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post #166 of 431
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A quick heads up for those who may be interested.

 

The new shirting range will be on the site in the next few days.

 

1,100 new shirting fabrics

 

Three grades of cotton

 

Starting from the unbelievable low price of $59 for a fully custom made shirt.

 

Also for those who like world's best quality completely hand made suits with fabric made by one of England's finest cloth makers, soon we will be making our best suit offer ever

post #167 of 431
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World Class Fabrics and World Class Tailoring at World's Best Prices

 

Yorkshire based fabric merchant Huddersfield Cloth distributors of some of the finest English cloth have started offering a weekly end of roll specials email.

 

Rather than just ignore it I will offer it to Styleforum members who are interested in fine suiting.

 

They are selling these end of roll specials at around one third of the normal wholesale price so it's a true bargain in any sense of the word

 

We will offer our "Almost Bespoke" fully hand stitched suit to interested Styleforum members at the same already heavily discounted price we are selling our Clissold suits.

 

At our normal margins these fine English wool suits should sell at $1699 which is already a bargain for a fully hand stitched suit made from wool of this quality. You'd pay thousands more for these at a tailors for more in many cases an inferior grade of tailoring.  Even if we discounted it you would still be looking at $1,499 but for a strictly limited time we can offer you these world class suits for only $999 or $1,299 if you want the absolute top of the line "Rockstars & Royalty" package.

 

While it is still made to measure tailoring it's as close as you can possibly get to bespoke standard without actually paying the many thousands for a bespoke tailor. $999 is a ridiculously low price for tailoring and fabric of this standard. You would more than likely pay that amount for the fabric alone at standard retail prices.

 

You can read about the tailoring HERE (around half way down the page)

 

Here are the available fabrics. As I said this offer is only available while fabric stocks last and I have no idea how long that may be so move quickly. This is an opportunity to buy extremely high quality fine suiting at an amazingly low price

 

This is from a promotional email from the fabric merchant so I have no other details of the fabric outside of the descriptions below

 

If you're interested send me a private message or email me from the website

 

 

FANCY BEIGE - Blue Pin Luxury Lightweight
 

Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

FANCY TAUPE - Blue Pin Luxury Lightweight
 

Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

 

FANCY ICE BLUE - Blue Pin Luxury Lightweight
 

Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

 

GREY PIN HEAD - Red Windowpane Luxury Midweight
 

Weight - 320g / 11oz

Composition - Super100 Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

FANCY CHARCOAL - Blue Triple Pin Luxury Lightweight
 

Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

SUPER 180 FANCY GREY - Narrow White Pin
 

Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

 

EXTRAFINE BLACK - Pink Pin



Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Extra Fine Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

SUPER 120 NAVY - Red / Lilac Windowpane



Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super 120 Wool, Made in Huddersfield England

 

 

SUPER 120 GREY - Red / Lilac Windowpane



Weight - 250g / 8oz

Composition - Super 120 Wool, Made in Huddersfield England


Edited by Simon at Elite - 4/16/13 at 3:37pm
post #168 of 431
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IS THIS THE WORLD'S BEST SUIT OFFER?

 

Ok it's a big claim but it is a question not a statement. Read on and if you think there is a better offer anywhere else. either online or in store, feel free to tell me where and I'll tell why I think you may be mistaken.

 

Being an online store only give us a big advantage over running a store. Our costs are considerably less which allows us to sell at a considerably lower price. Someone operating a physical shopfront with all the associated overheads would go out of business very quickly trying to sell suits at our margins.

 

Yorkshire based fabric merchant Huddersfield Cloth, have sent me this weeks specials. We will import the wool below and make a suit at our "Almost Bespoke" tailoring standard for only $999. That's a saving of between $800 and $1,700 on our already heavily discounted price based on the normal price of the wool but here is where the offer gets really interesting.
 
If you buy one of these suits we will also allow you to purchase one of our hand made, full canvas, two piece Milan Collection suits, which we normally sell for $568, for only $199 extra saving you a further $368. That makes only $1,198 for both suits or $599 each.

 

We will make and send you the Milan suit first. After it arrives I will show you how to make any necessary tweaks to your measurements so your "Almost Bespoke" suit will fit very close to perfect straight out of the box. I can assure you that if you're going to have any measurement issues it will be on the first suit and it's extremely  rare to have any significant  problems on the second.

 

Let's see what you get for $1,198

 

1. A  full canvas suit made from a better than average Italian milled suiting wool.. Not slapped together by machines in a big suit factory but hand made by an actual tailor. In fact, it's made by two tailors one who specialises in making trousers and another who makes nothing else but hand made full canvas jackets.

 

2. A fully hand stitched full canvas suit made by a specialist bespoke tailor from some of the finest English wool.

 

How much would you pay for a full canvas suit in store? I've certainly seen factory made fused suits sell for the $999 mark and tailors offering what's really a made to measure service for well over a grand where they take your measurements, send them to an Asian suit factory where they machine make a half canvas suit from a very generic suiting wool. So $1,198 for the full canvas Milan suit on it's own would be a reasonable price.

 

The Grey Prince of Wales in the first picture below has been discounted to less than one seventh of it's normal selling price. If I had to make the suit at the wools standard price you would be looking at $2,699 for that suit on it's own and that's at our very low margins. If you went to a bespoke tailor I wouldn't expect much change our of four or even five grand. The rest of the fabrics below gave been discounted to below a quarter of their regular price and we would normally charge $1,799 for a suit made from this wool.

 

Guys if you have ever wanted a top class suit with world's best tailoring but thought you could never afford it then here is your chance. Two suits for $1,198 is an opportunity not to be missed. That's only $599 per suit for this quality and that has to be the best suiting offer you will ever see.

 

There are a few very minor conditions on the above offer which I will fully explain to you before you make your purchase. If you're interested send me a private message or email me from the website

 

Here are this weeks specials from Huddersfield Cloth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #169 of 431
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A note on the above offer. Mainly to clarify the tailoring standards. This is going to be another long post so if you're not interested in the offer above scan it quickly and move on but if you are interested in world class suiting then it's information you should find interesting and informative

 

Most suits today are made in the big suit factories. They are either machine made in a mostly automated process or sewn together by a production line of seamstresses. They are either a fused or at best a half canvas because you can mass produce those in a factory setting whereas a full canvas suit needs a tailor to set the canvas properly. They are made to a standard block pattern and even minor changes like a lower button stance or wider lapels are rarely allowed as it would mean pulling the suit off the production line and using a cutter and a tailor to make the changes. Not only would this add to the cost (and you would be shocked if you knew just how little a factory made suit cost to make) in many cases there is nobody available in the factory that has the skills and experience to make the changes.

 

We knew there had to be a better way to make a suit so we scoured different parts of Asia to find tailors that could turn out consistently high quality suits at a reasonable price. We now have 12 tailors spread out all over Asia hand making suits for us.

 

The Milan Collection

 

Made by two tailors. One makes trousers and the other only makes full canvas jackets. This is as far away from factory made as you could imagine. Both tailors work in tiny workshops that are smaller than my lounge room. The only assistants are their respective wives who do some of the sewing. The tailor hand chalks and cuts the fabric and makes the entire jacket himself (with some help from the wife). I've been lucky to see him make a suit and it's amazing to watch.

 

He then hand cuts and shapes the full canvas which is then hand sewn into position before final stitching is done on the sewing machine. Fitting a full canvas is a difficult job and while many tailors claim to be able to do it there are very few who can do it consistently correct. Unfortunately, with the rise of the big suit factories this is becoming a dying art with tailors experienced in hand canvassing a suit becoming harder and harder to find.

 

This is definitely a made to measure suit with a standard house pattern being used. While a lot of work such as attaching the sleeves and collars is still stitched by hand most of the major seams are sewn on a specialised tailors sewing machine.  However, as the suit is fully made by a trained and experienced tailor, changes such as lower button stance, wider lapels etc can easily be accommodated unlike most machine made factory suits. Tailoring of this standard, while still inexpensive by western standards, it's not cheap compared to other alternatives and costs us almost double what we would pay in a suit factory. This is something you may wish to keep in mind when looking at our competitors who sell the mass produced fused or half canvas factory made suits for the same price or even more. We pay the extra for a better made suit.

 

Most of our competitors, especially online, are simply order takers for the big Asian suit factories. They sell a suit and just send the measurements and styling details to the factory who machine make a fused (or if your lucky a half) canvas suit. They supply everything including the fabric so the retailer is beholden to the suit factory as to the quality of the fabric. We source our own fabrics independently of the tailor. This allows us greater control over the quality of the fabric used. We have a couple of Asian based fabric merchants who source us some great wool as well as another based in Bradford UK which is in the home of fine English suiting cloth who finds us great specials at the various mills.

 

The Milan fabrics are a good generic suiting wool milled in Italy and dyed in China. While I will never pretend it's the world's greatest suiting fabric it's certainly of a similar standard, and in many cases better, than you would expect in suits selling for under $1,000. I have had emails from many happy Elite Suit customers telling me how surprised they were at the quality of the fabric for the price.

 

Our Almost Bespoke Suits.

 

Our fastest growing market sector is our high end suits and we are selling more and more suits priced at $1,000 and above and those that buy these suits are more likely to become repeat customers. We have three specialist bespoke tailors all based in Shanghai or nearby Ningbo which has been the home of fine tailoring in Asia for more than a century.

 

The tailor we use for most of these suits is a Shanghai local who spent more than ten years training with the famous Shanghainese master tailors before moving to Hong Kong and working for over 15 years at some of the great fashion houses. However, due to the expense of operating their own workshops in Hong Kong more and more tailors are closing them and outsourcing their work to specialist workshops in Shanghai, Ningbo and  Hangzhou in a bid to remain competitive. Rather than go to work for one of the factories our tailor set up his own workshops and now sub-contracts his work to his former employers as well as a high end tailoring outlet in the Shanghai Pudong financial district which sells his suits for around the USD$1,500 mark and over.

 

While still classed as made to measure this does blur the lines with bespoke tailoring. Whereas MTM uses a standard block pattern, in this case the tailor will draw a completely new pattern based on your individual measurements and body profile and hand cut the fabric. The suit never sees a sewing machine and instead over 4,000 individual stitches are painstakingly done by hand  Make no mistake, this is world class tailoring dome in the traditional manner of suit making that has been used for centuries but now rarely seen in today's mass produced world.

 

Actually, the standard of tailoring we demand for these suits is a higher than he uses for his local customers where most of internal stitching is done by machine in order to reduce the cost. We also source horn buttons and a cupro lining to ensure the fine finish you would expect in a suit of this standard.

 

Unless you have had a suit made by a true bespoke tailor you have never owned a suit like this and until Elite Suits was too costly for the average suit buyer. With the frankly unbelievably low prices being offered on some extremely high end suiting by Huddersfield Cloth, it brings not only world class fabrics but also world's best tailoring well into the price range for most of us.

 

We will also extend the offer of one of a full canvas Milan suits for only $199 to anyone who buys any of our "Almost Bespoke" or "Rockstars & Royalty" packages. So not only do you get the specials above but you can also choose some high grade Clissold, Holland & Sherry or even out Ausfine range which is some of the best Australian Merino wool ever produced.

 

So for as low as $1,199 you can have a full canvas hand made suit as well as a suit with world's best tailoring and world famous bespoke quality fabrics. Guys that works out to be $599 per suit which is amazing for this high quality tailoring. Once you wear your "Almost Bespoke" suit you will never look at your other suits in the same light and the only decision you will need to make for your next suit purchase is if you can afford to upgrade to the "Rockstars & Royalty" package.

 

The offer of the Milan suit for $199 is below our cost and made to entice you to try out our high end tailoring service and if this doesn't do it I don't know what more I can do to convince you. There are a few minor conditions that I will explain fully to you before you make your purchase. However, one of them is that the offer is limited to one per customer per lifetime.

 

I do seriously believe that this may be the best suit offer available anywhere in the world today. If you think you know a better one feel free to let me know but I reserve the right to tell you why I think you may be mistaken

 

If your interested, send me a private message or an email via the website

post #170 of 431
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I'd advise against using the collar gap family that buttons bottom buttons as sales pitch... just my 0.02€

Collar-gap family, haha, that's a brilliant epithet for the photo.
post #171 of 431
The hucksterism in here is just stultifying. I need air.
post #172 of 431
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The hucksterism in here is just stultifying. I need air.

He's the guy who's in charge of the affiliate company. None of you seem to be able/willing to post pictures of your suits, so he's got to do the promoting himself. I'm sure that someone's buying suits. It must not be SF members.

post #173 of 431
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Here's some shots of one of our "Almost Bespoke" suits.

 

The customer recently purchased a Tom Ford original and while he liked the style wanted a similar suit with some small changes (and without the $7,000 price tag) so he called us after a referral from a friend. You can read about the construction of the suit HERE

 

The customer is the CEO of a global technology company that turns over 100s of millions a year. The photos were for a cover and accompanying story in a trade magazine that would be circulated to both his clients and competitors so he wanted to look his best. Faced with the decision between his $7,000 Tom Ford or our $999 Almost Bespoke suits naturally he chose ours as he told me he thinks it's a far better suit. He emailed me when it first arrived

 

“I have to say I am impressed by the suit and fabric and the fit is great. I’m certainly interested in another one and the guys in the office here said they liked it so they might want a couple as well.”

 

High praise indeed when he's comparing our suit to a  Tom Ford original

 

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The pocket flaps caused us a little concern. They are the same size as the Tom Ford suit but as we reduced the lapel width I was concerned that the flaps would look a little oversized. After a bit of discussion before we made the suit the decision was made to keep them as they were as if they were too big we could easily have them reduced which would be far easier than trying to make them larger. Since these photos were taken he has had them made smaller for the small tailoring fee of $66.

 

 

 

 

 

The customer has since ordered another suit in a beautiful grey cloth from Taylor & Lodge Those that buy one of our range of fully hand stitched suits are the most likely to become repeat customer as they realise that they can't get this high quality of construction combined with bespoke quality fabrics elsewhere anywhere near the price.

 

 

 

 

post #174 of 431
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Since posting the Huddersfield Cloth specials on Saturday, two Styleforum members have recognised the exceptional value in these suits and placed orders. One grabbed the Grey Prince of Wales and saved $1,700 off our a;ready low prices and who knows how much compared to buying off a local tailor. Of course he also took up the Milan Collection offer for $199 and bought the two suits for only $1,198 and saved over two grand.

 

To be honest I'm a little surprised only two people (plus another who said he will place his order by Friday) have taken up this amazing offer. Two suits for $1,198 works out at only $599 each for a hand made full canvas suit made from a nice Italian fabric as well as a suit made from some extra fine bespoke quality English wool and world class tailoring. When you consider you often pay far more than $599 for a cheap mass produced machine made fused canvas suit in a store, if I was even considering a new suit I'd jump on this offer.

 

I don't know anywhere else you can buy suits of this quality anywhere near this price

 

We will send you the Milan suit first which will give you the opportunity to tweak your measurements so the English wool suit should fit almost perfectly straight out of the box.

 

Anyway, here are this weeks offerings from Huddersfield Cloth. Each fabric has been discounted down to about a quarter of it's normal price allowing us to offer suits we would normally sell at $1,499 for only $999.

 

There is a nice navy "Cool Wool" in this weeks collection and as stocks are limited it's something I'd jump on

 

If your interested, send me a private message or an email via the website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #175 of 431

Tough crowd.

post #176 of 431
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Tough crowd.

 

Yet when you read the comments those that have actually purchased a suit you will find they are overwhelmingly positive. 

 

Here's yet another Styleforum member in his New Elite Suit.

 

He's going through the process of tweaking his measurements with every subsequent suit purchase. He has another suit that's due to arrive very soon which will fit even better than this one. I think one more adjustment then we will have his measurements close enough to perfect.

 

I have a number of customers who when they want a new suit simply send me their fabric choice and say make it just like the last one. This customer is well along the way to joining them.

post #177 of 431

Their website's OK nothing spectacular that wowed me. There's no flash and too text laden. The suit prices are similar with some of the more established Hong Kong tailors. 

post #178 of 431
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Originally Posted by Simon at Elite View Post

 

Yet when you read the comments those that have actually purchased a suit you will find they are overwhelmingly positive. 

 

Here's yet another Styleforum member in his New Elite Suit.

 

He's going through the process of tweaking his measurements with every subsequent suit purchase. He has another suit that's due to arrive very soon which will fit even better than this one. I think one more adjustment then we will have his measurements close enough to perfect.

 

I have a number of customers who when they want a new suit simply send me their fabric choice and say make it just like the last one. This customer is well along the way to joining them.

 

I want a fit like Express suits. What do you suggest?

post #179 of 431
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LOVE the pockets.

No one realises that the pockets should be the most prominent feature on a suit. And they're really what makes Tom Ford TOM FORD

I really don't think I could tell the difference between that one and a real TF, unless they got close enough to recognise that your suit is actually better made!!!!!!!
post #180 of 431
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Just saw the buttons! What a fun touch !!1!!!

Like its classic with just a little twist.

Just throwing out some ideas here but have you ever tried five buttons on the front?

I'm thinking a little Steve Harvey meets Tom Ford???

If you use my idea you have to name it after me!! LOL
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