Here's a question for A. Kabbaz (and I think you can be honest because most of your clientele probably don't read this forum): Do you consider most of your clients well-dressed, or do they mostly seek out high-end goods for prestige and just 'cuz they can? I mean, when consiously dressed (either in one of your shirts or not), are they generally the type of people that turn heads?
Ken - The $600 they spend for a shirt may not be any financial burden at all to my clients. However, if I had to name one overriding characteristic common to ALL of my clients it would be, "they ain't stupid." In their positions, whatever that may be, they are expected
to dress properly. Bespoke clothing is not really an option, it is the norm. As to your question, I cannot think of even one client who wears my shirts for the mere prestige of wearing the most expensive. I can
think of a few clients whom I have thrown out over the years because they didn't properly respect the shirts or the shirtmaker. Do they turn heads because of what they wear? I doubt it: Proper bespoke clothing is not meant to turn heads. Proper bespoke clothing is just ... there. Do they turn heads because of who they are? I suspect some of them do.
Alex may smack me for this but I also know of several shirtmakers who Alex has spent significant time/effort giving advice and assistance to without charging for his time.
smack Texans. They're usually larger than me. By the way, how much do I owe you for that post?
Seriously, though, thank you. And for those considering Chuck's shirts, I can tell you one thing: Over the years I've had hundreds of ready-made shirt guys consult with me regarding how to cut the costs of their products. I have had only one
who ever asked me to take his whole shirt apart, figure out what could be better, and damn the cost.
Your wish is my command.
If Alex doubled his price they'd still buy all their shirts from him.
Also, you have to go to New York to be measured and fitted. Alex will do (insist on, really) more fittings than any other shirtmaker bar none. I have head stories about him making multiple sample shirts before he cuts your order.
That's just not correct. You can send over the corporate jet and I'll go anywhere you want for a fitting. Seriously, though, thanks ... and I always
make multiple sample shirts. If I make one and use it to do a fitting, don't I have to make another to check the effect of the corrections determined at the fitting? If this second sample is reasonably close, I'll often let the client keep it with my compliments, but it is never
part of their order. On a general note, I would like to thank all of you for your interest in this thread. I consider it an honor to be a subject of your discussion.