Kamakura shirts review


Looking for a Kamakura shirts review or a Kamakura shirt fit guide? Below is a detailed review of Kamakura shirts and all the cuts and sizes available, including detailed actual garment measurements.  We also discuss 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 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.

Kamakura cuts all its shirt patterns in centimeters, 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 centimeter figure divided by 2.54. Therefore the figures below are based on my calculations, taking the original centimeter 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 Guide

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14Not 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 size

Table 2 – Tokyo Slim Fit – Manhattan

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.231.938.633.1
14.631.940.234.6
1531.1 32.3 and 33.541.736.2
15.431.5 32.7 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 size

Table 3 – Tokyo Classic Fit Guide

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14Not available in this collar size
14.5Not 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 size

Table 4 – New York Slim Fit Guide

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.5Not available in this collar size
15Not 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 size

Table 5 – New York Classic Fit Guide

Collar SizeSleeve LengthsChest Size (Garment Measurement)Waist Size (Garment Measurement)
14.5Not available in this collar size
15Not 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 size

Kamakura shirts review – 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 centimeters then the new size is consistently two centimeters smaller through the waist.

Kamakura review - size comparisonThere is one other important thing to recognize. 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 centimeters, 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 centimeters to inches. Sizing data taken from here and here.

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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 that will last if you wear it regularly.

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