Kamakura shirts review

Looking for a Kamakura shirts review? Below is a detailed review of Kamakura shirts and all the cuts and sizes available, including detailed actual garment measurements.  There is also a discussion of Kamakura quality.

Kamakura shirts review – sizes available

Kamakura sells five different cuts of shirts.

  • Tokyo Slim Fit has a slimmer profile, with two back darts.
  • Tokyo Slim Fit (Manhattan Model) – launched in January 2017 this is the slimmest of the range – even slimmer than the Tokyo Slim Fit through the waist. In addition to this change, Kamakura say they have made the following changes to the sizing. (For a detailed comparison see the chart below at the bottom of the sizing tables.)
    • They have changed the pattern by making the front panel larger and the back panel smaller. They have also lowered the waist point and back darts, resulting in a shirt which is approximately 0.75 inches slimmer through the waist.
    • The sleeves have been made slimmer, but have not changed size! Their size guide on inches is confusing on this matter. See the comparison below for more detail.
    • Introduced a 14 inch collar.
  • Tokyo Classic Fit has a more generous fit.
  • New York Slim Fit has a profile similar to the Tokyo Slim Fit, but is slightly larger through the shoulder, body and sleeve.
  • New York Classic Fit has a profile similar to the Tokyo Classic Fit, but is slightly larger through the shoulder, body and sleeve.

In the tables below Not Available means this particular cut is not available from Kamakura. Kamakura cuts all its shirt patterns in centimetres, not inches. It warns on its site that the inches measurements are a rough indication.  Having done some analysis I think there are inconsistencies in their tables as the inches figure are not always the centimetre figure divided by 2.54. Therefore the figures below are based on my calculations, taking the original centimetre figures and dividing those by 2.54 to obtain an inches figure.  This gives a more precise figure, but means that the Kamakura collar sizes do not fit neatly into full and half inch collar sizes.

Table 1 – Tokyo Slim Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
14.631.940.235.4
1532.3 and 33.541.737
15.432.7 and 34.343.338.6
15.733.144.940.2
16.133.5 and 3546.542.1
16.533.94844.1
16.934.3*49.645.7
18.0Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size

Table 2 – Tokyo Slim Fit – Manhattan Model

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.231.938.633.1
14.631.940.234.6
1532.3 and 33.541.736.2
15.432.7 and 34.343.337.8
15.733.144.939.4
16.133.5 and 3546.541.3
16.533.94843.3
16.934.349.644.9
18.0Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size

Table 3 – Tokyo Classic Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
14.5Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
1531.944.140.2
15.432.345.741.7
15.732.347.243.3
16.132.748.444.5
16.533.149.645.7
16.933.550.446.9
17.733.552.849.6
18Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size

Table 4 – New York Slim Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.5Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
15Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
15.435.444.139.4
15.735.445.740.9
16.136.247.242.5
16.536.248.844.1
16.93750.445.7
17.5Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size

Table 5 – New York Classic Fit

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.5Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
15Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size
15.434.646.543.3
16.135.449.646.5
16.535.451.248
16.936.252.850.5
17.336.254.352.8
18.137.455.954.3
18.5Not available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar sizeNot available in this collar size

Kamakura shirts review – Tokyo Slim Fit vs Tokyo Slim Fit Manhattan Model

As part of the Kamakura shirts review I’ve looked at the sizing changes.  The chart below shows the comparative chest and waist sizes for the Tokyo Slim Fit and Tokyo Slim Fit – Manhattan Model. As you can see, the chest lines overlap, but the waist of the Manhattan Model is smaller by an inch or half an inch, depending on the collar size.  If the comparison is done in centimetres then the new size is consistently two centimetres smaller through the waist.

Kamakura review - size comparisonThere is one other important thing to recognise. Kamakura have not changed the shirt sleeve lengths between these two cuts. It looks like they have changed the sleeve lengths from the inches measurements, but as Kamakura say, the inches measurements are approximate.  A comparison of the measurements in centimetres, shown below, shows they have remained the same. A comparison of the data in inches suggests the sleeve lengths have changed. I suspect someone has messed up converting the figures from centimetres to inches. Sizing data taken from here and here.

Kamakura shirts review – quality

As part of the Kamakura shirts review I bought one of their shirts to assess the quality.  I’m not impressed by the quality. I wore their their shirt in rotation with other cheaper brands like Hawes and Curtis and Charles Tyrwhitt. While the others were fine, the Kamakura soon had a hole in the sleeve at my elbow.  Since it’s only one shirt, so one should be wary of drawing too strong conclusions. But I wouldn’t buy Kamakura if you’re looking for a shirt will last if you wear it regularly.

Kamakura shirts review - qualityCan’t find what you’re looking for? Try the shirt search engine to find a shirt that fits you.

Be Sociable, Share!