Do you like old-world craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and clothes that just fit?! Then you’ll love Maxwell’s! Oh, and did i mention all this at an extremely reasonable price?!
The box the Maxwell’s Clothiers shirts shipped in.
Basically, i knew Maxwell’s are only ever in town for one week, twice a year so i got the specific dates via the Maxwell’s Clothiers Ltd. website and found out the next time they were in town. I then made sure to make my way over to the lower level of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (one of their three locations while in TO, i believe the others are in the Toronto Airport and the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Markham). As you make your way down the escalator you start to hear a mad buzz of activity then as you turn to enter the room you see the tons of people all riffling through hundreds of available fabric swatches, scribbling down their choices and rushing over to get measured. I must preface this post by only concentrating on their dress shirts for that’s all i have purchased, they also do custom suits, ties as well as a full line of woman’s apparel.
So, like everyone else in there i chose my three fabrics along with collar / cuff style, presence of a pocket (or not), initials style / placement (or not) and recorded it all on my order form. I then proceeded to the fitting line where one of the Maxwell’s sales reps kindly measured me up and recorded their results. After that i placed my order. That was March 12, ’09 and the shirts arrived three months later on June 17!
The three shirts from Maxwell’s Clothiers.
Well worth the wait, let me tell you; the shirts are absolutely amazing! The fit is right on; not so tight that when you raise your arm your buttons get stressed out, but allow enough room that it still looks fitted without resembling something a women would wear. The fabric is what it is. The collar is super-stiff, i imagine to withstand the test of time and dry cleaning that comes with that. All this for $50/shirt; you wouldn’t even get a pair of cuff links at Holt’s for that price, let alone a fitted-shirt!!!
The three shirts (detail) from Maxwell’s Clothiers.
BTW, the next time you visit Maxwell’s you don’t need to get measured, just pick your fabric and various other styles, pay and that’s it! Maxwell’s will have your previous order – plus measurements – on file from your previous visits.
Times and (Toronto) locations Maxwell’s Clothiers are in town for Fall/Winter 2010:
- Westin Bristol Place Hotel (Toronto Airport, 950 Dixon Rd.) Sept. 9, 10, 11, & 12 – (416) 675-9444
- Sheraton City Centre (Downtown, 123 Queen St. W.) Sept. 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 – (416) 361-1000
- Sheraton PKWY Hotel (Markham, 600 Hwy 7 E., Hwy 407 & 404) Sept. 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23 – (905) 881-2121
Let me know, have you been before? Thinking of going? What’s been your Maxwell’s experience?!