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You could also add a "Since 2015" under yours as a giant FU to Jeeves. Would be gutsy.

Wouldn't it be more like "Since 2013" (or whenever he got his start—this thread was 2013)?

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That's true - I was thinking more in terms of the logo change but you're definitely correct.
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Wouldn't it be more like "Since 2013" (or whenever he got his start—this thread was 2013)?

Been going since 2009. Nearly 6 years.
post #964 of 1323
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I've always really loved your stuff. Pray tell, what's your price range for MTM and Bespoke right now? I'm coming by NY and might just about tempt myself into getting something.

I no longer do MTM just don't have the time for it and I feel its always inherently a compromise. I have bespoke options starting at 4000, locally made, try on fittings, patterns made and stored, good cloths as standard, the whole works.
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I no longer do MTM just don't have the time for it and I feel its always inherently a compromise. I have bespoke options starting at 4000, locally made, try on fittings, patterns made and stored, good cloths as standard, the whole works.

I'm assuming this is regular bespoke, yes? So Top Maker bespoke would start at around $5k?

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I'm assuming this is regular bespoke, yes? So Top Maker bespoke would start at around $5k?

No I have actually merged the two streams (I am doing a new site at the moment). My prices on the "regular" bespoke were just going up organically to the point that there was very little difference price wise and through some of my innovations I was able to scale up very high end bespoke tailoring (at least a whole lot more than my stateside competitors), its not a capacity for thousands of suits a year but it is in the low to mid 100s.

As a general trend though I would hope pricing would go up eventually to 5000 or more but I will have to see how things go. Certainly if the client base continues to grow and if I stay as hands on as I am (I spend at least 4 hours a day, six days a week fitting or consulting with clients personally) then I will have to do that to move forward.
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Looks like I need to commission something soon :D.

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Looks like I need to commission something soon biggrin.gif .

Haha! Well it is a growing business. I will always work with established clients and their referals on pricing though. I have a lot of clients that I have kept since the start and yes prices have gone up for them but they don't seem to mind because I think they trust me and the product and I think we have grown together as well.
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Haha! Well it is a growing business. I will always work with established clients and their referals on pricing though. I have a lot of clients that I have kept since the start and yes prices have gone up for them but they don't seem to mind because I think they trust me and the product and I think we have grown together as well.

Is this the general trend for prices over a tailor's career as they become more and more well-known/regarded, until they reach the so-called "upper echelon," like LL, Corvato, etc.?

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Is this the general trend for prices over a tailor's career as they become more and more well-known/regarded, until they reach the so-called "upper echelon," like LL, Corvato, etc.?

I think so unless you change the business model by adding in extra people to service clients but of course everyone wants to see me (or the boss somewhere else) and that creates a bottle neck because you can only see so many people in a day. So if your client base continues to grow and you have that bottle neck then its just a question of supply and demand increasing prices.

Of course you can also just create that demand instantly, some brands just appear overnight seemingly and go in hard with big investors, prime locations and marketing and this is not a bad strategy but it is high risk. My business started with 1k in the bank and a bag of cloth books from Dormeuil and Loro Piana, it has always grown organically. Last year I put out 300 suits.......with no investors, an office in Union Square and a terrible website.
post #971 of 1323
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I think so unless you change the business model by adding in extra people to service clients but of course everyone wants to see me (or the boss somewhere else) and that creates a bottle neck because you can only see so many people in a day. So if your client base continues to grow and you have that bottle neck then its just a question of supply and demand increasing prices.

Of course you can also just create that demand instantly, some brands just appear overnight seemingly and go in hard with big investors, prime locations and marketing and this is not a bad strategy but it is high risk. My business started with 1k in the bank and a bag of cloth books from Dormeuil and Loro Piana, it has always grown organically. Last year I put out 300 suits.......with no investors, an office in Union Square and a terrible website.

Have you thought about taking on an apprentice? Obviously clients are still going to want to see you personally, but it would be nice to have some help and eventually someone who can take on more responsibility. I guess the downside is that person will sooner or later want to go into business for him/herself, but isn't that how you got your feet wet at Gieves & Hawkes?

 

EDIT: This would probably mean you would have to raise prices to be able to pay this apprentice's wages and only you are in a position to judge whether this would be a worthwhile trade-off or not, but just as an admirer of your work from afar, I think it would be great to see you grow your brand and command a higher profile.


Edited by diadem - 7/15/15 at 10:24am
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Have you thought about taking on an apprentice? Obviously clients are still going to want to see you personally, but it would be nice to have some help and eventually someone who can take on more responsibility. I guess the downside is that person will sooner or later want to go into business for him/herself, but isn't that how you got your feet wet at Gieves & Hawkes?

EDIT: This would probably mean you would have to raise prices to be able to pay this apprentice's wages and only you are in a position to judge whether this would be a worthwhile trade-off or not, but just as an admirer of your work from afar, I think it would be great to see you grow your brand and command a higher profile.

Well I did work for about 10 years for a number of great brands (not just Gieves) before starting my own and although I always wanted to do it circumstance and fate really pushed me into it.

I have had a number of assistants over the years, they come and go, some are great some are not so great.

At the moment I am looking at getting some support for the admin, bookings and marketing aspects. Right now if you call my number that's my cell and I answer, if you email that's my direct email, there may be a secretary soon and/or someone who is a better writer than me doing things like social media posts.

Thank you for your kind regards though and you can bet I'll continue pushing every day to grow the Reeves brand.
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Ah, very nice, indeed. Best of luck to you!
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That is some major hotness!

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