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post #346 of 431
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Here's something a little different

 

 

This is a suit made form one of the Clissold fabrics. It's a light brown birdseye

 

Many years ago brown suits were extremely popular but have certainly gone out of fashion today. Frankly I don't know why as I think they look good especially on a guy with a good silhouette.

 

This is one of our "Almost Bespoke" packages with world class wool and full hand stitching. It's a great suit that looks good and wear well.

 

You can see the range of English Bespoke Cloth HERE. We also have some great new fabrics coming soon.

 

Don't forget you can add the full canvas Milan suit to any of our "Almost Bespoke" or "Rockstar & Royalty" packages for only $199 extra which is a saving of $369 of the normal price. Read more on this HERE.

 

That's two great fully hand tailored full canvas suits for $1,198 or only $599 each. When I see what's available elsewhere for $599 it seems to be incredible value.

post #347 of 431
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Do you fit in an off the rack shirt or would you be better to have them custom made?

 

You can read our opinion HERE

 

What do you think? Is off the rack OK for you?

post #348 of 431
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One of our big areas of business is weddings. We supply suits for grooms and their wedding party for five or six weddings every week all over the world.

 

One of the grooms from a wedding in Germany sent me some shots of his Milan Tux. The poses aren't great to show of the suit but at least this time it's been pressed.

 

 

post #349 of 431
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We sell hundreds of custom made shirts every month. Like our suits we always give our customers a choice of fabric grades. What we find remarkable is that it's the customers who buy the basic cotton who seem to be the most satisfied.They are more likely to email to tell us how much they love their new shirts and more likely to reorder. One customer ordered three to start with then placed two more orders for three more and on the fourth order didn't mess around and ordered ten more shirts. That's 19 in total and I won't be surprised to see him again.

 

When he does come back he should be happy as we have just replace our entire shirting fabric range with over 1250 new fabrics. There are four grades of shirting cotton and just about every weave, colour and pattern you could think of. You can read about the different fabrics HERE

 

One thing that can spoil a great looking outfit is a poorly fitting shirt. People seem to put a lot of effort into the fit of their suit then forget that a good fitting shirt is just as important. Not all of us can fit into an off the rack shirt and you can see what I mean READING THIS.

 

Like our suits, our shirts are incredible value for money, you can buy a fully tailored shirt for as low as $89 and if you buy two for $178 we will throw in another at no extra charge which makes it just over $59 per shirt. Buy four and we will give you two free shirts. Pay for six and get four for free making ten shirts in total. To make it even better if you buy four (plus the two free ones) we are happy to send you one shirt so you can test the fit before we make the rest of the order. This will give you the chance to tweak your measurements so the rest of the shirts fit even better and if you have made some large mistake with the original measurements that the first shirt is unwearable, not only will we make the remaining shirts to the new measurements we will even remake the test shirt at no extra charge.

 

You can see the new shirting range by CLICKING HERE

 

If you want to see the various options available to customise your shirt exactly they way you want it you can download the order form and customisation sheet from the bottom of THIS PAGE. You can also download the measurement guide to see how easy it is to send us you measurements.

post #350 of 431
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so I've gone through about 7 pages and can't find a review by a long standing member, whats the verdict on this place?

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Have you seen the photos?

 

Is it still SALESY talk or have any TRUSTED members posted GOOD experiences? I went through lot of pages and cannot find a conclusive REVIEW from a long standing member. 

post #351 of 431
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Originally Posted by Simon at Elite View Post

We sell hundreds of custom made shirts every month. Like our suits we always give our customers a choice of fabric grades. What we find remarkable is that it's the customers who buy the basic cotton who seem to be the most satisfied.They are more likely to email to tell us how much they love their new shirts and more likely to reorder. One customer ordered three to start with then placed two more orders for three more and on the fourth order didn't mess around and ordered ten more shirts. That's 19 in total and I won't be surprised to see him again.

When he does come back he should be happy as we have just replace our entire shirting fabric range with over 1250 new fabrics. There are four grades of shirting cotton and just about every weave, colour and pattern you could think of. You can read about the different fabrics HERE

One thing that can spoil a great looking outfit is a poorly fitting shirt. People seem to put a lot of effort into the fit of their suit then forget that a good fitting shirt is just as important. Not all of us can fit into an off the rack shirt and you can see what I mean READING THIS.

Like our suits, our shirts are incredible value for money, you can buy a fully tailored shirt for as low as $89 and if you buy two for $178 we will throw in another at no extra charge which makes it just over $59 per shirt. Buy four and we will give you two free shirts. Pay for six and get four for free making ten shirts in total. To make it even better if you buy four (plus the two free ones) we are happy to send you one shirt so you can test the fit before we make the rest of the order. This will give you the chance to tweak your measurements so the rest of the shirts fit even better and if you have made some large mistake with the original measurements that the first shirt is unwearable, not only will we make the remaining shirts to the new measurements we will even remake the test shirt at no extra charge.

You can see the new shirting range by CLICKING HERE

If you want to see the various options available to customise your shirt exactly they way you want it you can download the order form and customisation sheet from the bottom of THIS PAGE. You can also download the measurement guide to see how easy it is to send us you measurements.

I enjoy reading your posts !
What if the guy who purchased 19 shirts from you wants to re order the same shirts in same fabrics again ??
Since you have just replace your entire shirting fabric range ...... lol8[1].gif
post #352 of 431
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I enjoy reading your posts !
What if the guy who purchased 19 shirts from you wants to re order the same shirts in same fabrics again ??
Since you have just replace your entire shirting fabric range ...... lol8[1].gif

Fabrics change. You can't keep offering the same fabrics forever. People want something new. The upgrade of our shirting range has led to an influx of orders from existing customers keen to try the new fabrics. If the customer that has purchased 19 shirts decides he wants more I will be surprised if he complains about being able to order a superior grade of cotton.

 

We believe it's all about the customer having a choice. You can pick what grade of fabric you want then choose your preferred weave, colour and pattern and all starting from less then $60 per shirt which isn't bad for a custom tailored shirt. If all you want is a good fitting shirt for a good price you can simply order from the Beijing fabrics. If you want a very high quality cotton you have the Giza Cotton fabrics. At less than $100 each if you order three it's a great price when you consider you can pay more than double that elsewhere for cotton of this quality.

 

On the subject of changing fabrics over the next few months we will be changing the bulk of our suiting fabrics as well. Our fabric merchants in both Asia and England have sourced us some great new wool (including a new range of Holland & Sherry s160's cloth) at highly attractive prices. I already get many emails for customers pleasantly surprised about the quality of fabric for the price they paid this should make them even happier.

post #353 of 431
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In this business there is always going to be things that go wrong. It doesn't matter where you buy your suit occasionally things will go awry. You only need to read some of the other MTM threads on Styleforum to see that. With so much human involvement there is always a chance of an error creeping in, Most of the problems with suits are caused my us being supplied with incorrect measurements. It's expected in the industry and we have processes to handle it including our No Worries Guarantee which we believe to be one of the best in the online MTM business. We also have processes to weed out a lot of errors and people who should know these things tell us we have a very low error rate compared to others

'But even we make mistakes.Only recently I transposed to numbers in the fabric code and the customer received a completely different colour and pattern than he ordered so even I'm not immune to making an mistake. The customer sent me an extremely polite email asking what happened and we sent him another suit in the fabric he originally ordered so he ended up with two suits for the price of one which made him extremely happy.

Unfortunately not all customers are so polite and occasionally I get some rather stern emails that make me wonder how someone could write and send something so uncivil. I once received an email that could only be described as abusive from a customer who was apparently unhappy that they received a brown suit, I politely replied that seeing the fabric swatch they ordered was not only clearly brown but was plainly labelled as such then what colour suit were they expecting us to send? We ended up replacing the suit at no charge and of course never received the courtesy of a thank you email.

However, luckily most customers are far more good-natured and every week I get more emails from customers who tell me they love their new suit than I do from customers with issues. Emails like this one I received this morning

Hi Simon

Suits received this morning. And what can I say! I had a nice smile. 

The jacket fits like a glove and has a nice weight to it unlike those regular run of the mill store suits. 

Top Job

Please stand by for my next order. I have also recommended a few colleagues to check out elitesuits.

Reading an email like this is always a pleasant way to start a day and when you remember that only a small percentage of customers will email to tell you that everything is OK but every customer will email to tell you there is a problem the fact we get more emails thanking us than complaints shows that we must be doing something right.

 

post #354 of 431
Do people from Belgium (Europe) need to pay taxes for this products?

How do people compare this with Suitsupply? Its almost the same price rang for some suits and you can customize it.
post #355 of 431
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I'm currently in Shanghai attending the international textile fair. It's given me the chance to meet with suppliers from all over the world. One of the most surprising things was how many times I was told by some famous name suppliers I have never dealt with that they have heard of our small company, It appears our reputation is growing in the right places. One of the worlds biggest names in English suiting cloth is very keen for me to meet with their sales manager. Perhaps more on that as it develops.

 

If you have read the website and blog you will realise that at Elite Suits we are passionate about fabrics. One of the things we care about is the authenticity of our fabrics. This is why we import all our English bespoke quality cloth ourselves. We ensure that it's sourced directly from the relative mill so if we offer a Holland & Sherry cloth for example we can be sure it's genuine Holland & Sherry. Many times I have been offered well known brand name English cloth, complete with printed selvedge, from Asian suppliers at prices so low they can't possibly be the real article.

 

It's the same with trimmings, there is bemberg lining then there is real bemberg lining. The supplier will say it's bemberg but when it comes down to it it's not the genuine article but rather some completely man made fibre. We have now struck a deal to buy genuine 100% Japanese made bemberg made by AsahiKASEI. If you look them up you will discover they are one of the very few manufacturers of 100% genuine bemberg linings.

 

The same thing applies to horn buttons, There are buttons called horn and then there is the real thing, We also struck a deal with a supplier to buy genuine American buffalo horn buttons from a supplier based logically enough in the USA. So once again we can be confident that we are supplying the genuine article and when our customers order bemberg lining and horn buttons we will deliver a !00% Japanese made Bemberg lining and American buffalo horn buttons.

 

These are the trimmings used by the best bespoke tailors the world over and are now standard trimmings on all our "Almost Bespoke" and "Rockstar & Royalty"tailoring packages

post #356 of 431
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Our standard suits come with a quality polyviscose lining and resin buttons. It's a fairly standard inclusion across the industry and we try our best to use better than average quality so that for the money our customers are getting the best suit possible.

 

However, we now offering an upgrade package for those who want the best possible finish to their suit. For just a little more you can have a genuine 100% Japanese made bemberg lining and real American buffalo horn buttons. The finish to your suit will be the same as if you purchased it from one of the world's best bespoke tailors.

 

As an example, you can buy the full canvas Beijing Suit for only $398 you can add the Trimming Upgrade for only an extra $49 making a total of $447.

 

Compare this to our competitors and see the added value we offer

 

  • Full canvas instead of the cheaper and lesser quality fused or half canvas
  • Made by hand instead of being slapped together by machines
  • Constructed by a real trained and experienced tailor not by untrained factory workers
  • Worlds best quality 100% bemberg lining from Japan
  • Genuine buffalo horn buttons

 

All that for only $447 and I think when you see what others offer for sometimes significantly more you will see the value that Elite Suits offers and why we are a fast growing company.

 

You can even upgrade to a higher grade of wool by buying the Shanghai or Milan suits

post #357 of 431

Right, so I'm looking for a tux; and elite suits has come on the radar as being able to offer a fully canvassed suit.

 

That said (and I don't mean to offend anyone here); the website is APPALLING! It's difficult to navigate, difficult to find out what it is I want and what is being offered at what price and overall a pain. I would have discounted it had it not been for this thread (in fact, I had discounted it... but just saw this thread). I may be a little harsh as I work with computers, so I apologise for that, but I do mean it with good intentions.

 

So, here's a question. I'm looking for a black tuxedo, ideally fully canvassed. The outer fabric needs to be wool (or a blend of wool, cashmere, silk) - no polyester of any kind. The lining needs to be natural (ideally silk). I would like the lapel out of grosgrain. The suit itself is quite simple, peak lapel, single breasted, single button.

 

Is this something you can do, and if so, what would it cost? What are turnaround times like?

 

Thanks,

M.

post #358 of 431
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Easy

 

A good quality full canvas tux in a 100% wool is available starting at $448

 

The Beijing Tuxedo

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It comes with a polyviscose lining and resin buttons but you can upgrade to a genuine Japanese made Bemberg lining and buffalo horn buttons for only an extra $49 So that's a total of $497 for everything.  I'm not a fan of silk lining on suits but if you want that instead of bemberg we can do that for the same price.

 

That will make a nice tuxedo for under 500 bucks. If you want a really nice wool I have some high quality Italian milled black wool in the Milan Collection at $599 for the full canvas version. If you prefer this I'll do the lining and button upgrade at no extra charge seeing you're a Styleforum member.

 

As for the website I know it can be a little difficult yet business continues to grow in spite of that. We're up over 50% year on year and repeat business shows that many people think it's worth the effort. Over the past two years I have been more interested in ensuring I have the right fabric merchants and the best and most experienced tailors in Asia. I think the work we have done in the past weeks ensuring the authenticity of our high grade trimmings now means we finally have everything in place and we can get back to upgrading and simplifying the website.

 

However, we will never be a simple point and click operation. There are already too many of those on the web now. Instead we will be servicing the customers who want a better quality suit at a value for money price. Accordingly there will always be options to upgrade nearly every facet of your suit so you can get exactly the suit you want in most cases.I have said many times that we are not trying to be the next Indochino. I'm happy to leave that to others.

 

I think when people see the suit they can put together and get a far higher quality garment for in many cases less than they will pay elsewhere they will continue to come back for their suiting needs. It's worked so far.

post #359 of 431
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People ask us what makes us different from the hundreds of other online suit companies. Well the majority are simply order takers for the big Asian suit factories. They simply take your order and send it with your measurements to the only factory they deal with who slap your fused canvas suit together by machine using a low grade fabric. Once the online suit company take the order the factory does everything. They supply the fabric make the suit and ship it

 

We have 11 different tailors spread all over Asia who will make us full canvas suits by hand. While some do the stitching with a sewing machine others do all the stitching by hand with only the internal seams sewn by machine for added strength. We also source our own fabrics which allows us to control the quality.

 

Here's an example of what we do. I just placed an order with a tailor for one of our "Rockstars and Royalty"suits. The tailor is based in China and handmakes suits for bespoke tailors all over the world.

 

The fabric is a super 160's 8.5oz Holland and Sherry cloth which we import ourselves from England and made from merino wool grown in Australia.

 

The buttons are american buffalo horn we purchase from a company based in the USA but are finished in India.

 

The lining is a 100% bemberg made in Japan which we purchase from a Hong Kong based company.

 

Even the thread and trimmings are made in Italy.

 

So for just one suit we have touched,China, England, Australia, USA, India, Japan, Hong Kong and Italy. That's eight countries to source the best possible materials to make one magnificent suit for a customer in Holland. That's true global tailoring.

 

OK it may be a $1.599 suit and as such a little more than may of us pay for our everyday suit but how much do you think your local tailor would charge to have a suit fully handstitched with a s160's Holland & Sherry fabric and world's best trimmings? I suggest you would start at $4,000 in most places.

 

If the customer treats this suit right he will keep it in good condition for decades and get great value for his suiting dollar. Far better value than a cheap $450 fused suit slapped together by machine in an hour or two at a factory.

 

That's why we're different

post #360 of 431
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A lot of people won't order a custom made suit online because they are worried about getting the measurements right. I've said many times that it's not rocket science and when you consider the number of suits we sell we actually have very few problems with wrong measurements.There are many ways you can check that your measurements are right and even if you are out by a centimetre or two there is usually enough margin for small errors or at worst it's easily and inexpensively rectified. Even if you do make a big error when measuring you have our No Worries Guarantee as a back up

 

If you read and follow the instructions HEREwhen your suit arrives it should be a close fit straight out of the box. Some customers do have the suits tweaked after delivery to get that even better fit but the overwhelming majority wear the suits as delivered.

 

It's worth remembering that even with an off the rack suit most people have it altered to fit properly, If you don't pay extra to have it altered than the store has included it in the price and you pay for it even if you don't use it

 

When you consider that you can by a much higher quality suit online for in many cases less than you will pay for a lesser quality suit in store it makes a lot of sense. Take our standard Beijing Collection suit as an example. Hand made by experienced tailors, fully canvassed and a better quality fabric in your choice from over 40 colours and patterns for only $399 which is under $380 US. Furthermore, you can have the suit in the style you want instead of settling for what styles the store has in stock.

 

A good quality well tailored suit can easily be tailored to fit properly. A cheap suit is always a cheap suit no matter what you do to it.

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