Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Eustace Tilley, Jun 17, 2013.
I decided to set my own company up many years ago, designing and making bespoke-tailored garments and have built up a loyal customer base and a reputation for high quality craftsmanship.
False alarm, Eustace. It must be some other Master Tailor Darren Beaman.
^ He does talk about past issues, and annoying some 'influential people' online. The implication seems to be that he resolved these outstanding issues - has he?
Certainly not as far as I know. It really deserves to be quoted for posterity, though.
One thing I have learnt over the years is that the Internet can be a great for marketing and a powerful tool to build a client base and reputation. However, depending on the website owner’s or blogger’s intentions, it can also be incredibly damaging. The problem is that the Internet leaves a digital footprint and your history and mistakes can always be found somehow. This is a great lesson for all students and people who are new to entering the business world; be careful who you connect with and what advice you follow. I naively followed some bad business advice and upset some influential people, which ultimately resulted in some bad media coverage, and it still haunts me to this day.
Poor guy. He clearly got involved with some sort of sartorial Rasputin who convinced him that collecting a bunch of deposits and then refusing to respond to e-mails and phone calls would be a good business model.
I blame the bad intentions of all those website owners and bloggers, though. His problems are really just down to bad media coverage.
"Don’t, however, believe everything you read online or in the press. This was a very bad and dark experience for me, my family and business, and I learnt a lot from going through this. As the years have passed, I have been more careful with projects I have attached my name to, people I seek advice from and websites I work with. These issues have all been resolved and lessons learnt at great cost. One piece of advice I would give to all of your readers is always value and protect your name."
Righto, so we shouldn't believe that Mr Beaman took deposits from a number of customers and then simply failed to provide the garments that he had been paid to make, and also failed to respond to queries from those customers as to when the garments would be completed.
I'm sure that it was a dark time for him but he could have avoided it by either completing the work that he had been paid to do, or by being upfront with customers who had paid deposits, explaining to them that he was no longer able to complete the work, apologising profusely and refunding their deposits.
I hope that he has learnt a lot from going through that experience - I suspect that some people on SF learnt never to commission anything from Darren Beaman!
About two weeks ago I posted an update on Beaman's American counterpart,
the notorious Scott Hill:
MAN BITES DOG: SCOTT HILL SUES CUSTOMER
Location: Menlo Park, CA
This was widely commneted upon in SF at the time.
Edited by comrade - 6/1/13 at 2:27am
I am surprised that there is nothing on AAAC about the return of MTDB. Back in the day, I seem to recall that he generated even more angst over there than he did on SF.
That was when they had members
Every picture of every garment on that page, as far as my memory can tell, is from pre-2005.
In other news, Carlo Franco is still out there selling ties.
They should team up if they haven't done so.
As it happens, I can offer you a package deal. Paypal me just 29.95 in the currency of your choice and order a genuine MTDB suit and Carlo Franco tie! And you get the same great service dealing with me as you would get going directly to the manufacturer.
...I just found this thread, better to chime in later than never. These interviews of Keikari are never endorsements though some men -- Boyer, Flusser, Anton, Crompton -- are chosen for obvious merits. Beaman was chosen due to his notoriety and I specifically wanted to know what happened many years ago, when Will, among others, was left wanting.
So what did you find out? Did you press him on specifics?
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