MTailor Review: An App That’s Better Than A Tailor?

Can a custom clothing app really be more accurate than a tailor?

When I first saw Miles Penn on ABC’s Shark Tank, I like everyone on the show thought he was a jackass. INC called him the “most arrogant person in Shark Tank History,” and Mark Cuban, who isn’t exactly known for his modesty told Penn, “You may be even more arrogant than I was, if that’s possible.” Even Daymond John, who is known as “The People’s Shark,” finished the segment by telling Penn to “just go away.”

But watching it, I still felt that perhaps Penn was onto something. In the segment, he spoke of an algorithm he created as a student at Stanford. According to Penn, the software can accurately measure any man with more precision than even the most experienced tailor. That’s a damn bold claim. I had to see for myself.

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Despite Penn’s ego and overwhelmingly uncomfortable presentation on Shark Tank, he has been nothing short of a gentleman in my dealings with him. He’s the only CEO I’ve ever dealt with that sends me an email just to wish me a good weekend.

But attitude, charisma and arrogance aside, I don’t really care what Penn is like. All I care about is the quality, the craftsmanship, and the fit of these made-to-measure shirts from Penn’s online retailer, MTailor.com.

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MTailor sent us a number of shirts. They sent me a custom shirt which I used their app to measure myself with shortly after the Shark Tank episode aired. They sent me a new shirt a few weeks ago, again using the sizing algorithm from their app. They also sent the HSS office some shirts so we could see the quality.

Let me be the first to commend Penn on the creation of his software. The shirts I received from MTailor are, arguably, some of the best fitting shirts I’ve ever been sent from an online MTM brand – and believe me, I have a closet full.

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Penn’s innovative measuring software is likely a home run that even the most established menswear purveyors and heritage makers would be interested in. I’ve never met a tailor who could accurately measure my 5’6” awkwardly overweight and still somehow slender frame in under a minute.

Now, if the quality of the materials used in the shirt and the craftsmanship of the shirt were as good as the fit, then MTailor has indeed won the World Series of online MTM shirtmaking.

Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.

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The fabric is some of the worst we’ve seen in the online MTM category. Although Penn told me in our interview that many of the finer menswear brands use the same manufacturer as he does, when I pushed for names and details he clammed up.

In all of the shirts MTailor sent, we found them to resemble the papery feeling of a poorly made suit that uses a fused polyester lining. My three-year-old once rubbed sandpaper on my arm, and it was slightly more comfortable than the MTailor shirts. The one Penn sent after his debut on Shark Tank has hung in the back of the closet after being worn just once, only to make its second reappearance the other day when writing this article.

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Penn may have the right to be arrogant after creating such a novel measuring system. If he were smart, he would follow the advice he got in the Shark Tank and license the software to other brands who actually make a product worth buying. Despite hitting a homer with the algorithm, the shirts from MTailor have actually earned a rather epic accolade. They are, all things considered, the worst made-to-measure shirts we’ve ever seen.

Pricing: $69-89
1.5 out of 5 stars

Chime in: Have you had any experience with MTailor?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

J.A. Shapira
He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo

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  • Avin Jones

    Thanks for the recon on MTailor. I almost pulled the trigger, but never received a favorable assessments. Again the Idea is great but the application is fu3k54. Do you have any online MTM shirt makers that you do recommend?

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      No problem, Avin. J.A. could chime in with a few suggestions for online MTM shirts, but as for me, I’ve never gone that way. I prefer going to a custom clothier in person. Once they have your pattern, then you can order your next via phone, email or carrier pigeon and know it’ll arrive fitting perfectly.

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  • Christian Christensen

    I’ve got 3 shirts and one suit from them and have been pretty happy.
    The clothes have some of the best fit to them that I’ve ever seen, and the customer service from Mtailor has been great. My first jacket was a little tight in the arms, and they sent a new one free of charge, no questions asked.

    I’m not a fabric expert in any way, but when feeling it and comparing it to my shirts from Jos A Banks or other, I find it fairly comparable. Maybe not quite as soft. But I’ve been happy with them for every day use.

    What I like is that I don’t have to do any measuring etc. App takes care of it all.
    But would love to hear suggestions for other MTM companies.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Nice to hear you had a positive experience. If you ever treat yourself to Thomas Mason fabric, as one example, I’ll wager you’ll never be able to go back. We’ve got more online MTM reviews in the works so stay tuned!

  • Robert M

    Great read! And thanks for the review.

    I have such a difficult time finding a good fitting shirt. Usually they are tight in the chest and arm pit. I haven’t received my shirt yet. I prefer a more cotton feel in a shirt, but I don’t want to pay $150 for a shirt.

    As for pants most off the rack want to put the fit across my stomach and because of my beer belly I prefer to wear pants lower on my hips. I did receive a pair of jeans and they fit perfectly and the fabric feels good. Not a thick denim which I like also.

  • Edward Dionne

    Great fit. Can’t wait to order more. Use code hfqwjljyvf for $20 off your first order