Originally Posted by HarleyBob
It would help us in the US if we didn't have to pay the VAT on their UK site. For some reason, they believe that non-EU citizens should pay the same price as EU citizens. Thus, they collect the 20% premium, don't call it VAT and keep it. I fail to see the logic here, but oh well, we can buy off the US site without the 20% quasi-VAT penalty and only pay a 50% premium to the UK prices (19.95 UK price @ 1.65 conversion rate vs. the $50/shirt US price.) It is obvious they don't want US customers unless they are willing to pay a significant premium to their UK customers. US companies do this in reverse to EU citizens so I guess all is fair in love and sartorial war.
Originally Posted by Quadcammer
Yes, it sucks that you no longer get the VAT back, but its still cheaper on the UK website.
I don't love their pricing policy or strategy, but for a decent shirt at $40, who am I to bitch.
Ordering from Canada, using the UK website, I always had the VAT deducted when I placed the sale. Of course, the postman would arrive with his hand out to collect the Canadian taxes anyhow, so it evened out.
(Most of the time ...
Hopefully that hasn't changed recently.
Originally Posted by miketcooper
Has any one tried their suits (espec. the Black label range)? Critique?
And they have shoes that are stated as UK made (Loake I'm assuming) but am I safe to assume that those shoes where country of origin is not mentioned (their entire standard range pretty much), are not UK in origin? They employ interesting tactics in hiding the "made in" on the sole with the other shoe in the photos.
The shoes ... if you get the Make In England ones (generally it's just the calf ones) then they are okay quality ... the leather is a bit stiff and cardboardy compared to other Northampton shoes I've handled. But I guess okay at the price.
As with everything else on the CT website, they'll do all they can to not actually trick you but let you delude yourself that something might be made in England (or Italy, &c) but unless they actually say "Made In England" for that specific item ... it's made in China or some other unidentified and unmarketable (but cheap-labour) country. Not that they are any different in this from any other similar retailer ...
As for the suits, they are okay at the price, but ... (that should be the CT motto or something.
) The fabric seems a little underwhelming, and on one model (a standard charcoal 3-piece suit) the fabric is so fuzzy (from short-fibred wool no doubt) that the pants are always sticking to my socks.
I bought them to get a few inexpensive 3-piece suits for travelling, and the vests only come in one length which is a bit too short for those of us tall enough to ponder between a regular and a long.
Also, the suits all come with working buttonholes. Ct markets that as a benefit ... ooh how lucky you are to have a suit with W.B. when any other suit with W.B. costs thousands more ... but the W.B. are a real P.I.T.A. when it comes to having your sleeves shortened more than say a quarter inch.
Unless the suits fit you exactly in the sleeve right off the rack, you will be paying a tailor a lot of money to shorten the sleeves from the shoulder.