Originally Posted by ancdmd
Looks interesting but I can't make sense out of all the selection of suits on the website, it's too hard to compare one to another, there's so many.
Choice can be confusing sometimes, however if you allow me to explain the concept it might make it easier. To try and make this as much as possible simply supplying information rather than an ad I'm not putting any links
Other tailoring services contract a tailor and then get them to make suits. They usually allow the tailor to supply the fabric.
We work in exactly the reverse way. We source the fabric first and then find the right tailor to make suits from that fabric on a CMT basis meaning we supply the fabric.Once you understand that the site becomes easier to understand. Most of our suits under $500 are similar and although they may be made by different tailors the variance in price represents the difference in the cost of the fabric more than anything else.They only real exception is for our extra slim fit suits which we sourced a tailor that specialises in this style of fit
We work with an unbelievable fabric merchant who sources fabric from all over the globe. Some of it is fully Chinese made. You might want to remember before criticising Chinese made wool that most people agree that the best suiting fabric is Australian Merino Wool and over 80% of the Australian annual wool clip is exported directly to China. We have an alliance with Woolmark who are the marketing organisation for Australian woolgrowers and they say great things about the Chinese fabric manufacturers. However, like all countries there is some poor quality out there you just have to know where to look.
They also source wool direct from the smaller mills in Europe that don't sell retail and produce job lots under contract for clothing manufacturers. Some of it comes in fully finished while some comes in a natural state and is dyed in China.
Once we have the fabric we then send it to a tailor who is appropriate for that type of wool and the suit the customer wants.We're not going to send Holland & Sherry or Taylor & Lodge fabric to a suit factory and expect them to make a suit worthy of such a cloth. We send that to specialist bespoke tailors. However we're not going to send $10 a yard wool to the bespoke tailors either.
The biggest advantage in the way we operate is that if we get a tailor that starts to send us sub-standard work we simply stop using him and send the orders to another tailor who will make the suit to the standard we expect. I'm more than happy to do that and over the past 18 months I've dumped 3 tailors. That's much harder to do if you're using one tailor to make all your suits.
I hope that explains things and makes it a little easier to understand.
Yes I know the site is crap and I assure you we are working on a replacement. While it won't be the best and most flashiest site in the world it will be a vast improvement. It's never been about the site, it's always been about providing a better suit at a value for money price and providing good service. The site and associated blog are both very wordy. We want you to have a good understanding of what you're getting for your money. So if you just want somewhere that simply says "Blue suit - $399" than we may not be the site for you.You are never going to get the world's best suit for under $500 but based on what I see in stores our suits are extremely good value and even allowing for my natural bias, I believe we offer a better suit for the money than our competitors (I know we pay more for them).
If you want help use the contact us page on the site and send me a message. That's what we are here for. We usually get back to you under 24 hours.