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BUYERS' GUIDE

Buying in bulk

 

Let's assume that you've been asked to buy a set of regatta blazers on behalf of a club, association or society. Let's also assume that this will require the creation of an entirely new design in terms of stripe configuration and colour-ways.

     It's going to be a sort of hurdle race.

  Exceptions can be made but in very round figures, you will need to be thinking in terms of a minimum committment to 20 garments and ideally 30. This minimum is determined by the most practical runs of cloth at the mill.

   These can be drawn down over time but the up-front committment has to be made. You will also need to have a budget of something like £165 per garment plus delivery. Smaller production volumes can be considered (see Pricing Structure) but they are reflected in higher unit costs.

    If the first two hurdles are already knocked over then return the kitty to the lads and wish them good hunting.

   Then there is the cloth. Since England gave the world the regatta blazer in the middle of the 19th century, tradition has been everything. And that, like it or not, is exactly what you're buying into. Hence, the virtual obligation to use a traditional wool/cotton mixture.

   That said, polyester offers decided advantages in terms of price and, using the sublimation dye process, even one-off designs can be produced.  However, the only certainty about using polyester is that a couple of months down the line and you'll wish you hadn't.

   The very first time your guys rub shoulders with the traditionalists, you'll fervently wish you had gone the extra yard too.

   The fourth hurdle is continuity.

   It is highly likely that your club, association or society will still be around after five years; a lot longer than some of the manufacturing chancers on the circuit.

  Some of East European machinists might we have upped sticks and started picking potatoes in Norfolk. The Bangladeshi  sweat shop could well have burnt down and Thailand might be on its second regime change. You get the idea.

   So where will your garments be made? Insist on being told.

  Likewise, demand to know if all of the garments shown on a web site are actually made by that company. If pictures of garments appear in their "gallery" section, the inference is that they are availble to buy; why else have a shop window?

  Shockingly, there is at least one one gallery where the first five examples are not currently being made by the company at all; they can't be because it neither owns the cloth nor the copyright.

  The last hurdle is, perhaps, the easiest one; stripes alignment. The stripes should align at the collar/back panel, at the shoulder seam, at all three pockets and at the lapels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Ask to see evidence that this can be so.

  So; numbers, unit price, cloth, continuity, manufacturing location, proof of manufacture and alignment. Not the longest of checklists but enough to save a couple of red faces.

 

Buying in singles

 

Now the choice is limited to an "esoteric" or a "generic" blagatta already in production.

    "Esoteric" blagattas are illustrated in the "Picture Galleries" section. These are freely available in singles but you will have to satisfy the secretary of the particular club, association or society that you are a qualifying member. Purchases are normally routed through them.

   "Generic" blagattas are also illustrated in the "Picture Galleries" section. These, too, are freely available in singles direct from us.

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