I’m roughly 6’5″ and not exactly super-model thin, so T-shirts can be pretty tough. Material too thin? Say hello to my man-boobs. Not available in a “tall” size? I mean I guess male crop-tops are in. You get the picture.
Which is why I was so excited to find Son of a Tailor, because they have heavier/thicker fabric options, and claim that they can determine your shirt size based on your height/weight/etc. So I ordered two T-shirts ($50 each) and will be reviewing the entire process of getting a custom t-shirt from Son of a Tailor and breaking down things like ordering, shipping, returns, and more.
Overview for Son of a Tailor
Son of a Tailor is a Copenhagen based company started in 2014 that focuses exclusively on T-shirts. They’re very transparent in their approach, which is both refreshing and fascinating. The cotton is grown in southern California, knitted in Portugal, and constructed in Poland and Lithuania.
Fabric Quality: 5/5
Ease of Ordering: 5/5
Customer Service: 5/5
- Quality fabric
- Great overall fit
- Easy to use site
- Heavy weight fabric
- Relatively low cost of $50
- Neck holes were a bit tight
- Small color selection
- Short sleeves are more like cap sleeves (on me anyway)
I ordered two shirts so I could test out a couple different customization combinations. Both are heavy fabric weight however, as this was one of the key things I was looking for in a T-shirt. The below are my initial thoughts/reactions to the shirts, so take it for what you will. 🙂
Son of a Tailor’s Fabric Quality
I was a bit surprised by the look and feel of the fabric once it arrived. The fabric is 100% Supima Cotton, which is awesome It’s less like the Jersey you might be accustomed to, and closer to the type of cotton weave you’d expect out of a high-end dress shirt. You can definitely tell it’s sturdy, and by no means is it rough or scratchy, but if you’re looking for that super soft vintage tee feel, this isn’t it. For me, it was exactly what I was looking for.
How the Son of a Tailor T-Shirts Fit
Overall the fit is great. Throughout the torso it’s a nice modern fit, not too tight. I’ve order a couple of custom shirts now, and I’d say that Son of a Tailor has gotten closest to a tailored fit through the questionnaire they have on their site.
The neck holes, on both the crew neck and the v-neck were smaller than expected. I can get them over my head, but I do wonder if the neck holes are more of a one-size fits all measurement and so it ended up being smaller on me since I’m a bigger guy.
The normal length sleeves were perfect for me. I tried the shorter sleeves (as eluded to above) and they looked pretty awful, so I’m going to try out the “Perfect Fit Guarantee” out and request some alterations to see if I can get the sleeve lengthened.
The Ordering Process
Son of a Tailor’s User Experience
So right off the bat, I REALLY appreciated how easy it was to order from Son of a Tailor. I originally found them through a mobile ad on Facebook, and even on my phone, it was easy to customize, add to cart, and check out. I’ve used several other customization services on my phone before, and none of them stack up to the user experience on Son of a Tailor.
Finding the Right Fit
There’s several options for finding your size. I opted for the “IdealSize” survey, which asks for your weight, height, age, and shoe size. There are also options for entering either body measurements, or measurements of a T-Shirt that you want Son of a Tailor to recreate – which is a pretty cool option.
Once you’ve measured or surveyed your size, you can save multiple versions and then the next time you check out, you can just select a size from a drop down of your sizes.
Now comes the fun part. You get to decide how to customize your T-shirt to make it perfect (by your standards). Son of a Tailor offers the following customization options:
- Fabric Weight
- Medium: 150 g/m2
- Heavy: 200 g/m2
- Fabric Color (Black, White, Navy, Light Grey, and Dark Grey) Edit: After first writing this review, they released two new fall colors: Burgundy and Olive
- Neckline (both available in either single stitch or ribbed)
- Pocket Style
- Initials Monogramming (at the bottom of the shirt)
A word of caution: although Son of a Tailor has a “Perfect Fit Guarantee”, it’s still harder to change your shirt once it’s been made, so be thoughtful about what you think will actually wear during the customization process. For example, if you were to. . . I dunno. . . want to experiment with a shorter sleeve style, and then realized once it arrived, that it looks like one of those awful cap-sleeve shirts women wore in the early 2000’s. Sigh. Live and learn I guess.
I ordered the shirts on September 12th, production started on the 13th, and the shirts arrived on September 27th. So the whole process took exactly two weeks, which really took me by surprise. That’s an incredibly fast turnaround for an item being tailor made with customizations and monogramming.
Son of a Tailor Guarantee/Returns/Alterations
In order to get alterations made to your custom T-shirt, you need to take three photos of yourself wearing the shirt. This helps Son of a Tailor understand where it’s not fitting right so they can make the proper alterations. However. . . I live alone, so this is a pretty large issue for me. In order to make the necessary adjustments, I now have to think up an excuse for a friend to come over for an awkward photo shoot. I get why they need to do it, but it’s definitely inconvenient.
I’ll update this post with more information once I’ve gone through the alteration process.
Final Thoughts on Son of a Tailor
For me, Son of a Tailor was a total win. I like the feel of the fabric, the fit, and the process was surprisingly fast and easy. I’d definitely recommend it to anyone looking to up their T-shirt game.
If you have any questions on Son of a Tailor T-shirts let me know in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them! Or if you’ve ordered from Son of a Tailor before, feel free to leave your own review in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts, experience, and whether you’d recommend them to others.