I was approached by Camicia shirts a few months ago asking me to do a review of their shirts. Until then I had not heard of the brand, which happens often. There are so many custom shirt and suit brands popping up that I cannot keep track of them. So I always like when I am approached by new ones because it allows me to see what else is out there. Anyway, I obviously obliged Camicia so here is the Camicia shirt review.
Camicia (who’s customer service and responsiveness has been quite good) and I agreed that it would be best for me to go through the normal ordering process, which is what I always prefer to do when I review a brand. I find that it is the best way to evaluate a brand. I think the most emphasis should be on the products but if the process to get the products is inefficient that can have an adverse effect on how I view the brand.
The fabric selection process for Camicia is slightly cumbersome. Camicia has a lot of fabrics, which is a good thing. However, the layout of the fabric pages is somewhat outdated and it can take a while to go through the fabrics, even after applying filters. Fortunately, the fabric photos are good. Also, when going through the fabric selection process, I would advise avoiding the ‘CVC’ fabrics at all costs. Stick only to natural fibers like cotton and linen.
The design stage is easy to understand and go through. The available options for collars, plackets, cuffs, buttons and other details is extensive; which is something I like to see. I should note that if there is something that you want done and is not present on the site, you can email Camicia and they may be able to accomodate your request. For instance, I requested a specific collar point length, which Camicia was able to do. Anyway, in the end, it is more important that the design process is easier than the fabric selection process so it is good that the design process is simple and straightforward. But now onto the shirts.
For each shirt I opted for different details. For the gingham shirt I opted for a cutaway collar, barrel cuffs, regular placket, no pocket, original mother of pearl buttons and my monogram in mandarin. For the striped oxford shirt I opted for a button down collar, barrel cuffs, regular placket, original mother of pearl buttons, curved yoke and my monogram in mandarin.
In conclusion I give a strong recommendation in favor of Camicia. Despite their fabric selection pages needing some work and the points of the button down collar being a little close I think the final product is quite solid. The best I have seen in the $50 range and even at a higher price level the shirts would still be a solid buy. But furthermore, Camicia’s ability to follow the specified measurements and detail requests was excellent, which made the whole process quite easy. If you have any questions, comments or experience with Camicia feel free to let loose in the comments.
Note: FYGblog did receive the shirts being reviewed during the production of this post. As always the utmost effort is taken to take an unbiased perspective on the products being reviewed.