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It seems like only yesterday that affordable tweed MTM vendor Bookster was bankrupt or closing shop or whatever.
They're back.
I might be interested in a tattersall vest, but that's about it.

People of Andyland are of mixed mind about whether to welcome back the prodigal son or to run from people that kept several people's money without ever delivering product (aka pulling a Gianni Cerutti).
 
Very strange indeed. As well, it seems to be "operated" by new people with "consulting" from the old owners.

The website does not look like it sells fabric as they did prior to the bankruptcy.
 
All I remember about Bookster was nyranger (forget his actual pseudonym) on the "other forum" selling his jackets. That Bookster?
 
Yup. Tweed-Jacket.com/Bookster. Did RTW & MTM tweed outfits. Popular on AAAC & SF.
 
Their prices seem much higher than those of the old Bookster. They seem to be aiming for a different market segment than the original firm of that name. This strikes me as strange and surprising, especially since the Bookster name has been tarnished by the failure of the original company. With that said, my own experience with the original company was positive: When an overcoat I ordered from them proved ill-fitting, they made me a completely new replacement garment that was very satisfactory. I'm sure they made no money off this deal, but they honorably stood behind their product.
 
I wonder if the new business model has dumped the fabric sale of fabric to reduce what they need stock to reduce overhead. I also wonder if the higher prices are to improve margins. Didn't they sub out the manufacturing?
 
I didn't really look at the prices much, as converting from pounds is so pesky. I do recall them being beloved by the frugal AAAC crowd, so they were presumably a good value.
I definitely get the sense that the old company was running way too close to the edge with their pricing (or their generous customer satisfaction policies) and, hence, they no longer exist.
Although one can always start with higher prices and dial them back if nobody bites. Raising prices tends to be met with resistance.
 
^Well, I noticed that their price for MTM for a two-piece suit from one of their "C" class fabrics was about $2,750. Presumably this includes VAT, so even with shipping, my price as an American would be somewhat lower. However, when I can get a suit made to my individual (and much refined) pattern from a good British fabric for appreciably less than that from W.W. Chan (even with the latter's price increases), the revived Bookster doesn't hold much appeal.
 
^Well, I noticed that their price for MTM for a two-piece suit from one of their "C" class fabrics was about $2,750.

You're right that the pricing on their website includes VAT, so the pricing for people outside the UK/EU will be 20% lower (plus shipping, of course, but if they use Royal Mail it should be quite reasonable.

Even though, those prices are pretty staggeringly high for what is a mail-order/online made-to-order business. I really don't think that they'll attract much business at those prices.
 
I was crunching the numbers too. Entry level custom jacket (not their by appointment MTM) with basic cloth is $ 1000 plus (sans VAT) Not the value that they once were
 
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Just for another comparison, I see their base price for an overcoat is L860, non MTM with their least expensive fabrics. This converts to $1,446. The equivalent overcoat I got from them about two years ago ran me about $600 (sans VAT but with shipping). Yes, the dollar is weaker against the GBP...but still.
 
I think their pricing plus the previous insolvency will work against them
 
The magical allure of MTM for the budding igent will guarantee some business, but less variety, higher cost, and dicey history is indeed a triple threat.
 
It seems like only yesterday that affordable tweed MTM vendor Bookster was bankrupt or closing shop or whatever.
They're back.
I might be interested in a tattersall vest, but that's about it.

People of Andyland are of mixed mind about whether to welcome back the prodigal son or to run from people that kept several people's money without ever delivering product (aka pulling a Gianni Cerutti).

I thought it might be helpful to make a contribution here. J Libourel kindly summed up Old Booksters ethics nicely in his contribution and that is intact.. A very small percentage of people did lose out unfortunately, it was not a scam and the owners of 'New Bookster' know the full and official details concerning the closure of the original business. The fact that they have retained the original name and employed myself and Michele should be considered in that context. They are not stupid or dishonorable people. They were the only people of those who talked to us about starting again who provided us with any opportunity to offer some kind of recompense to the few.
Most we have been in contact with personally were
a) Delighted we were genuinely back and
b) Pleased with the opportunity. Here is a response from one of them ( genuine)
'
Dear Mr. King,
My tweed jacket has arrived, and I just wanted to report back to you that everything is superb. The fit is right, the cloth is beautiful, the workmanship is exquisite.

When I order again, may I simply indicate that you have my jacket measurements on file? '


To address other points made here in regard to pricing.
Yes we are more expensive now, but as always we want to be as accessible as possible to anybody interested in our garments.
when we closed our least cost tweed jacket in a beautiful high quality British cloth was around £350, today it is £440.

But aside from price and general cost increases (cloth alone has increased on average by 20%) the most important difference is that our quality has risen significantly too, our consistency is much higher, our delivery times very reliable and our service continues to be extremely personal.

We and the new owners have gone to great lengths to ensure that none of the problems we suffered in the past will be repeated.
As well as the above we can now offer options that eluded us before, and details with our earlier garments we were not happy with and unable to remedy have been resolved. The path is now clear for myself and Michele to focus on what we do best, from firm foundations, with absolutely no dependency on a Bank to realise the potential Bookster always had.
We were never a booking agency for disparate tailors, we were the 'owners' of every piece, and that is still the case.
The range we have planned is inspiring to say the least and the number of 'old' customers that have returned and remained loyal to us is very gratifying indeed.In fact were that not the case we would have been less inclined to start again. Most of them do not participate in any forums.

To conclude:
We are still expert at remote fittings and advice
Entry level pricing is Made to Order with a wide range of cloth price options and more cloths including limited offers included, all cloths are available in whatever pricing category.
Custom Made to Measure is the next tier for those that prefer/need a more detailed fitting choice
Full hand crafted Bespoke is now available as well
Face to Face fittings are available in the UK in London or Leeds, in Canada Montreal and in the USA we visit New York, Washington and Chicago 3 times per year where you can also preview our Bespoke shirts not yet available on our site.
We still sell cloth by the metre, it was never surplus stock , you can choose any we feature and more
Please judge 'New Bookster' by the quality of our garments and service, not by the loss of 'Old Bookster' at the height of the crash, and if anybody reading this lost out, please contact me

Peter King
 
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:welcome: and:ThankYou: tweedville
I never meant to imply that there was anything illegitimate about old Bookster, the consensus seems to be that they were in a bit over their heads and not leaving ample margins.
I'll have to head over to the site but, given my asymmetric frame, I'm more interested in the fabrics alone. I'm not sure what this bespoke stuff is. Is this elborate MTM or something akin to the Luxire cloning measurements of a donor garment?
 
Are your orders made in-house now, or still contracted out to Bespoke Mears and others?
 
:welcome: and:ThankYou: tweedville
I never meant to imply that there was anything illegitimate about old Bookster, the consensus seems to be that they were in a bit over their heads and not leaving ample margins.
I'll have to head over to the site but, given my asymmetric frame, I'm more interested in the fabrics alone. I'm not sure what this bespoke stuff is. Is this elborate MTM or something akin to the Luxire cloning measurements of a donor garment?
Have a gander on the site, MTO is least cost with limited measurement options but heaps of optional inclusive features that formally we had to charge extra for,
Custom has a very wide range of adjustment options and coupled with our experience, by consulting with us you get a very personalised result. In all cases satisfaction is guaranteed. MTM and True Bespoke is only available from us Face to Face in any of the locations listed in my earlier post.

With 'Old Bookster' it was more than margins, we had addressed that, a lot of businesses in the UK in our position on a growth curve were affected badly by the crash, it changed things overnight, we didn't rely on our own business acumen, we received lot's of professional advice and help. I am surprised that more people have not acknowledged the 'crash' factor, it's not an excuse, it's a fact.


It's odd being employees, but the new owners with whom we get on really well ,have put us in a position to do all the nice things without any worries about the drier business side. 'you ain't seen nuthin yet'
Many thanks for the warm welcome.:hi:
 
Are your orders made in-house now, or still contracted out to Bespoke Mears and others?
We work directly with one tailoring business in which we are deeply involved with each order, none of the 'old Bookster' tailors are involved in any way, we were proud of our earlier garments of course, but our 'new' garments are far superior in quality and detail, we have refined our patterns and tweaked the designs for the better. This was not possible under the old regime despite our best efforts..
 

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