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#1 2006-03-25 06:47:53

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Zimmerli Underwear

I wanted to see what the consensus was about this brand of underwear from people with experience.

 

#2 2006-03-25 08:53:03

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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Ive bought quite a lot of it. its not that great and it is very overpriced. It is cut in a very continental manner which looks effeminate on Americans. It yellows easily and it stains like ordinary underwear.  It also gets brittle quickly.


The ribbed sleeveless tanks are good for wearing under a sheer shirt in the summer, otherwise, i wouldnt buy these unless you simply want to throw away money.


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#3 2006-03-25 09:51:41

Will
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I wear it daily. Haven't found anything with a comparable feel.


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#4 2006-03-26 23:11:01

Cruz Diez
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I agree with Will, but there's a caveat. The Royal Classic undershirts are excellent.  The seams are very thin and well made; comfortable and invisible under most shirts. The knit's weave and weight achieve the perfect balance between wicking ability and evaporative surface area, keeping  me dry under most conditions, and I'd dare to say the material even has anti-odor properties. The knit briefs and boxers are a different story though. They stretch and get baggy easily plus the elastic is made of the absolute worst material I've ever seen (in particular the elastics with the name "Zimmerli" embroidered on them). I find it odd that Zimmerli make the best cotton knit, but the worst and cheapest elastic waistbands, which pill like crazy and after a few washes, even hand wash, end up looking like total POSs.

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#5 2006-03-26 23:44:53

Will
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I had the knit boxers stretch and stopped wearing them but not the briefs.


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#6 2006-03-27 04:15:07

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I've had good luck with American Apparell's fine-knit t-shirts.  But I've really liked
the Sunspel t-shirts.

What's the diff. between the top-of-the-line and the "business class"?  It's not a
big price difference (only $8 or $10), and I wonder if the two lines aren't very similar?

I've also found that CEGO boxers (made in the USA, old Brooks cut) are the best
value around, though I prefer the J. Press boxers by a margin.


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#7 2006-03-27 07:05:37

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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Yeah, i've always skimped on under garments too. As long as they're cotton, who really cares. l'd rather pay $20 for a pack of undies than pay $45 for a pair that's probably not much better. That's the only piece of clothing l scimp on.


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#8 2006-03-27 23:07:02

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

The_Shooman wrote:

Yeah, i've always skimped on under garments too. As long as they're cotton, who really cares. l'd rather pay $20 for a pack of undies than pay $45 for a pair that's probably not much better. That's the only piece of clothing l scimp on.

Shooey,

I hold the opposite view.  I love a good t-shirt, pair boxers, and socks.  The Sunspel t-shirts feel great.  And I've tried almost every type of sock -- e.g., I love the Falke athletic socks.  I love the Pantharellas, Dore Dores, etc.  I haven't found Corgi (unless they were privately labelled and I bought them without knowing it).  I think Dore Dore does a good argyle.  The French have a different "aesthetic" when it comes to argyles than the British -- though I like whoever makes the arg's for Barbour too.  (The French seem to have a more "cosmopolitan" take on the argyle -- though occasionally it lapses into garish).   I'm going to try the Zimmerli's.  If anyone knows a place other than Kabbaz that has a good range on-line, I'd love to hear about it.  Sometimes Sierra Trading Post has stuff -- though the selection certainly doesn't seem very good (or "representative")?   I saw one of the Zimmerli "wife beaters" on STP.  For only a few bucks, I should at least try a few out.  As for suits, for the most part, I'm happy with an Andover suit and tie.  Gimme a Brooks button-down and I'm happy with that.  It doesn't make _that_ much difference to me.  I'm happy with MTM. Esp. when it comes to tweeds -- as I have a pretty good wardrobe of older Brooks and Press stuff still in great condition.  Now it's just a matter of picking a tweed that mightn't be available in RTW.   However, I would like to experiment with going bespoke on a nice heavy heavy flannel 3 piece again.  That was something I enjoyed having made.  It's just hard for me to justify the prices nowadays.  Esp. when it's the weak US dollar and the $4000-$5000 a pop.  Hell, I'd rather pick a fabric and go Southwick custom.  And I've looked at and tried on many a shoo, but am happy with my Aldens, old Churchs and Brooks English and Peals.  But, I'm somewhat of a cheap bastard with occasional lapses into indulgence.  And I certain admire the taste and sensibilities (and dedication) of my bespoken friends!

Horace

edit:  I should add that I have done Ascot Chang and Harvie & Hudson shirts and I admit that the fit was superlative.  Maybe the AC was slightly better for me.  I got shirts that I normally wouldn't buy:  e.g. I bought a few lovely end-on-end spread collared shirts like those that HRH wore in the 80's (and still now?).  Also designed my own shirts -- a couple of greys that I really liked with a collar that they made from scratch from a sketch I did.  So I do appreciate bespoke.

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#9 2006-03-27 23:26:56

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Dear Marc:

that'd be great.  It'd be nice too for you to link to those jackets you posted on another forum (I cannot recall the name now). I saw them and really liked most of them very much.   They were conservative and looked well-made.  Timelessness (or as near to it as possible) is the most desirable thing to me).

My wife just bought a digi-cam and I'm going to try, when I get some free time, to pull out some old Trad stuff and take photos of it.  Some of my older shirts from Troy Guild, etc.  I've also found a small shirtmaker in the USA who does an _exact_ replica of a Troy shirt.  Only one I've found.  Some of the Trads (albeit lurking) will dig it.  Maybe throw an old Harvard Coop blazer up.  What the hey.

Also -- I want to take a pic of a suit I had made in an admittedly amateur attempt to replicate the cut of the Cary Grant suit in North by North West.  Unfortunately the grey is a lot darker than his, but I think I got the cut of the jacket correct.

Also maybe some picks of the old weejuns, nannie reds, and Liberty ties.  Show these kids how it was done!

edit:  which is not to say that Liberty ties aren't an embarrassment now, nor were they then!

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#10 2006-03-27 23:49:30

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Marc Grayson wrote:

Herzfeld in NYC sells Zimmerli although I suspect they sell at full price.

Marc

Sounds good.  I'd prefer that vendor to the other.


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#11 2006-03-31 11:25:24

maxnharry
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I do like the Zimmerli stuff, but don't love the price. 

I have to echo the comment about Target.  I think the Merona stuff is a great value.

BTW FNB, thanks for setting this board up.  Looking like a great place to visit!

 

#12 2006-03-31 16:31:12

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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

These undies are way too expensive. They are not worth it. I mean, for free they are great.

 

#13 2006-04-03 21:51:17

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

My wife just bought some of the Zimmerli t-shirts.  Maybe they have different grades of cotton but
I wasn't impressed by the feel of the cotton next to my Sunspel t-shirts.  They were a bit nicer
(but not a heck of a lot) than the fine-knit American Apparel stuff.  There's another company I'm
going to try that was recommended on styleforum.net by one of the knowledgeable people there.
So, I'll report back.

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#14 2006-08-17 06:06:39

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Will wrote:

I wear it daily. Haven't found anything with a comparable feel.

I find the feel of the Sunspel (Made in England) to be superior.  But I've tried some of the Zim stuff and love the cut -- it's fairly close to the body and fits well for me under a shirt.  $65 is pretty steep though -- for a t-shirt.   But at a discount (froogle.com) they're not too pricey.

I wonder how Russell and Champion are nowadays -- admittedly these are athletic shirts -- don't know if they make anything "finer" and probably all their stuff is made offshore nowadays?


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#15 2006-08-17 15:57:43

mrwynn
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

The best stuff I have found so far is Adam+Eve. It is on the expensive side, but lasts forever and feels incredible. I have had some of their shirts for two years now and they still look quite good, even the dark colors like black and navy.

 

#16 2006-08-17 23:28:23

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

My wife also likes  Petit Bateau, which can be bought in Paris, at the French equiv. of Sears.  Good quality cotton.


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#17 2006-12-26 03:05:20

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I've had a few newer pairs of Zim. shirts for the last 6 months or maybe 9 months now.  In addition to some Sunspels.  Probably 20 washings each, each worn maybe once a week or some once every other.  The Zim's are a better fit -- esp. on the chest for me (size L -- I take a 42 jacket).  Also just the right length.  And they don't "bag" on the stomach the way some of the Hanes brands used to do.  But after 20 washings each (delicate wash on warm with tide), I've found that the fabric has begun to almost "pill" near the chest on the Zims, whereas the Sunspels still maintain an amazingly smooth and silky "hand" to the fabric.  If I could find a sunspel shirt in a Zim cut, that'd be the ticket.

Brooks t-shirts (the two different types -- Supima and their Mercerized Egyptian cotton) are on sale and I'm going to try those I think.  They're made in Canada.  I was also delighted to see that Brooks is also offering Made in England properly sized merino wool socks.  At 55% off, tomorrow only, if you buy 6 pair.

Brooks cotton pajamas continue to be horrible, I'm afraid.

Last edited by Horace (2006-12-26 03:06:56)


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#18 2007-05-14 01:49:53

Horace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Horace wrote:

I've had a few newer pairs of Zim. shirts for the last 6 months or maybe 9 months now.  In addition to some Sunspels.  Probably 20 washings each, each worn maybe once a week or some once every other.  The Zim's are a better fit -- esp. on the chest for me (size L -- I take a 42 jacket).  Also just the right length.  And they don't "bag" on the stomach the way some of the Hanes brands used to do.  But after 20 washings each (delicate wash on warm with tide), I've found that the fabric has begun to almost "pill" near the chest on the Zims, whereas the Sunspels still maintain an amazingly smooth and silky "hand" to the fabric.  If I could find a sunspel shirt in a Zim cut, that'd be the ticket.

Brooks t-shirts (the two different types -- Supima and their Mercerized Egyptian cotton) are on sale and I'm going to try those I think.  They're made in Canada.  I was also delighted to see that Brooks is also offering Made in England properly sized merino wool socks.  At 55% off, tomorrow only, if you buy 6 pair.

Brooks cotton pajamas continue to be horrible, I'm afraid.

What Ho Chums,


underwear inanity:  The Brooks "mercerized" v-neck in white is now my preferred t-shirt.  Though I haven't tried every Zimm fabric nor all of the Sunspel, I reckon, the Brooks is pretty nice.

But the tops is this Finnish t-shirt I found.  Some textile co. that also makes sock.  Blows doors off anything else.

So far, I've only found the t-shirts in stripes though.  So that limits its wear to pirate-wear or recreation of homoerotic AA illustrations of men on beach wearing high-waisted trousers and espadrilles.


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#19 2007-05-14 12:00:17

Will
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Horace wrote:

So that limits its wear to pirate-wear or recreation of homoerotic AA illustrations of men on beach wearing high-waisted trousers and espadrilles.

Photos. We need photos. Or perhaps not.


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#20 2007-05-14 18:24:58

stylestudent
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From: michigan
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

If anyone is interested in a summer t-shirt to wear under your short-sleeve shirt that isn't visible when the shirt is unbuttoned and which doesn't extend past the sleeves, try this (to avoid perspiration stains):

http://www.barenecessities.com/C-IN2-Pi … earch,.htm

Less tight than American Apparel.

Regards,

Steven

 

#21 2007-05-14 19:21:34

Connemara
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

do you, buy the underwares, from, the Malindi?

 

#22 2016-05-01 00:30:32

Beestonplace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

I bought 2 pairs of Zimmerli cotton briefs yesterday. Great fit but now, lets, see, about, the long, term,

 

#23 2017-04-15 13:45:39

Beestonplace
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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Just bought 3 additional pair, now my collection consists of 10 altogether.

Great stuff.

The equivalent of drinking Pellegrino, but as underwear.

 

#24 2017-04-18 18:58:03

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Re: Zimmerli Underwear

Beestonplace wrote:

Just bought 3 additional pair, now my collection consists of 10 altogether.

Great stuff.

The equivalent of drinking Pellegrino, but as underwear.

I have several Zimmerli tank tops in white, beige and sky blue I wear under sheer shirts in the summer, they are very comfortable and durable.


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