Why do full bespoke suiting services differ in price (e.g. saville row)?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dng992, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. dng992

    dng992 Senior member

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    Forgive me if this is a novice question.

    From a Uk perspective places like Cad and dandy, graham browne to name a few offer 'fully bespoke' services starting 1-1.5k. This involves basted fit, fully handwork, quality cloths from reputable mills.

    My question is how would a 3k-4k suit vary. I would imagine - Both places will stock a spectrum of high end cloth albeit a premium saville row place having the top of the top, both will take a full range of measurements and know how to, and both will have quality handwork.

    So is the only differential a premium paid for 1)reputation 2) pattern cutters expertise, prestige and location e.g. pattern actually cut on saville row.
     
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    usctrojans31 Senior member

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    It's not just the raw materials that go in to making something. It's the expertise of the people on the other side to turn those raw materials in to a unique product. Part of that expertise does derive from marketing and oftentimes a larger staff. More employees, more overhead, more margin necessary.

    Think of tailored clothing through a lens most people can better relate to: cars. There are people who work at Rolls Royce who are literally the only people in the world who can do what they do with a degree of accuracy. That skill costs money. That cost is passed on to the customer.

    Let's look at your question through that lens now. Why does a Rolls Royce cost more than an Aston Martin? Both offer good, handcrafted machines with the same components. They have the best leathers, best upholstery and the best performance.
     
  3. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    The bottom line is: it doesn't matter. If you want a Huntsman suit, you pay Hunstman's price. It's not about raw materials, location, craftsmanship (well, okay, maybe a bit). If you don't want to pay Huntsman prices, and you're okay with another choice, then make that choice.

    There is no point trying to analyze whether one brand/tailor/whatever is "worth" more than some other brand. If it's worth it to you, then you'll pay it. If it's not, them move along, nothing to see here.
     
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    Andy57 Senior member

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    Another way to look at it, perhaps, is as a form of demand management. If a Huntsman suit cost, say, $500, then everyone would be commissioning suits from them. They'd be overwhelmed. But at $5000 only those clients who really want a suit from Hunstman will pay the freight. Supply and demand.
     

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