Men's Willis & Geiger Bush Poplin Shirt
Great outdoors shirt
Fit is quite fine for me; I order a size larger to allow for laundry shrinkage. I wear it as transitional for Fall & Spring or under a sweater in Winter. Would appreciate it a bit more if collar were button-down.
December 12, 2014
Well made- material to thick
Awesome original brand of safari gear in Great Britain - had to have it once I saw it. When it arrived the shirt material was pretty close to being as heavy as a canvas.
December 4, 2014
Lands End's Commitment to W&G
In my experience, Lands End's marketing of unique, very high quality product lines suffers from a generally weak commitment both to maintain that essential quality and the need to provide more than a handful of items that more or less look like the originals.
Don't get me wrong -- I really love Lands End. But over the many years I've been a customer, I sense that Lands End has repeatedly missed the boat in its attempts to provide the specialized services and attention required to maintain customer satisfaction in its attempts to develop "high end" product lines that require more customer interaction than Lands End's standard model.
W&G's product line was, historically, more of a culture than a catalog of clothing and related items. For It to have been successful in "rescuing" W&G, Lands End needed more than a means to reverse engineer a few of the products and present them as W&G clones in website descriptions. At a minimum, Lands End needed to convince the diehard W&G cultists that all was well, that the continuing availability of the products that measured up to W&G's standards would not be compromised, that the transition would be smooth, would be transparent. Clearly, this would not be easy but, once the decision to "rescue" W&G had been made, all of Lands End's investments of financial resources and management effort would likely be lost in the absence of a strong transition plan. Even more important, however, in order for the value of Lands End's investment to make business sense, the transition plan had to go well beyond the moves needed to retain W&G's customer base. It had to be coupled to a plan that would result In the significant multipliers of that value created by Lands End's ability to capitalize on its access to a new customer base and the potential for savings in, at a minimum, sourcing, production, distribution, and sales costs!
Based on the current range of W&G clones offered its pretty clear that the requisite transition plan is either still in a very long-term start-up phase or that Lands End is now simply trying to get the last bits of juice out of those of us who still remember W&G, who will still pay a modest premium for items with even marginal connections to the W&G name. Even worse, It seems to me that Lands End has had similar experiences in its efforts to develop other "high end" product lines -- products such as the marginally "custom shop" shirts whose real benefit was derived from Lands End's ability to offer exceptionally high quality fabrics at significantly lower cost. My first experience was beyond wonderful. When I returned a year or so later ready to place another order, my heart sank -- the "customization" was even more rudimentary and the selection of fabrics was, on the whole, not all that much different than Lands End's ready-to-wear versions.
This "W&G" shirt is actually pretty good for the money -- particularly with the discounts. But there ain't much of a W&G product line. And what there is is pretty much based on cloning the most basic items from the standard lines of W&G's shirts and chinos. Worse, even W&G's iconic safari-type jackets were nowhere to be found. And worse worse still, things seem to be getting worse, not better.
The point of this review is clearly only marginally about the shirt. Rather the review is about Lands End's plans to reverse the current trend by taking seriously the potential benefits --.to the company and its customers -- from developing the markets for W&G product lines. And not just those products that can be easily reverse engineered. To organize Lands End's strengths in design, marketing, production, distribution , ... the full range of resources needed to build on and extend W&G''s product lines.
December 1, 2014
The shirt is tight
I bought two of these shirts, one two years ago and one recently. These two shirts are totally diffent products.They are both medium size shirts. Although i am quit satisfied with the old, the newly bought is too tight to fit. Since i am an overseas customer, i don't even bother to return.
November 10, 2014
Not for me
Wow... i was so excited that Land's End had brought back the Willis & Geirger line after having bought the company years ago and then done nothing with it. I have a an original W&G in my closet and it is indeed a superior jacket. so i bought the safari shirt to take on.... yes, safari. I am so disappointed... As one of the other reviewers noted, the shirt could stand on its on...The cloth is extremely heavy and course. The fit is terrible. Come on, Lands End. this line could be a winner if you get your act together.
November 2, 2014
Expected more from Willis & Geiger. Fabric was very hard. Shirt was short in length & arm length. Generally not a good fit.
August 23, 2014
The color is darker than the w&g original could be lighter, arm width should be larger on the L sizing waist and chest very good! Very happy otherwise
As above! Very good reproduction!
July 12, 2014
A beautiful shirt that looks just like the photos
I loved this shirt from the first time I saw it online. It looked like a true classic bush shirt, with the quality and design you would expect from 'real' expedition gear. My only question was: "Will it look this good in person?"
Well, I finally gave-in and ordered one. Good news! it's just as impressive in person as it is in photographs. It has a nice, tight weave that holds its shape like a military uniform. It does this while somehow being soft, comfortable and generous in its cut. Speaking of cut, I ordered two sizes: Large and an Extra Large, and the XL was just right...but definitely spacious (I'm 5' 10" and 195 pounds with a moderately athletic build). The Large, on the other hand, was quite slim through the body, which might work for some folks but it almost feels like there needs to be a size in-between Large and Extra Large. If you're comfortable with today's fitted cut, the Large will feel just right. If you like a bit more room, the XL is a better cut for you (it obviously comes with a longer sleeve and wider shoulder/chest).
I really like this shirt, and I'm very impressed with the quality. It looks great, feels great and harkens back to outdoor gear of the past. Totally worth the investment.
May 21, 2014
nice for chilly days
Nice for chilly days
April 15, 2014
Not the original fabric
I have a few observations regarding the Lands End bush poplin shirts currently for sale. Since I own a few of the previous versions of this shirt (dating to the 1980?s), I can say that the fabric used for the current model is NOT the same. It has some close properties, such as fabric surface smoothness & toughness & water repellency and of course the styling. However, the material is a bit stiff, unless worn as an over shirt. I have owned my new ones for a couple of months & have home washed them several times, with considerable stiffness still remaining. The shirt does have some merits, but I would love to see Lands End reproduce the original bush poplin. I am sure there is a considerable group of buyers who would jump at the chance to buy the real thing.
February 25, 2014