Kamakura is a Japanese company making affordable high-quality dress shirts. The brand fuses Japanese craftsmanship with classic American Ivy League style. They offer a great alternative to the Brooks Brothers OCBD.
Before ordering from Kamakura, I had never heard of the brand. My first impression of the shirt was that it fit a little stiff, but I suppose that should be expected from any oxford shirt.
It took me about two weeks to break in my new Kamakura shirt, and now i’s very comfortable. It’s now my favorite button down.
I chose the Tokyo Slim Fit shirt in their new Manhattan model. The Tokyo Slim is the slimmest fit in their dress shirt collection.
I found it to be quite versatile and managed to wear the shirt with a suit and tie, dress pants, black jeans, and even joggers. It fits into my wardrobe as a staple piece that can be worn many different ways.
The construction is my favorite aspect. The cotton is high quality and the oxford weave gives the shirt some interesting texture. It’s not too thick or too thin, so it can easily be worn any season of the year.
It’s also an easy shirt to dress down. You can unbutton the cuffs and roll them up, unbutton the collar, or leave the shirt untucked and still look good.
I like the classic button down collar, barrel cuffs, stitched placket front, and the left chest pocket details. The collar looks great with most tie knots, or with no tie at all.
However, while the collar and cuffs are soft to the touch, they may seem stiff for those who want to wear the shirt casually. The collar is also taller than most of the dress shirts in my closet.
I would probably buy one or more Kamakura shirts in the future. The high quality, made in Japan label is definitely appealing at this price.
I typically wear a 15 or 15 1/2 shirt, so I ordered the 39 cm shirt from Kamakura. The fit is excellent, but really slim, so I would probably go up one size and try a more generous fit. That way I’d also get a better understanding of the different Kamakura shirt models.
To sum up this review, I would definitely recommend Kamakura if you want an affordable high-quality dress shirt with a classic style. If you like Brooks Brothers dress shirts, then you should check out Kamakura. They’re available online and they have a store in New York.