What Does $750,000 Worth of Shirts Look Like? Tisha Campbell-Martin Says It Looks Like Alimony

Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin present Outstanding Theatrical Film at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards
Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin present Outstanding Theatrical Film at the 2005 BET Comedy Awards
Photo: M. Caulfield (WireImage for BET Network)

Twenty years of marriage, two children ... and $750,000 worth of shirts. That’s what Martin star Tisha Campbell-Martin says entitles her to spousal support from estranged husband Duane Martin, after learning that her soon-to-be ex is the owner of more than 500 shirts costing approximately $1,500 each. You do the math—and then, imagine the closet space you’d need to hang 500 shirts.

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How does she know? Duane purportedly made a video showing off his impressive collection; though no word on if or where said video was posted.

Dude. Never leave a paper trail—let alone a damned video.

According to documents obtained by TMZ, after catching wind of Duane’s stash of what we can only assume are custom-made shirts, Tisha amended her February divorce filing by filing new legal documents listing the $750,000 in wardrobe as assets and citing them as proof that Duane has more than enough money to pay the spousal support she is requesting.

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How much spousal support, you ask? No specific amount has been confirmed, but in the aforementioned documents Tisha listed $1.5 million in assets—though she also says she’s currently not earning steady income. Apparently, her monthly expenses currently total at least $33,000. Damn, Gina.

(Don’t look at me; I’m still trying to calculate closet space for 500 shirts ... and wondering what thread-count $1,500 shirts must be. Is the thread made of unicorn hair?)

In addition to the $750,000 worth of bespoke menswear, Tisha approximates Duane’s earnings at $62,000 per month. This, after additional documents she filed in June also accuse him of hiding and misappropriating money during their marriage.

From the sound of it, this split gets messier by the minute. I hope those shirts are stain resistant, Duane.

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up, an avid eyeshadow enthusiast and always her own muse. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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trappedinpuxi
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It’s really not easy to rack up a bill that high for a custom shirt. Top-end cotton from Charvet or Turnbull & Asser are almost never more than about EUR1000 and the best silk (which I’m not even sure T&A do anymore except for white tie/dress) is around EUR1200. I think the only way you could be averaging USD1500 per shirt, unless you’re living exclusively in muga or some one-village loom handcraft that the buyer stabbed a Dior rep to steal for you, is the Italian route.

Handmade” shirts in England, France and just about every place else except Italy and Japan aren’t really handmade: the button placement, the buttonholes and maybe, maybe a little bit of the collar attachment are done by hand; everything else is done by a (very high-quality and dialled-in like a micrometer) sewing machine. You’re paying for the advice, the cut and access to the fabrics. Honestly, if you just want a couple of nice handmade cotton shirts to wear to weddings and job interviews, you can probably negotiate to get three from any top-end shirtmaker for USD1500 - less if you’re very good-looking and you work in a market where they don’t have a lot of customers.

Italy, though... There you can buy a shirt that no machine has ever touched. Everything - the collar, the long side seams, even the rolled hems are hand stitched. The range of fabrics available from Italian shirtmakers is usually not nearly as wide as at one of the powerhouse French or English makers but what the Italians do have is typically incredible: top-end experimental cotton weaves, where there was only 100m of fabric ever made; silks from manufacturers who went out of business in the 50s; custom-woven cloths exclusive to that maker, who won’t ever sell more than one per customer. It’s insane and it’s as close to couture blouse prices as anything made for men ever gets. If Martin was buying Italian, which we don’t know for sure, and paying USD1500 per shirt on average, he’s one hell of a hard bargainer and was getting most-favoured-customer discounts to boot. (I now get my shirts made in Hong Kong and Shanghai for about USD50 a pop. I own fewer than Martin and that’s all I’m admitting to.)