I ordered a jacket from the Jermyn Street store as they did not have my size. The sales assistant checked his iPad they had one in my size in stock somewhere else. I and was told I would recieve a phone call when it had arrived.
10 days later still no phone call so I called them and couldnt get through. I tried a day later and after putting me on hold for five minutes and confirming my name three times, they said it is not available and not in stock. Apparently they use a 'first come first served' system and the jacket has been sold to someone else in another store.
I asked the question "If I order a product, I'm not guaranteed to recieve it?" The response was: "That is correct"
I thought it would be easier to order from the store as I happened to be passing. I should have used the website instead.
As someone who has spent more years than he cares to remember having to wear a suit, shirt and tie, I realised long ago that it is false economy to continue to buy cheap shirts because with regular wear they just don't last.
A few years back, I set about renewing my shirt stock and with Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M. Lewin shirts already in my collection, I judged these as being of a much better quality than many others, a good proportion of which lay unworn in the armoire (Oooh - there's posh!)
If you wear shirts regularly, you need to have a shirt which will hold its shape well and look good after a huge number of washes. Cheaper shirts just seem to fall apart or fade or just wear out.
T.M. Lewin shirts are well made and cut from a good quality cotton (I only buy 100% cotton shirts - feel better on the skin). The seams are strong, well-stitched and the collars sit nicely. Whether plain or fancy, they hold their true colour and don't fade in time.
Also important to me is ironability. I always iron my own shirts out of preference and some shirts, even quite nice or expensive ones, just don't seem to iron well. I have never found this to be a problem with T.M. Lewin shirts - provded you iron them when they are just damp and use a good hot iron. I now have about 25 in my collection and am considering getting a few more in the January sales.
There is a huge selection of options available to buy on line via their website, a limited selection available from only £20, but also a 4 for £90 deal on more expensive lines which runs out on Sunday 5th December. I might well have a look at these ones rather than hang out for January reductions.
They also carry a full range of other clothes but are best known for their shirts really. Whether you are a Slim Jim or a Fat Porker, you can order the size that will fit you. They also have a nice long tail for tucking in! I hate shirts that skimp on this.
One thing which I have found useful, for those mistakes that we all buy (or have bought for us) from time to time, is that there is a good second-hand market for these shirts on eBay. So that dreadful orange and green striped affair hanging in the wardrobe might just be a must buy purchase for someone else. There's no accounting for taste!
So, take a look at yourself in the mirror. If you look far too much like a Matalan man, then do something about it. Smarten yourself up, lad!
I have a number of TM Lewin shirts. I have to wear a suit every day to work and have several weeks worth of shirts so i am never short of one when i need it. I have a number of Ted Baker shirts but, these are quite pricey so i also have a number of TM Lewin shirts as a (much) cheaper alternative!
TM Lewin frequently have promotions online and instore with 4 or sometimes 5 shirts for £100, at this price you can't expect the finest quality but in my opionion they are a great buy to bulk up the number of shirts in your wardrobe at a reasonable price. The quality is pretty decent, i've had some TM Lewin shirts for a couple of years and they still look reasonable, having recently repaced alot of old shirts in my opinion the quality of TM Lewin shirts now is not as good but still more than adequate for a smart office shirt. The cotton is a pretty decent thickness but the buttons are a bit plasticy.
There is a large choice of colours and styles. I am relatively small so have the slim fit shirts and a shorter 33" sleeve. These aren't often available in store but there is a much greater range on the website and any unwanted shirts can be taken back to store for a refund.
There are better shirt providers out there, i have several Charles Tyrwhitt shirts as well, these are much better quality but slightly more expensive.
There are several reviews on dooyoo which refer to the fact that these shirts are difficult to iron. I have found this with the newer shirts, however the older ones seem fine to me. Having said that i don't iron my shirts regularly, my cleaner does it for me and always manages to make them look pristine, apparantly she uses a starch spray called Dylon available at most supermarkets which makes ironing alot easier.
TM Lewin shirts are very good value, the quality is good for the price but there are better shirts out there if you're up for spending a bit more money. Next time for some cheap shirts i'll probably go back to Charles Tyrwhitt.
Scarcely a month passes without a catalogue from Messrs T.M. Lewin being delivered to my door. When I have occasion to visit London, it is sometimes difficult to pass their door without succumbing to the latest offer: one can choose any four of their shirts for £100. Despite the company being based in Jermyn Street, their shirts presumably hail from further afield: I would be very surprised if they are not mass-produced in the Far East. This outsourcing is a sensible decision; if buying from shirtmakers whose merchandise is still made in the UK one can expect to pay three times the price.
At £25 per shirt one can hardly go wrong and a significant advantage of Lewin shirts is that they fit. Well, they fit me. I obviously cannot say whether they will fit you but if you are of ordinary dimensions they may well do. They are of quite a slim cut, which smacks of skimping on material, but I prefer this to the more voluminous Jermyn Street cut, which is better adapted to the fuller figure. The 34" sleeves fit me (I am 5'10"), whereas the more ape-like sleeves of some off the peg shirts need shortening. There is a good selection of shirts with cut-away collars and even the standard collars have a reasonable spread to them. They shrink slightly on washing and the flimsy plastic collar stiffeners then need to be trimmed with nail scissors to fit.
The cotton is not of the finest quality but is more than adequate. I always iron my own shirts - most laundries are sadly inept at this simple skill - and Lewin shirts iron perfectly well, if you know how to iron a shirt. For those who do not, I am led to understand that some companies produce drip-dry shirts. At Lewin's prices, one cannot expect the stripes of these shirts to be aligned, which indeed they are not. Personally, I am untroubled by this, as I do not remove my suit coat in public, and in private one's friends are too polite to notice such things. Lewin shirts are not particularly long-lasting, but represent good value as superior shirtings at three times the price do not last three times as long. The buttons, however, are of plastic and soon discolour.
Lewin has available a variety of accessories including a very large selection of neckties. These are not particularly durable and the silk may have been treated to give it a heavier feel. Within a few years they will show signs of wear but at £20 each they are practically disposable. The Jermyn Street shop has the widest range and a selection of club and college ties is available on request. These are of woven crease-resistant silk and are superior to the printed variety. Also available are braces (they last for years) and cufflinks, mostly, alas, of shiny metal. The silk knots are a better bet, though at £5 a pair, expensive.
If you find that they fit you, Lewin's shirts are probably the best value proper shirts out there. Tyrwhitt's are better, though pricier, with finer cotton and proper mother of pearl buttons, but for some unaccountable reason Tyrwhitt only offers cut-away collars in slim-fitting shirts and cheaper cottons. If you wish to purchase shirts on the internet, Coles are a step up in both quality and price.
I bought 4 shirts for £100 a couple of years ago. No matter how good the tailoring, style, cut etc of a shirt unless it looks good once ironed its a waste of time. When presentation matters these shirts do not cut it. TERRIBLE to iron, i was die hard Van Heusen and Canali wearer but was drawn in by the initial impression of good value and qaulity show in the store. Every time since the first wash these have been a nightmare no matter how long I spend ironing them. I bought another 4 about a month ago in the vain hope they had sorted this problem out. It is a problem and they have not resolved it even though numerous reviews show the same problem. It anything it is worse as the recent batch are of a much poorer standard, the material is a lot thinner and has an almost tissue paper feel, I purposely bought a number of different stlyes to see if maybe my previous experience was just a dodgy batch but no, they are all bad. I am unable to iron them to any presentable form. I have worn each only once and they are now only usefull as rags for washing the car. never again will I part with my money in this store.
In general buying a TM Lewin shirt is an absolute treat. They feel great, they look smart, they are perfect for any person wanting a decent shirt.
However, perhaps those of you who wear a shirt for work everyday may emphasise when I say that these shirts are not very hard-wearing. I found that after about 6-8 months of washing my TM Lewin shirts approx once/twice a week the fabric became slightly raised, if not bobbly around the collar and cuffs.
If I had of bought a shirt from say M&S or Next, I would say that it's had a good innings and I would have to expect it to lose it's quality due to general working/washing and wearing wear and tear of a cheap shirt, but when you have paid a significant £60-£70 a time, something inside feels wrong at the prospect of the shirt no longer looking it's best 6 months down the line. I have shoes that have lasted longer!!
They are also really hard to iron and not at all crease resistant. I find I have to use a high level of steam to get it to anywhere near uncreased.
All in all, if you're going to a wedding or special event and you need a great shirt, then yes these shirts are great and will look absolutely outstanding. However, if you need a shirt which is going to last and not cave to wear and tear, you may as well seek a cheaper option.
When comparing clothing products, it is often down to individual taste and size, with most people having a particular brand that fits them best. However, if someone is yet to experience TM Lewin wonderful shirt range, I would definately check it out!
TM Lewin shirts are extremely fashionable, with the use of wonderful colours and designs and personally, the shirts fit amazingly (for someone slightly chubby thats quite an achievement!).
The difference in quality of material is highly apparent, and the shirts are very affordable at £19 or £25 each (I would definately pay upto £50 for a single one of these shirts).
Since I started wearing these shirts, I have nearly forgotten the rest of my wardrobe (barring Ted Baker which I love), and many of my family and friends have visited and shopped at the TM Lewin to buy something similar.
The shops have an extremely large range of shirts for men, though the selection appears to be slightly less for women. The shirts are very easy to browse through, being grouped in sizes rather than design. They also sell a variety of ties and cufflinks on offer are also brilliant, but these are a bit on the pricey side, with ties about £15-£20.
If you do decide to visit- happy shopping!
If you want to stand out from the crowd and be different, then don't go to TM Lewin.
Some of the designs of the shirts are striking and they do stand out. The problem is if that you're in an office and five other people are wearing the same loud shirt as you, you'd look a bit silly. This is the reality. TM Lewin is a paradoxical victim of its own success: it tries to be different, but yet it is so popular that everyone buys the shirts and looks the same.
The quality of the shirts used to be better and it has gone down over the years.
If you have a small neck like me, you'll struggle to find a shirt your size. Where the neck is OK, the shirt may be too baggy and you will have excess baggage at the rear.
The shirts are too expensive for what they are. You're much better off waiting for the sales and going to the high-end suit and shirt shops. The prices are the same as a normal-priced TM Lewin shirt and in my opinion, the quality is much better.
I'm a pretty big sort of chap - pushing six foot four tall and very nearly as wide with a nineteen inch collar. This means that I have a problem finding affordable shirts even in London. Marks and Sparks don't get a look in - they do make shirts that go round my neck but I can't do them up over chest or stomach, so they're out. High and Mighty make shirts that fit but at any price I'd class as affordable (this side of forty quid) the quality isn't quite there. Rochester are expensive *and* rubbish, and everywhere else easily found (short of having the things had made) stops at size eighteen.
So that leaves TM Lewin, a place that before last week I had not really bothered about simply because I assumed that they, like everyone else, would stop at eighteen.
Last Monday (mid 2009), however, I needed a pair of cheap cuff links for non-best purposes, and walking past their King's Road outlet, I noticed they had a sale on (do they ever not?) and had some respectable looking cuff links for sale for ten quid. Went in, found a pair, no problem, and then I see that the shirt rack does indeed go up to size nineteen.
Not overly optimistic - assuming they will be like Marks and Sparks and not do up, I asked to try on their demonstrator and was amazed to find that their classic fit did actually fit me. So now I'm actually looking at the shirts I see that I'm offered not Marks and Sparks size nineteen options of white white, white or white, but at least half a dozen different styles and colours - granted not as much as I could have had if I was a size seventeen but I realise I can't have everything. Bought two double cuffed shirts for fifty pounds *for both* although, granted that they are apparently sixty pounds each each when not in a sale, but I have a suspicion that their sales might be a bit DFS if you catch my drift.
So assuming that the sales are in the style of DFS I am reviewing the shirts as if they cost twenty five pounds each, not as if they cost sixty and for twenty five pounds a piece they are amazing. Granted they aren't top of Saville Row quality, but then they are only a tenth of Saville Row prices so it would be churlish to expect that. After a week, however, I can say that they are comfortable, strong and look good in the office. They are well stitched and made of decent quality cotton. They are cheaper and better looking most of the offerings of High and Mighty and Rochester.
It would be overly perfectionist to highlight any real disadvantages at this price but I would add a few words of caution for prospective buyers:
1. I, as mentioned, am very large and their shirts fit me. Therefore slim people may find their shirts a bit on the baggy side (although I gather there is a silm fit as well as classic fit, although obviously I have not been able to experience).
2. They are a little tricky to iron - you need maximum heat and for cuffs and collars ironing one side creases the other (non-fused, apparently) - so take a hint from me and only iron the visible side.
Other than that, however, and the advice to never every buy them full price (if that's even possible), these are extremely good shirts for the money and actually extremely good shirts for a quite a bit more money and I would recommend them certainly for large men such as me, and quite possible for TWENTY FIVE POUNDS PER SHIRT for everybody else too.
I am in the unfortunate position of having a job where I have to wear a shirt and tie every day to work. I say unfortunate because this means that every so often I have to spend two hours of my life ironing 30 shirts!
I have three TM Lewin shirts at the moment and suffice to say I will not be getting any more. Let me explain why.
One good point about TM Lewin shirts is the price. I think they are quite reasonable, about £50, but there is nearly always an offer on in store that reduces the price to about £25. They sometimes through in free cufflinks as well.
However, despite spending too long of my life ironing the shirt, as soon as I put it on, the TM Lewin shirt creases immediately and looks as if you have not bothered to iron it. This is obviously not a good look and is my main bug bear when it comes to these shirts.
The second main fault is that they are cut more like night shirts - long at the front and back but actually far too short at the sides! This means that should the shirt be pulled up at all at the side you are not covered and are exposing flesh - not good on these cold mornings.
Now there is plenty of choice at TM Lewin for collar size, arm length, collar style and shirt colour/style, butI just do not like the shirts and will not be buying any more.
TM lewin shirts are good but I dont believe they are worth the full price on the website (usually £39.50- £70 or so). The discounted prices are good, and you should aim for about £22 per shirt when buying multiple shirts. They are good quality and last a long time, they all have slots for collar stiffeners which is great as many shirts do not have that. The stitching is very good value as I have never had a problem with it. They have a great range of colours and the speed of delivery from the website is pretty good. They are on par with Charles Thyrwhiit shirts in my opinion, but they have a better range which keeps tm lewin just ahead of the game i think!! I like the cutaway collars as I think they are very smart. Though I do think the quality has somewhat regressed in recent years, they appear to have changed strategy to become one of those companies that has a permanent 'sale' on like officers club or something, it kind of diminishes my perception of their quality.
I bought a load of shirts for my husband for Christmas last year from T M Lewin. I thought I would treat him to some posh ones. Initially he was really impressed. They are quite thick and come in lovely different colours and patterns. My husband found that they were nice and warm during the winter months.
Now for the downside (actually downsides)... they are incredibly difficult to iron. I have used the hottest heat, the hottest steam and even starch, I have ironed it wet and dry. I have ironed it wet and hung it up to dry and then re-ironed it once it has dried (yes seriously! I just wanted to prove a point!!). Nothing seems to get rid of the creases. It does look more ironed than when I start but only just. Also, even though it is hung up in a wardrobe with plenty of space, some weird reaction occurs that means as soon as you take it off the hanger, it looks less ironed than when you hung it up. I'm not sure of the exact chemical reaction behind this phenomenon but believe me, it happens! With starch it is slightly better at staying ironed rather than looking like you have screwed them up in a ball but only just.
All the shirts have also bobbled on the inside in the collar within a year. That is terrible when a shirt costs £60!!!!
I have recently emailed T M Lewin to complain and see if they had any response. I was expecting them to say it must have been a faulty shirt even though this has happened to 3 shirts out of the 5 I bought. I didn't even get that. In fact, they could not be bothered to reply at all. Oh well, I will know better next time.
I would avoid these shirts. They look pretty but the quality is not there and the ironing is a nightmare!