Originally Posted by KVG91
Thanks Journeyman, I have never heard of Deer Style before.
What was their price point for suiting? Would be keen to perhaps get some shirts done, now that I know they exist. The website doesn't give much away, but if they are as good as you say they are they should really invest in improving their online platform and marketing!
@KVG91 - Rene (the proprietor of Deer Style) has recently had to increase his prices a bit due to the dismal state of the Australian dollar.
I've included information below, but spoilered it so it doesn't interrupt this thread too much, but feel free to have a look if you are interested. Rene is very friendly and always happy to meet and chat about clothing and potential commissions.
Deer Style details: (Click to show)
Deer Style has three levels, catering to different budgets. At every level, the workmanship can be customised and adjusted to fit in with the client's budget.
The lowest range is priced from $595-795 and is made in China. The suits are machine made and are half-canvassed. Handwork is limited to sleeve lining attachment and some collar detailing. The fabrics are Asian. Options include upgrade to Italian or English fabrics at additional cost.
The next line is still made in China, at a different place. Prices range from $895-1000 for house fabrics and $1200-1500 for Italian/English fabrics by Dormeuil, Huddersfield, Minnis, Fox and so on. Rene has a lot - a lot - of different fabric books and is happy to order a very wide variety of fabrics. Jackets have a full floating canvas through the lapels and chest. Handwork is optional but is included with higher-priced fabrics. You can get a Neapolitan (pleated) shoulder if you like and the suits are greatly customisable - lapel width, shoulder style, pocket styles, integrated waistband on the back of the trousers and so on.
The top line is handmade in Italy and pricing for a suit starts at about $2000, including Italian or English cloth. Jackets are priced from $1500. A basted fitting is available at extra cost, and this involves Rene receiving the half-finished jacket from Italy, you trying it on, Rene pinning it up or marking any adjustments and then sending it back to Italy so the required adjustments can be incorporated into the jacket/suit.
Chinese made shirts are $200.00 and G.Inglese shirts, which are hand-made in Italy, start at $300.00.
I've got seven shirts by Inglese through Deer Style and they are absolutely fantastic.
You're right about the website and marketing - it is certainly not Rene's strong point. However, he's previously said to me that he's happy for the vast majority of his clients to come to him through word-of-mouth referrals. I do wish that he'd update his website and Tumblr and Instagram more frequently, though!