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. There is also discussion of Kamakura shirts’ quality.
Kamakura shirts review – sizes available
Kamakura sells four 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. 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.
When comparing the shirt measurements and your body measurements remember:
- For the chest the shirt circumference should be six inches larger than the body measurement for a comfortable fit. Four inches for a tighter fit.
- For the waist the shirt circumference should be four inches larger than the body measurement for a comfortable fit. Three inches for a tighter fit.
Table 1 – Tokyo Slim Fit Guide
Collar Size Sleeve Lengths Available Chest Size - Garment Measurement Waist Size - Garment Measurement 14.6 31.9 40.2 34.6 15.0 32.3 41.7 36.2 15.4 32.7 43.3 37.8 15.4 32.7 43.3 36.2 15.7 33.1 44.9 39.4 16.1 33.5 46.5 41.3 16.5 33.9 48.0 39.4 16.9 34.3 49.6 44.9
Table 2 – Tokyo Classic Fit Guide
Collar Size Sleeve Lengths Available Chest Size - Garment Measurement Waist Size - Garment Measurement 15.7 32.3 47.2 42.9 16.1 32.7 48.4 44.1 16.5 33.1 49.6 45.3 16.9 33.5 50.4 46.5 17.7 33.5 52.8 49.2
Table 3 – New York Slim Fit Guide
Collar Size Sleeve Lengths Available Chest Size - Garment Measurement Waist Size - Garment Measurement 15.4 35.4 44.1 39.4 15.7 35.4 45.7 40.9 16.1 36.2 47.2 42.5 16.5 36.2 48.8 44.1 16.9 36.2 50.4 45.7
Table 4 – New York Classic Fit Guide
Collar Size Sleeve Lengths Available Chest Size - Garment Measurement Waist Size - Garment Measurement 15.4 34.6 46.5 42.9 15.7 34.6 48.0 44.5 16.1 35.4 49.6 46.1 16.5 35.4 51.2 49.6 16.9 35.4 52.8 50.4 17.3 36.2 54.3 51.6 18.1 36.2 55.9 53.9
Shirts that fit like Kamakura shirts?
If you are looking for alternative shirts that fit like Kamakura shirts use the shirt search engine. Input your collar size and arm length and then compare the different chest and waist sizes.
Kamakura – Tokyo Slim Fit Manhattan
The Tokyo Slim Fit Manhattan fit seems to be no longer available on the Kamakura website (their website isn’t the clearest to navigate). In case the data is still useful I’ve put it below
|Collar Size||Sleeve Lengths||Chest Size (Garment Measurement)||Waist Size (Garment Measurement)|
|15||31.1 32.3 and 33.5||41.7||36.2|
|15.4||31.5 32.7 and 34.3||43.3||37.8|
|16.1||33.5 and 35||46.5||41.3|
|18.0||Not available in this collar size|
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.