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With Father’s Day coming up on June 16th, I thought I’d tell you about J. Hilburn, a fabulous custom men’s direct sales clothier that provides fine quality menswear at affordable price points. Though we more often write about retailers geared towards us girls, when I found out that the co-founder of J. Hilburn, Hil Davis is from Birmingham, I had to share his story and find out for myself about his top notch luxury mens clothing.

I decided to throw my husband, John, under the bus and hire a consultant to find out all about J. Hilburn and experience (well, witness) the process for myself. After a few scheduling hitches, due to my husband’s inability to commit to a day and time, we finally had our fitting. Lois England, a local J. Hilburn consultant (and truth be told, a friend of mine!) arrived with her bag of tricks and went to work. First she had John bring down his favorite shirt and pair of pants so she could see what appealed to him.

Lois discusses what John likes and dislikes about his favorite dress pants.

Lois discusses what John likes and dislikes about his favorite dress pants.

 

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She has John try on his favorite shirt so she can see the fit.

 

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They discuss the pros and cons of the fit.

Then she broke out her measuring tape and got down to business. J. Hilburn shirts are so custom tailored that they even accommodate for different arm lengths and wrist sizes, or for those who wear a watch and need more room in that cuff.

Lois is quite handy with that measuring tape!

Lois is quite handy with that measuring tape!

 

Lois took so many measurements that I lost count!

Lois took so many measurements that I lost count!

 

Tools of the trade and fabric options.

J. Hilburn covers all the bases.

 

Lois fills out the paperwork.

After discussing the options, Lois fills out the paperwork.

John selects his style from many custom options, like notched cuffs and collars with or without buttons and a multitude of fabric choices for his shirt and for his pants. Lois packs up, and the whole thing has taken about 40 minutes, start to finish.

Within two weeks, we receive notification that the shirt and pants have arrived and Lois schedules a time to deliver. The shirt comes wrapped in a beautiful box and bears John’s initials in lieu of a label, after all it is a custom creation.

John's custom shirt arrives perfectly packaged.

John’s custom shirt arrives perfectly packaged with his initials monogrammed in white inside the collar.

Lois has John try on his new duds for his approval. The pants will need to be hemmed locally, but otherwise the fit is spot on! And now that his measurements are on file, any future orders can simply be placed online.

John tries on his new duds.

John tries on his new duds.

 

The fit is perfect!

The fit is perfect! Just need to steam those creases out!

J. Hilburn delivers on their promise to provide high quality (the weight of the fabric and the workmanship rivals anything John has purchased at Neiman’s) at affordable prices (the shirt was $140 and the pants $180). Custom shirt pricing starts at $99 and pants at $125. They offer a full line of menswear, including shorts. Now, if only they would start making women’s clothes!

Custom-made menswear would make for a mighty fine Father’s Day gift. Don’t you think?

To schedule a consult with Lois England contact her at [email protected] or (205) 365-7867 and to learn more about J. Hilburn or find other area consultants, visit their website at www.jhilburn.com.

 

 

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