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Agreed. Even though I favor English style, there was always this opulence of color at Arny's (and Charvet). When I was 16 and on a school trip to Paris, I stumbled into Old England . . . that was also quite an experience.
 

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Thank you for your patience! If you like it, spread the word! I need to pay my tailor!
I pay mine, but the tailor, shirtmaker, and cordwainer all used to be very easy about it. Anderson & Sheppard never even mentioned money until I'd taken delivery and they'd present me with a beautifully handwritten invoice by mail. I still have a few around here somewhere. I'd get home and send a check ... all in good time. Then around the early 90's I paid a visit to Dege. They wanted a hefty deposit. "A what!?!?! Are we talking money?" That really caught me off guard. And good heavens, they suggested a credit card. "A credit card? Are you serious?" Ye olde Amex was what they were seeking. Prior to that I'd never heard mention of credit cards at at any of the London shops I patronized. I found myself thinking "It's the beginning of the end of the old ways." Well, what I considered to be the old ways ... I'm sure there were other old ways before my time.

Speaking of the old ways ... the new avatar is a photo of me on my 50th ... about 21 years back. The shirt is neither bespoke ... nor is it western. It's not even Charvet.
 
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I pay mine, but the tailor, shirtmaker, and cordwainer all used to be very easy about it. Anderson & Sheppard never even mentioned money until I'd taken delivery and they'd present me with a beautifully handwritten invoice by mail. I still have a few around here somewhere. I'd get home and send a check ... all in good time. Then around the early 90's I paid a visit to Dege. They wanted a hefty deposit. "A what!?!?! Are we talking money?" That really caught me off guard. And good heavens, they suggested a credit card. "A credit card? Are you serious?" Ye olde Amex was what they were seeking. Prior to that I'd never heard mention of credit cards at at any of the London shops I patronized. I found myself thinking "It's the beginning of the end of the old ways." Well, what I considered to be the old ways ... I'm sure there were other old ways before my time.

Speaking of the old ways ... the new avatar is a photo of me on my 50th ... about 21 years back. The shirt is neither bespoke ... nor is it western. It's not even Charvet.
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I pay mine, but the tailor, shirtmaker, and cordwainer all used to be very easy about it. Anderson & Sheppard never even mentioned money until I'd taken delivery and they'd present me with a beautifully handwritten invoice by mail. I still have a few around here somewhere. I'd get home and send a check ... all in good time. Then around the early 90's I paid a visit to Dege. They wanted a hefty deposit. "A what!?!?! Are we talking money?" That really caught me off guard. And good heavens, they suggested a credit card. "A credit card? Are you serious?" Ye olde Amex was what they were seeking. Prior to that I'd never heard mention of credit cards at at any of the London shops I patronized. I found myself thinking "It's the beginning of the end of the old ways." Well, what I considered to be the old ways ... I'm sure there were other old ways before my time.

Speaking of the old ways ... the new avatar is a photo of me on my 50th ... about 21 years back. The shirt is neither bespoke ... nor is it western. It's not even Charvet.
Edwin at Steed once told me that, when he first arrived at Anderson & Sheppard, the bottom floor had racks and racks of unclaimed bespoke clothes. At one point, the pound and dollar had parity, and customers would just phone up orders, sometimes stopping by the London store on a visit and order clothes. Orders were placed without deposits, and when the clothes were finished, people simply didn't collect because they had either forgotten about them or changed their minds. There was no loss to the customer because they ordered on a whim and had never paid a deposit.

Over the years, this happened so often, a significant portion of the bottom floor was filled with just unpaid-for bespoke clothes.
 

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Didn’t David Reeves post something about his first job at whatever firm was collecting receivable…
 

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Salvo is so casual about collecting payment that it makes me uncomfortable. I am at a loss as to the correct etiquette.
 

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Edwin at Steed once told me that, when he first arrived at Anderson & Sheppard, the bottom floor had racks and racks of unclaimed bespoke clothes. At one point, the pound and dollar had parity, and customers would just phone up orders, sometimes stopping by the London store on a visit and order clothes. Orders were placed without deposits, and when the clothes were finished, people simply didn't collect because they had either forgotten about them or changed their minds. There was no loss to the customer because they ordered on a whim and had never paid a deposit.

Over the years, this happened so often, a significant portion of the bottom floor was filled with just unpaid-for bespoke clothes.
I didn't pick up something from a tailor once, but that was because of a disagreement over whether I had paid for all my previous purchases (I had, but they claimed I hadn't - and I couldn't prove it because my bank would not provide credit card statements far enough back). I wasn't going to pay double for something, so I just left it. In terms of value, I lost the fabric (which was mine) but that was all. But I really wanted that suit...
 

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in the good old days you didn’t give a deposit, just provide a reference of another shop you were a client of so they could call to check you were a decent sort. There was a client who was a great orderer, came in heavy one day with like 50 pairs requested. Unfortunately he lost his money soon after and no one knew until after they were made. Deposits were a requirement after that
 

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in the good old days you didn’t give a deposit, just provide a reference of another shop you were a client of so they could call to check you were a decent sort.
If that happened to me, I would refer him to one of my competitors and say he's good for big orders upwards of 50 pairs.
 

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in the good old days you didn’t give a deposit, just provide a reference of another shop you were a client of so they could call to check you were a decent sort. There was a client who was a great orderer, came in heavy one day with like 50 pairs requested. Unfortunately he lost his money soon after and no one knew until after they were made. Deposits were a requirement after that
that is quite some number...
 

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