Is Purchasing Bespoke Tailoring Expensive?
Let’s look at this myth in more detail.
There are many misconceptions around bespoke tailoring, and I don’t think that many people in the industry do much to help the case. Some tailors simply have a “From” pricing system, where they’ll try their best to help you by saying “Well, we start FROM £X, but it can be as much as £2000 to £3000 depending on the options you choose”. Sure, it’s a meticulous process and us tailors need to know what work is involved in order to quote accurately, but then there are the ones who like to throw out a figure and see if it sticks. One in particular plumps for the start-low-and-charge-for-all-details pricing strategy, which means that on first look, it’s a fantastic deal, but by the end of the process, you’ve spent an additional couple of hundred pounds on surcharges and small details like buttonhole stitching, vents, lapels or even on the cloth itself. Having worked in this business for 15 years, I’ve seen many pricing structures and strategies, and I’ve looked at them from many perspectives in order to find out just how Roseberry Tailoring can strike the right chord with our pricing structure. With that being the case, we decided upon the fixed price model, where, no matter the difference in cloth price within each range, there’s a blanket price for the category. We carry 3 ranges at present, and within each range, we have plenty of cloth options to choose from. Some of them cost us more than others, but on the whole, we’ve grouped them together as best we can. There are only a few circumstances where we would be unable to avoid a surcharge, one of those being our range of premium linings, which incur a surcharge. As does express delivery, and some truly unique pattern work, but we do discuss all of this in advance of commencing an order.
Our Purple Label suits start at just £850 for a bespoke 2 piece suit. That’s incredible value at just £2.32 per day (over the course of a year). Less than your morning coffee on the way to work. To upgrade to a 3 piece, or add spare trousers, the difference would only be 82 pence more. Our Purple label was named after we took delivery of our striking cloth books. Originally, this was to be our Red Label, paying homage to the great red giant of Queensferry – The Forth Rail Bridge. Our cloth books arrived covered in a gorgeous Purple that we simply couldn’t ignore. Over 500 cloth options are available in this category, all of which are composed of natural fibres.
Roseberry Tailoring was in the process of being established just as the new Queensferry Crossing was being built. We took our “Gold Label” from the colour of the towers which form the main structure of the bridge. Our Gold Label suits begin at £1200, which is equivalent to just £3.28 per day. One cup of coffee less and you could be enjoying the luxury look and feel of a 100% lambswool suit from W.Bill 1663, or the beautiful fine threads of Vitale Barberis Canonico. Holland & Sherry also feature in this label and the range of material here is vast. We have over 1000 cloth options available in this range with other brands such as Bateman Ogden, Huddersfield and Porter & Harding included. If you were to upgrade your outfit to a 3 piece, or add spare trousers, you’d be in for a difference of just £1.15.
As mentioned above, we draw our inspiration from our local surroundings. The cables which complete the structure of the new Queensferry Crossing have a lovely platinum hue as they blend in with the skyline in the distance. Just looking at them was very thought provoking. Those cables remind me very much of the fibres that make up your suit cloth. For a construction such as the new bridge, only the strongest will do the job and flaws can’t be accepted. This is the same principle as our Platinum Label, where you’ll find only the best cloth mills such as Dormeuil, Holland & Sherry, Loro Piana and Fox Flannels. Just £4.10 per day will ensure you are wearing the best bespoke tailoring that money can buy and we might even save you a few pounds as you ditch the junk food in order to keep in shape. After all, you dare not grow out of your fine bespoke Italian cloth hand tailored suit. You can enjoy a bespoke 3 piece, or spare pair of trousers in this range for just £1.43 more.
Let me also tell you that, when you buy from an “off the peg” retailer, you’re not buying something that fits to you. You’re buying something that YOU have to fit INTO. There are pressure points at the armholes, crotch and thighs and sometimes the shoulders. It can cause a multitude of issues with the longevity of your garments if they’re not fitted correctly. This can cause misshaping of the cloth, distortion of the hang and, in general, will cause your suit to wear through quicker. In turn, this will mean that you need to replace it quicker too. Bespoke is actually excellent value for money when you consider that your suits will, on average, last longer than anything bought “off the peg. It’s also something that you have an amazing level of input into. Something you can design for yourself and something that will fit you, and only you. Wouldn’t it be a shame to hold one of the many misconceptions about bespoke tailoring? Isn’t it time you thought about talking to your tailor?