Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday (sales), Christmas and more moans.

November is traditionally our quiet time.  Wedding season runs all year for us, however we do less weddings in November. We try to make the most of this time.  We have photo-shoots, refits, we paint, we clean, we make everything look shiny and new.  Towards the end of November there is not so much to do.   Like everyone else we start thinking about Christmas, we put in some nice Christmas displays and make the shop all Christmassy and generally get ready for the festive season.

But what's this?  Retailers now have to slash their prices for one day only?  'Black Friday'  

I'm sorry but no.  Nope, nada.  We will not being doing that here.  And this is why.

The run up to Christmas should not be about how much money we can spend, how much stuff we can accumulate.  In my opinion Christmas should be about spending real quality time with those you love.  Yes you may buy gifts, but hey don't feel obliged!

The media tells us this is nonsense, we are bombarded with 24 hours of adverts, telling us what we should buy, how much we should buy and why we should buy it.   Non-sensical perfume adverts, gluttonous frozen foods and sickly alcohol adverts start in November.  TV programmes advising on what we should wear for Christmas, how we should cut our hair, how we should think, but most importantly on what we should buy!  Buy, spend, buy spend.

Sure if you want a break from all this expenditure you can hide until after Christmas.  Nope.  No you can't.  Here is the footage on the news of the housewife who left her family to fend for themselves over Christmas so she could stand (camp) in a line for two days, just to be first in line for the DFS Boxing day sale.

You get the idea.  Consumerism is out of hand.  'Black Friday' is just another example of the rampant disease that is in real danger of sucking any goodness from what should be a lovely time of year.

I know what you are thinking, this guy works in retail, surely he knows about margins, seasonal purchasing and all the other fluff retailers should know?    Well yes I do.  And I don't care.  Yes I could have a sale.  Yes I could take some extra money over Christmas.  In the short term this would seem great but Jack Bunneys is different.  We don't have to have a sale and we would rather not take extra money over the Christmas period, instead we will use this time to meet new clients for next year, we will clean, tidy, reorganise but most importantly we will spend (real-quality-time) time with our families.



Monday, 10 November 2014

2015 Wedding Suit Fashion - What Will Happen!

Earlier today I wrote a blog post about what I would like to see happen in Wedding Suit Fashion throughout 2015.  Here it is: Click 

However we all know what I would 'Like' to see and what actually 'Will'  happen are two very different things!

There are a few things that I am 100% convinced will be massively popular throughout 2015:


1.  Tweeds/Checks/Country



The whole country check and tweed suit thing will continue and grow throughout 2015.

Bespoke/Hire from Jack Bunneys



2.  Blue, Blue & More Blue


Blue is by far the most popular colour and this is going to continue throughout 2015.

Blue Wedding Suits from Jack Bunneys


3. Slim & Slimmer


Slim fit will continue.  Slim is becoming the usual and slimmer will be the new slim. (makes sense)

Slim Fitting Wedding Suits Jack Bunneys


4.  It's all about the Groom!


The groom wearing a different suit and being unique has been our preferred set-up for some years but I think this will become the usual in 2015.

Bespoke/Hire from Jack Bunneys


5. Collar Bars!


Everyone loves collar bars!  2014 saw a surge in collar bar sales and this can only continue to grow throughout 2015.
Collar Bar from Jack Bunneys


6.  Coloured shirts!


Why are wedding shirts always white?  Or do they have to be? in 2015 you will see less white and more colours.

Coloured Shirt Jack Bunneys


7.  The Waistcoat is back!


The biggest and most important trend for 2015 will be the waistcoat.  Over the last few years we have seen the decline and virtual extinction of the 'Wedding Waistcoat' but it is now time for it come back and it will be back bigger than ever!    Woollen waistcoats in flannels, tweeds, checks, tattersalls and doeskins.  Single breasted button 4 or 5, horseshoe, double breasted, double breasted horseshoe, with lapels and without!  All sorts of contrasting waistcoats worn by the groom!
I predict that by the end of 2015 the wedding waistcoat will be back!







Woollen Wedding Waistcoat

Tweed Country Wedding waistcoat




2015 - Wedding Suit Fashion; what I would like to see happen!

Every year I like to make predictions about what I think will happen the next year in regards to 'Wedding Suits'    Most years I am mostly correct in my predictions,  last year I think I was 100% correct!
 In fact I think the fact that I posted the prediction in August 2013 by no means influenced why those things were so popular throughout 2014!   That post was one of the most popular blog posts I have ever done, it was read by literally 1000's of people!

Men's Wedding Fashion Trends - What Will Happen 2014 



I will write another post just like that one, where I predict what will happen. And I will probably by quite close to 100% correct again .. however!  I also wrote another blog post.  This post was about what I would 'Like' to see happen in 2014.


Men's Wedding Fashion Trends - What I would 'LIKE' to see happen in 2014

That post was not as popular!  But covered some great trends and some of those trends although not mainstream were certainly very popular throughout 2014.



So todays post is about what I would 'LIKE' to see happen in wedding suit fashions for 2015.  Not what I think will happen but rather what would happen if the whole world agreed with me!


No 1:


Flannel, Flannel and more Flannel.    

Tweeds are nice, mohairs are lovely but what about Flannel for a wedding suit?  Never considered it, then now is the time!  Flannel cloths do not have to be heavy or low quality, beautiful lightweight flannels give the comfort of a superfine wool and a quintessentially English country look.

Blue  Flannel 


No 2:


Patterned Waistcoats!


What!!!!!! patterned waistcoats are you sure?  Well yes actually but not those swirly polyester things, but what about a prince of wales check or fine tweed?  Contrast waistcoats give you a definitive wedding look but you do not have to have an ivory one!  Try flannels, checks, tweeds, tattersalls or doeskins.

Check waistcoats


No 3:


Colour!!!    


Ok so blue is really popular, it has been for years now!  But please can we all just try some other colours which are not black, blue or grey!   Just try brown, give it a go.  It can look great!  What about Burgundy?  sounds horrible, looks amazing!

brown wedding suit


Burgundy wedding suit





No 4:


Bow-Ties (again)


I say this every year!  But this year I am adding a caveat to my prediction, please please let bow-ties be popular but please please for the love of all things that can dress themselves learn to tie your bow! A ready-tied bow looks like a ready-tied bow.  This is fine if you are 8 years old, if you are 25 you look a little silly.  

Bow Tie wedding suit


No 5:


Individualism!  


I would love to see (more than everything else I have stated) each and every customer dressed completely uniquely and perfectly 100% happy in their choice.  That is my ideal.  If that ever happens I will retire and leave this business forever because there would be nothing left to do! 

I would love for every groom to know exactly what he wants, to have done his research, to know about cloths and styles.  To be 100% happy that he has made an exact choice and it is as unique to him as his own DNA.   




So that is what i would like to see happen in 2015!  What will happen?  Well I have a very good idea. Blog post to follow shortly.

Bespoke Wedding Suit


Thursday, 30 October 2014

An Interview with myself and 2015 announcements.

On the back of this mornings announcement, I have decided to blog a little about the things which are happening here at JB for 2015.

Q: What was this mornings announcement?


A: Well if you missed it, I announced to the world via social media that Jack Bunneys and Holland & Sherry have collaborated to create Jack Bunneys new wedding waistcoat hire range.

Q: Is this important? 


A: It is for me!  & I guess for those people looking for the very best products to hire for their wedding.  Holland & Sherry of Saville Row create the finest fabrics in the world and it is an honour to stock a fabric with such a heritage.  As far as I am aware we are the first hire company in the world too use fabric of this quality for a 'Hire' range.

Q: So you have a new wedding hire waistcoat range for 2015, anything else?


A: Yes actually.  We also have a new wedding hire suit for 2015.  This is using some of the best fabric in the world also.  It will be slim-fit, stylish with a hint of vintage and undeniably English by design.

Q: A new suit range, that is also big news!   When was you going to tell the world?


A: Now!  Well ... I kind of have already, it has been our intention to launch this range for a very long time.  It has been a long time in the planning! very long.

Q: When can we see these new products for 2015?


A: At the minute I am keeping them under-wraps.  You can view them in store.  You might catch the occasional glimpse on Twitter or Instagram, but the actual professional pictures will be shown when we launch the new products for 2015, 1st of January 2015.

Q: There is a whole list of stuff JB is not doing for 2015,  what are they? And why are you not doing them. 


A: There are some things that we are going to sacrifice from our business in favour of promoting and growing the things we hope our clients actually want!   1: Cravats; we no longer have a call for hiring cravats, we very rarely get asked for them and they do not compliment our designs.  They will always be available to buy just not for hire.  2: Ivory/Patterned Waistcoats: The vast majority of our wedding waistcoats will no longer be offered for hire in 2015. We have a large collection of woollen, tweed, cloth and fabric waistcoats to hire in lots of different styles, just no ivory/patterned swirly waistcoats, again they do not match the styles of suits that will be offered in 2015 and we are no longer being asked for them.  3: Long Jackets (Edward suits):  The style of this coat is just no longer fashionable, they are big and not fitted, we no longer have any call for them and therefor will not continue to stock them.  4: Kids suits:  This one has been rumbling on for years.  Yes we did stock them for a long time and I am sorry that we no longer offer them.  However we have made the decisions to no longer offer children's suits in favour of concentrating all our efforts on the men.

Q:  Do you offer prom suit hire anymore?


A: No, well yes, but not really.  Clear?

Q: Not really. Care to elaborate?


A:  We no longer stock suits just for school proms like other shops.  We stock our wedding suits and our evening suits to hire.  The wedding suits will be all booked up through June & July and therefor will be unavailable to hire for proms. The dinner suit hire service we offer is available but is only available in the one classic black traditional dinner suit style.  It is a lovely suit and if anyone would like to hire it from a prom they are welcome.   So no & yes.

Q: I heard you are no longer doing wedding fairs or advertising in wedding magazines?


A: Yep.  We enjoyed our wedding fair excursions, however we found that in the end we were doing them for our benefit rather than the benefit of the business. We attended the shows with best intentions but we would invariably have a Fully Booked calendar for the next 6 months and have to turn away some custom.  This did not reflect well on the business (having to turn away customers), we also had a feeling that the format of 'Wedding Fayres/Fairs'  was not something that we wanted to be associated with anymore.  I personally was appalled at how aggressive sales staff can be at wedding shows,  on more than one occasion I have witnessed a bride in tears because of an overly aggressive sales person.  We thought it best for the business not to be associated with that kind of selling.

In regards to magazines; I have a policy of not advertising in print at all.  Not just wedding magazines but all print.  I personally believe the world is saturated with advertising, if you want to be seen and make an impression then do not advertise in print! There are so many other options, most of them more cost affective.

Q: And you are not even producing a print brochure?  


A:  I do not think we need one.  I realise that's a little revolutionary in our business but again I do not see the point in a print brochure.  The majority of my customers have a HD screen in their pocket when they come in to see us, why would they want a to look at print of a picture, when they can look at beautiful HD images right on their phone or tablet?   I would rather spend more money on our website, make the website more user friendly and give it more usability and more options.  But most importantly lots of great looking images that customers can view online or in store.  So no paper brochure but we have introduced an Augmented Reality business card!

Q: In 2014 you re-vamped the Worcester hire range and relaunched it. Are you doing that again in 2015?


A: We are going to update the Harrogate Range this year.  The Harrogate has been one of our most popular ranges of all time but it is time for some minor adjustments.  1: Slimmer Trousers, this is overdue for this range and as of January 2015 you will have the option of a slim fit (rather than tailored fit) trouser.  2: Larger sizes, this slim-fitting range has never been available above a 44 chest, however we are going to introduce a 46 and 48 for 2015.

Q: You can book online now?


A: Again yes & no!   You cannot make a booking online, however if a member of your wedding party cannot attend for a fitting (which we prefer) you can book a suit for them online (with a password).  This is part of the websites increase in usability for 2015. Click 

Q: I guess you are getting heavily booked for hire now? 


A: Yes we are, we are going to be Fully Booked for quite a few weekends for 2015 before the end of 2014.  So to keep everyone up to date we have created a page of the website which is update on a live basis, as we take the bookings.  This allows you to check the availability at any time.  This is part of the websites increase in usability.  Click 


Q: Any other new stuff happening?


A: Actually yes!  We have new "Bespoke/Hire" options being created and new made-to-measure samples being created too.  We also have new 'Made to Order' designs which will all be available to buy.   All of these will have to be seen before I explain them further but we should have the images before the end of 2014.

Thank you Marc

You're welcome Marc.

Marc from Jack Bunneys