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post #16 of 29

The fact that  their website is still live, the fact that they have been stalling and trying to gain time for months saying that the suits will be delivered, that people (who did not do tailoring) were sick hence the delay and the zillion of other excuses etc makes the Bookster case a plain fraud in my view. 1172 pounds in there, and I do not call them lost yet...

post #17 of 29

Yes, very sad news about Bookster.

 

Unfortunately, in the case of a bankruptcy, it is quite correct that pre-paid orders cannot be refunded by the company, as their business is in the hands of the Official Receiver.  However, buyers in the UK who paid by credit card (not debit card) may well have a claim against the credit card company, who may well become responsible for refunding of payment;  contact the bank/credit card company in the first instance, and seek legal advice if you are not satisfied (I myself am not a lawyer/solicitor.)  I am not sure how this would affect overseas buyers.

 

Hope this is helpful to some of those creditors who have paid Bookster, but not received their goods.

 

Good luck!

post #18 of 29

Sad news. I had an overcoat made there last year, and I really like their products (I also have a charcoal worsted suit), and I was planning to one day order something else. My best fitting suit trousers were made by them. Maybe I need to look into this Mears business.

post #19 of 29

Bookster has sent the suggestion to pursue a charg eack through the payment provider. Such process works well with credit cards, not with bank transfers. Refunds in such processes have a preferred position in the liability schedule of illiquid companies. So the last word on whether or not a refund will be made isn't spoken.

 

Beyond secured transactions one ought to be able to spek to a receiver or liquidator. For those in the know of trades and customs on the north-sea island, professional assistance may be desirable and affordable.

 

Three more important points:

The Kings have built a business that was unique in its way, they provided personal service, superb clothing a.s.f. Going out of business is the last thing any entrepreneur ever wishes to experience. It is a deteriorating personal experience. I wish them all the luck in the world.

 

If (as an entrepreneur) you have never gone through bankruptcy, you probably haven't lived or involved in anything worth your mission.

 

It is devastating not to get my jacket, trousers and first breeches. After some cheap remorse about money lost, I realized: If I could not ultimately decide to be able to afford the loss, should I pretend to be a man in bespoke suits?

 

Cheers,

 

Thomas

post #20 of 29

really distressing, had many pleasant and professional dealings with Peter and Michele over the years, vast & unique choice of fabrics, sound style & tailoring especially considering the price, more than a dozen tweed jackets and several moleskin trousers.  With temps finally falling, I was just getting ready to order a double breasted tweed jacket when I came upon this.  So now what is one to do ?

post #21 of 29

really distressing, had many pleasant and professional dealings with Peter and Michele over the years, vast & unique choice of fabrics, sound style & tailoring especially considering the price, more than a dozen tweed jackets and several moleskin trousers.  With temps finally falling, I was just getting ready to order a double breasted tweed jacket when I came upon this.  So now what is one to do ?

post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by Gee-al-Nujorki View Post
 

really distressing, had many pleasant and professional dealings with Peter and Michele over the years, vast & unique choice of fabrics, sound style & tailoring especially considering the price, more than a dozen tweed jackets and several moleskin trousers.  With temps finally falling, I was just getting ready to order a double breasted tweed jacket when I came upon this.  So now what is one to do ?

 

Some of their tailoring was done by Mears of Walsall. The Kings were never very open about who did their tailoring, but since their demise, various facts have emerged which reflect quite poorly on the Kings - although who knows what desperate turn of events precipitated their apparent decline?

 

I had a couple of sports jackets made by Bookster, then stumbled across Mears by chance, and they made me a hacking jacket. I was interested to find they were both quicker and rather cheaper than Bookster, yet the quality was the same - in fact so much the same that it occurred to me that they might be Bookster's real makers, but this long-held suspicion was only confirmed very recently. Bookster it seems was never much more than a well-functioning website and an order-taking operation with a 15% mark-up.

 

I would recommend you to at least make enquiries of Mears - Lynne Mears is most helpful, although the firm is apparently working flat out at the moment with the approach of the hunting season here. Incidentally, they have a rather greater choice of tweeds than is apparent from their website.

post #23 of 29
If they are taking personal bankruptcy then they were trading as sole traders and therefore have personal liability and assets at risk.

If they were trading as a limited company then they will be in liquidation or receivership and only company owned assets can be liquidated to pay off creditors.

The official receiver will generally not be involved unless somebody (a creditor) has referred it or no other liquidator wants to get involved...(if it looks really dodgy basically).

HTH.
post #24 of 29

Thanks again, I am saved.  Ms. Mears very helpful, no-nonsense on the phone. 

 

Next question, though : used to get quite a few moleskin trousers from Bookster, well cut, slim.  Their purple and "loch blue"  particularly striking with Tweeds but now tatty.  Only loch blues ones I see on the net are Barbours, apparently jeans cut, a no-no for me.  Any idea who supplied Booksters' ?  

post #25 of 29

I am given to understand that Bookster were supplied by a company called Mears Made-to-Measure, and that they provide pretty much all that you could get from Bookster.

 

Here is the link:http://bespokemears.co.uk/

 

Hope this is helpful.

post #26 of 29
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I am given to understand that Bookster were supplied by a company called Mears Made-to-Measure, and that they provide pretty much all that you could get from Bookster.

Here is the link:http://bespokemears.co.uk/

Hope this is helpful.

This was established at the time Bookster closed as evidenced in this and other threads.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by Gee-al-Nujorki View Post
 

Thanks again, I am saved.  Ms. Mears very helpful, no-nonsense on the phone. 

 

Next question, though : used to get quite a few moleskin trousers from Bookster, well cut, slim.  Their purple and "loch blue"  particularly striking with Tweeds but now tatty.  Only loch blues ones I see on the net are Barbours, apparently jeans cut, a no-no for me.  Any idea who supplied Booksters' ?  

Someone else on AAAC discovered that the following firm made trousers for Bookster: http://elitetrousers.co.uk/?page_id=6. Can't say whether they will still have your shade of blue, however.

post #28 of 29

Hi,

just been brought to our notice that this is the place to let people know of our exsistence with regard to being the manufacturer of trousers breeks and waistcoats for Bookster.  I  noticed from your post that you were enquiring about getting trousers made.  We are Elite Bespoke Tailoring Ltd and until there demise manufactured garments for Bookster (we also lost a lot of money with them)

When they ceased to trade we were a company only dealing with other companies something we have been working hard to alter since July.  We hope to have our website fully operational early in the new year.  All this said we are still manufacturing and we need to find a way to let people know that we hold several in house working patterns made for Bookster customers but have no way of contacting them to let them know as we only have a name. If we can be of help with your trousers please contact us at

elitebespoke@outlook.com For your information we hold a stock of cloth including the purple and loch blue moleskin.

post #29 of 29

It appears that Bookster have quietly re-entered the on-line market, now trading from Leeds:

 

www.bookster.co.uk

 

I'm not sure how they have managed to side-step their apparent bankruptcy at the end of last year, or whether their unsatisfied customers ever received any form of recompense, but have read elsewhere that the company is under new ownership, yet with the continued 'assistance' of Peter and Michelle King.

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