | February 28, 2013 at 6:45 pm |

    @S.E. Do you have experience with Skip Gambert? One of my local retailers offers them as an MTM option.

  14. @SE, thanks, you covered off my question. CC, you may stand down. In retro, I shouldn’t put you on the spot with suppliers/clients.

  15. Skip Gambert shirts are great. Very well made.

  16. The photo: washed-out blue cloth and a knot on the tıe that looks far too bıg.

  17. Christian | March 1, 2013 at 7:50 am |

    @M Arthur

    Not avoiding the question, just been buried under a long work project. It’s true, however, that I must be diplomatic in this situation. It’s also true that I’m not one to put items under a microscope and geek out over minutiae. There are other bloggers and forum personalities who do that kind of thing, and I’m sure they’d be happy to riff on this topic.

    Kamakura did tell me that the consumer trend is for lighter fabrics, and I did just compare the shirts and Mercer is definitely beefier. I thought the collars might be different lengths, but they seem to match up. As for size, a regular Kamakura seems to line up with a slim Mercer (which David will make at your request).

  18. CC: Thank you. I trust my question was not microscopic in nature. Your above paragraph is insightful.

  19. Woofboxer | March 2, 2013 at 3:16 am |

    We live in a world of air conditioned offices, cars, shopping centres, trains etc. Heavyweight shirting fabrics and tweeds just aren’t comfortable in many situations.

  20. Mitchell S. | April 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm |

    The Kamamkura Shirts Online Store is up and running. Currently, Paypal is the only form of payment accepted.

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