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Private Libraries That Inspire
April 25, 2019 | WSJ | By Katy McLaughlin.

Difficult to build and maintain, these elaborate spaces contain the passions and obsessions of their owners. Libraries That Inspire -- These spectacular rooms house the owners’ collections of books, antiques, art and ephemera representing their unique, life-long passions and interests.

Forget the Dewey Decimal System: Entrepreneur and inventor Jay Walker’s 25,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts and objects are organized in his personal 3,600-square-foot library “randomly, by color and height,” he said. When he walks into his library, part of his Ridgefield, Conn., home, the room automatically “wakes up,” glowing with theatrical lighting, music and LED-lit glass panels lining various walkways. He finds items to peruse by a system of memory, chance, and inspiration, he said.

The Walker Library of the History of the Human Imagination is a dramatic example of the rarest of residential amenities: A vast, personal, custom-built repository of intellectual stimuli. In the age of the e-reader, it is a status symbol on par with wearing a Patek Philippe watch when the cellphone already tells the time. For wealthy homeowners, personal libraries provide both a quiet refuge from the world and a playground for their minds—as well as a solution to the challenge of warehousing books from which they cannot bear to part......To create enough shelf space and to counteract the visual heaviness of walls lined with books, private libraries may aim for two or more open stories......The private library is a classic example of a highly personal amenity that is expensive for the builder of a dream home to create and hard to recoup upon resale. .......the library has stimulated new ideas that have translated into an array of inventions and helped him make many new friends.

For some private library owners, especially those who aspire to world-class book collections, the serious expenditure isn’t in the physical structure, but in the contents. “It is not uncommon for collectors at this level to be spending in excess of $1 million a year” on books ......
antiques  antiquities  art  bespoke  books  collectibles  collectors  curation  design  high_net_worth  ideas  inspiration  insurance  Katy_McLaughlin  life_long_learning  personal_libraries  physical_place  owners  passions  shelf_space  status_symbols  uniqueness 
april 2019 by jerryking
The opportunities left behind when innovation shakes up old industries
November 28, 2018 | The Globe and Mail | GUY NICHOLSON.

early meetings and phone calls were casual conversations with a couple of landscape photographers who specialize in golf.

The very nature of their business had changed fundamentally...After the Internet disrupted print magazines and media, they recast themselves as digital marketers, selling online rights to images created with high-tech arrays of digital cameras, drones and processing software. But even while embracing technology to take their work to new artistic heights, there were dramatically fewer places left for golfers to come across this art in print......Had their little corner of publishing been so thoroughly disrupted and abandoned that it now had more demand than supply? .....Technological innovation can be extremely disruptive and painful – and in the digital era, capable of changing entire industries seemingly overnight. But when creative destruction puts good things in peril, slivers of opportunity can emerge. After the masses and the smart money have flocked to newer technologies, formerly ultra-competitive spaces can be left wide open for innovation – abandoned fields for small businesses, start-ups and niche players to occupy.

It helps to offer a level of quality or service the bigger players consider uneconomical. Look at the travel industry, which has been thoroughly remade under waves of innovation: cellphones, digital cameras, GPS, Google Maps. Between internet comparison shopping and Airbnb, travel agents could have gone the way of the traveller’s cheque. But in the wake of all that disruption, tiny bespoke agencies specializing in advice, unique experiences, complicated itineraries and group travel have re-emerged to offer services too niche for the big digital players.....Similar things are happening in industries such as gaming, where video games have cleared the way for board-game cafes, and vinyl music, which survived the onslaught of MP3s and streaming music on the strength of nostalgia, millennial fascination and sound quality. As the rest of the industry moved into digital, neighbourhood record stores and small manufacturers picked up the pieces, catering to an enthusiastic subset of music buyers.

“We were growing very rapidly, not because vinyl was growing, but because a lot of pressing plants were going out of business,” Ton Vermeulen, a Dutch DJ and artist manager who bought a former Sony record plant in 1998, told Toronto journalist David Sax in his 2016 book The Revenge of Analog. Vinyl is back in the mainstream, but its disruption cleared the field for smaller players.

Abandoned fields aren’t for everyone. Building a business around an off-trend service or product can be a tough slog (jck: hard work)for fledgling businesses and entrepreneurs, and risky. In the case of the golf photographers, two dozen artists signed up to create a high-end subscription magazine. It’s beautiful, but with two years of work riding on a four-week Kickstarter campaign, there’s no guarantee this particular field will prove to have been worth reclaiming.

Of course, risk has always been part of small business. But a market waiting to be served – that’s a precious thing. As long as there is disruption, it will create opportunities for small businesses to reoccupy abandoned fields
abandoned_fields  analog  bespoke  books  counterintuitive  creative_destruction  David_Sax  digital_artifacts  digital_cameras  disruption  hard_work  high-risk  high-touch  innovation  Kickstarter  new_businesses  niches  off-trends  opportunities  photography  print_journalism  small_business  start_ups  structural_decline  travel_agents 
december 2018 by jerryking
Visiting a Tailor in Hong Kong? Be Specific
OCT. 26, 2017 | The New York Times | By M.J. SMITH.

First, know what you want in the finished garment-- In detail.(e.g. if you want specific features — topstitching, a watch pocket in trousers or channels for shirt collar stays — you have to say so when you place the order). Another possibility: Bring a favorite garment to be copied. (And that’s what will be produced: an exact copy.).....Second, consider your travel schedule. Many tailors can, indeed, produce a suit overnight — or will measure you just before you dash to the airport train, then send the finished garment by express delivery. But having at least one fitting, and preferably two, will produce a much better result.........Fabric is a good indicator of price. A suit made from top-quality materials, which will pack with little wrinkling and keep its shape over time, is likely to cost from $1,500 to more than $3,000. Moderately priced fabrics will result in lower-priced garments. But, regardless of what someone on the internet says, a $300 suit that will fit perfectly, wear like a dream and last for decades is a fantasy.
Hong_Kong  suits  mens'_clothing  bespoke 
november 2017 by jerryking
Cribb: The fit of a custom made shirt is worth the price | Toronto Star
Rob Cribb Isle of Man Published on Thu Nov 11 2010

Made-to-measure, which is a bit cheaper and faster, applies your measurements to a standard pattern. With bespoke, Durrant creates a pattern from scratch based on your particulars.
“Made-to-measure is still custom and much better than off-the-rack,” he says, “but it’s not as precise as bespoke.”
mens'_clothing  bespoke  suits 
january 2015 by jerryking
A Toronto shop's tailor-made legacy, after 106 years
Jul. 04 2014 | The Globe and Mail | MARCUS GEE
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday,
legacies  bespoke  mens'_clothing  Marcus_Gee  suits 
july 2014 by jerryking
Apsley : Bespoke Tailors
PUNJAB HOUSE /APLSEY

Harry

5TH FLOOR, Suite C,
Golden Crown Court,
66-70 Nathan Road,
TST., Kowloon, Hong Kong.

T: +852,2366,7882
E: info@punjabhouse.com.hk
W: punjabhouse.com.hk
mens'_clothing  bespoke  Hong_Kong 
june 2014 by jerryking
How can an average dude ever afford a bespoke suit? | The Grid TO
OCT 3, 2012
FASHION
How can an average dude ever afford a bespoke suit?
Dapper gents across the city should know there’s a Hong Kong–based tailoring company that makes regular visits to Toronto.
BY: ROB DUFFY
affordability  bespoke  suits  Toronto  Hong_Kong 
may 2014 by jerryking
The economics of equity research: Analyse this
Sep 21st 2013 | | The Economist |

Check out also Bloomberg Magazine or FT for articles on the future of equity research.

Independent providers do not have an answer to every problem: making research on smaller firms profitable is a perennial issue. But they do offer radically different services from the banks’ unimaginative valuation models. Bespoke services are in demand. Hedge funds now use research dollars to pay for ground surveillance on the progress of mining or oil projects in Africa, in order to value them better. Others take to the sky. RS Metrics, a satellite-intelligence provider, has reported strong demand from the financial sector for its aerial-imaging services. Some funds even hire former intelligence agents, from firms like Business Intelligence Advisors, to test whether corporate bosses are massaging the truth in investor meetings.
equity_research  hedge_funds  bespoke  Evalueserve 
november 2013 by jerryking
Berluti_Paris
November 2013 | Report on Business Magazine |
shoes  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  Paris  France  travel  bespoke  handmade  LVMH 
october 2013 by jerryking
Harder, better, faster, stronger
January 2013 | Report on Business Magazine pg 55| ??

www.grovemade.com
iPhone  gift_ideas  bespoke 
december 2012 by jerryking
Maxwell's Clothiers Ltd.
www.maxwellclothiers.com

MAXWELUS CLOTHIERS CARE INSTRUCTIONS
All cotton shirts do shrink over time, the level of shrinkage is the direct result of how the shirts are cleaned and maintained.
To prolong the life ofyour shirts, please read the following for the proper care of your shirts:
When using commercial cleaners, if possible, request your cleaner to avoid using a high temperature press for the collars and cuffs on the shirts.
Use of dryer can cause extreme shrinkage.
Avoid using bleach, we highly recommend mild washing powder or detergent for home laundry.
Please carefully note washing instructions inside the garment.
MAXWELL'S CLOTIHERS is not responsible for any shrinkage damage or discoloration of garments resulting from negligence or improper care and handling by commercial cleaners or home laundry.
Thank you for your purchase of Custom Tailored Clothing by Maxwell’s Clorhiers. We visit your city every few months and a brochure with complete details will be mailed to you prior to our visits. Should you have any inquiries, please email us at : maxwell@maxwellsclothíers.com Thank you for your support and patronage.
MAXWELL'S CLOTHIERS COMPANY POLICY
Every care and attention has been put into the workmanship of your custom-tailored garment by Clothiers, exclusively for your wear. Material used in your garments have been carefully examined and tested. All garments are also throughly inspected prior to packaging and shipping.
Maxwe|I's Clothiers is not responsible for any shrinkage, damage. or discoloration of garments resulting from negligence or improper care and handling by commercial cleaners or home laundry.
Any discrepancies must be addressed ro:
MAXWELL'S CLOTHlERS. HONG KONG WITHIN 15 DAYS of receipt of garments by email, fax or letter. Complaints will not be entertained thereafter. No refunds on custom tailored clothing. Orders cancelled will be subject to a cancellation fee. For re-ordering, customers may place the orders online thru our website or by emailing us. For more information, kindly refer to our website indicated below.
mens'_clothing  bespoke  instructions  Hong_Kong  dry-cleaning_industry  cotton  suits 
december 2012 by jerryking
How to become a plutocrat
Sept. 27 2012 | - The Globe and Mail | Chrystia Freeland.

Providing services to the plutocrats is one way to join them. But an even more powerful driver of 21st-century superstar economics is the way that globalization and technology have allowed some top-tier types to achieve global scale and earn the commensurate global fortunes. This is the effect that Sherwin Rosen, who invented the theory of the economics of superstars back in 1981, was most interested in, and it is both the most visible and the easiest to understand. These superstars are the direct beneficiaries of the twin gilded ages.
Chrystia_Freeland  high_net_worth  globalization  moguls  bespoke  luxury  craftsmanship  winner-take-all  plutocrats  superstars  increasing_returns_to_scale  21st._century  top-tier 
september 2012 by jerryking
Ways to make excellence pay
October 17, 2007 | FT | By Alicia Clegg.

Bruce Hodgson, founder of Artichoke, a company that designs and makes bespoke fitted furniture for the very rich, has little ambition to be the biggest brand in his sector – but he would like to be the best. The same can be said of perfumer Linda Pilkington, creator of Ormonde Jayne, and Sean Dixon and Richard James, co-founders of Richard James, a Savile Row tailoring business whose turnover (something in “excess of £7m [$14.2m, €10m]”) is less stellar than its reputation and celebrity-gilded client base might suggest.

Serving the super-wealthy has never been the preserve of brands with super-sized sales. Quite the reverse. What the super-rich long for are not luxury labels but one-off, superbly crafted goods. Serving such customers allows talented artisans to work at the pinnacle of their craft. With this opportunity, however, comes a challenge: finding a business model that rewards exceptional skill.....The business model emboldening Mr Hodgson to raise his commercial sights grew from a partnership, in 1998, with the late David Telling, founder of the entrepreneurial business services company Mitie Group. Invited to pitch for a contract to make a boardroom table, Mr Hodgson produced a quote that Mr Telling dismissed as "too expensive". Something must have impressed him, however, as he personally invested £70,000 in Artichoke, donated land for a bigger workshop and became chairman.

Under Mr Telling'sstringent tutelage, Mr Hodgson swapped hand-to-mouth bookkeeping for management accounting. Artichoke learnt to break down the cost of complex projects and value work in pro-gress to a far higher degree of accuracy than most artisan businesses. Once certain of the numbers, Mr Hodgson developed a "contractually rigid approach" to payment. This gave him the confidence to tackle complicated proj-ects, in which deviations from the customer's original specifications can leave small contractors facing big losses.
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  bespoke  brands  business_models  craftsmanship  furniture  high_net_worth  Savile_Row  mens'_clothing  fragrances  luxury  management_accounting  hand-to-mouth  one-of-a-kind  professionalization 
may 2012 by jerryking
Companies like M&M, Wipro, KPMG, Mercer dangle custom-made perks to retain talent [Jobs] - ProQuest
Companies like M&M, Wipro, KPMG, Mercer dangle custom-made perks to retain talent [Jobs]
Sengupta, Devina. The Economic Times (Online) [New Delhi] 05 Oct 2011
perks  bespoke  KPMG 
december 2011 by jerryking
The sorceror apprentices; Britain's ancient building skills were dying. But now a new breed of craftspeople is conjuring them back to life
Author(s): Emma Jacobs
Source: The Financial Times. (Feb. 12, 2011): News: p1.

According to "Traditional Building Craft Skills", a 2008 study backed by ConstructionSkills, an industry-financed skills council, and English Heritage, the future of pre-1919 buildings in England, of which there are 5m, could be at risk as most of the workforce undertaking repair work does not possess all the skills required to do the job properly.

The report found that "over two-thirds of the work, of which 67 per cent is for private home-owners, is being carried out by those without the right skills and materials. This is detrimental to the buildings and stores up future problems and unnecessary extra cost to rectify." It discovered that of the 500,000 professionals working in the UK, only 507 are building conservation- accredited.
skilled_trades  United_Kingdom  Freshbooks  statistics  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  bespoke 
december 2011 by jerryking
Two for the show
Nov. 21, 2006 | Report on [Small] Business Magazine | JIM SUTHERLAND
trade_shows  bespoke  furniture 
december 2011 by jerryking
Graydon Carter | 20 Odd Questions - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 26, 2011 |WSJ | By EDWARD HELMORE

Graydon Carter
The Vanity Fair editor on his new book about tailor Anderson & Sheppard, why going sockless has to stop and what clothing makes the man

By EDWARD HELMORE
mens'_clothing  bespoke  stylish 
november 2011 by jerryking
Cut from a different cloth
Cut from a different cloth

By Mansel Fletcher, editor at Mr Porter at FT.com
mens'_clothing  e-commerce  bespoke  personalization 
september 2011 by jerryking
A Review of Services That Make Custom-Made Jeans - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | | By ALINA DIZIK. Ordering Jeans Straight, With a Touch of Stretch
bespoke  blue_jeans  mens'_clothing 
november 2010 by jerryking
American Dream is Changing | Nye - Gateway to Nevada's Rurals
Oct. 31, 2010 | Nye Gateway | by Fareed Zakaria. What can
you do to make yourself thrive in this new global economy? (1) Be
unique. Try to do something that is a specialized craft or art,
something that is as much art as craft, something that feels more like
artisanship than routine work, things that are custom & custom-made
still survive. (2) Go local. Do something that can’t be outsourced,
jobs involving personal face-to-face contact will never go to India. (3)
Be indispensable. Can everyone become indispensable? Well, no, but if
you learn a difficult craft and are good at it, if you can collaborate
well, synthesize well, put things together, work with others and work
well across countries and cultures, you will have a leg-up. (4) Learn a
foreign language (e.g. Spanish or Mandarin or Hindi). (5) Excel at
mathematics, able to manipulate data, algorithms, symbols, graphs,
balance sheets and all of these skills are the essential skills for a
knowledge-based economy.
Fareed_Zakaria  21st._century  ksfs  indispensable  specialization  local  languages  mathematics  organizing_data  advice  new_graduates  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  bespoke  quantitative  global_economy  digital_economy  knowledge_economy  the_American_dream  in-person  face2face  uniqueness 
october 2010 by jerryking
Well-off investors a determined lot
Oct. 06, 2010 The Globe and Mail MARLENE HABIB. pegging the
personality of each client isn’t straightforward, notes Hamish Angus,
managing director of ScotiaMcLeod.

“If you put four HNW clients in a room, you will get four different sets
of needs. The key is to provide highly personalized and tailored advice
with a collaborative approach, to bring together a team of financial
experts at the table with the clients’ other professional advisers, such
as tax accountants and lawyers, to provide creative and customized
solutions on an ongoing basis and give clients alternative solutions.”
bespoke  financial_advisors  generating_strategic_options  high_net_worth  investment_advice  investors  personalization  wealth_management 
october 2010 by jerryking
The library you never imagined
Oct 9, 2010 | The Globe & Mail. pg. M.7 | Heidi Sopinka.
"Over the last few years we've been dreaming of services you can't get
online," says Type co-owner Samara Walbohm. "One thing that stuck was
hearing people walk into the store saying, 'Oh my god, this is a
combination of my dream library and the library I already have.'"

Enlisting the curatorial skill of cult author and bookseller Derek
McCormack, Type is now offering the best of both. For a negotiated fee,
they will build a bespoke library, taking everything from distribution
obscurity to bookshelf measurements - not to mention your existing
collection - into consideration. So what does it say about the person
who has hired another person to curate their library?

"Books are aspirational," Mr. McCormack says. "They're not just who you
are but what you want to be."

Curating anything from books with purple spines to a library in
mid-century modern design, Mr. McCormack says he has yet to have any
cringe-worthy commissions.
ProQuest  personal_libraries  bespoke  books  curation  aspirations 
october 2010 by jerryking
Prototype - At Start-Ups, Media Exposure Can Be, Well, Overwhelming - NYTimes.com
October 2, 2010 | New York Times | By AMY WALLACE. Chocomize, a
Web-based company that lets its customers create their own chocolate
bars from more than 100 ingredients. Its Web site opened for business
late last year; then, in June, the company was briefly noted in O, the
Oprah Magazine. The mention was tiny — just 36 words in a wee stripe on
the bottom of a page. Nevertheless, things went haywire.
start_ups  chocolate  personalization  customization  bespoke  publicity  Oprah_Winfrey 
october 2010 by jerryking
Rogue Tailor Needles Savile Row, Gets Himself a (Law)Suit - WSJ.com
AUGUST 9, 2010 | WSJ | By SARA SCHAEFER MUñOZ. His Fancy Pants Aren't 'Bespoke' Enough for Some—Plus, He Blogs
bespoke  mens'_clothing  luxury  London 
august 2010 by jerryking
Finding New Life (and Profit) in Doomed Trees - NYTimes.com
Aug. 7, 2010 | NYT | By LAWRENCE W. CHEEK. Seth Meyer and
John Wells harvest local urban trees doomed by development, disease or
storm damage, and turn them into custom furniture, each piece a distinct
botanical narrative. Their business, started 4 yrs. ago, bears all the
markers that would seem to point toward collapse and extinction in a
recessionary economy: founded on idealism and emotion & riddled with
huge and unavoidable inefficiencies. And it tenders a high-end product
that asks buyers to take risks and have faith. Yet the company, Meyer
Wells, has thrived. It’s been profitable from the start with rev.
growing annually; $850 K last yr. and tracking to top $1 M this yr.
There are now 9 employees, and the furniture commissions have blown well
beyond suburban kitchens to high-visibility clients (e.g. Starbucks,
the Univ. of Washington). ...Green bus. fail for the same reasons others
do: racing too far ahead of the mkt. or failing to control costs.
bespoke  furniture  green  small_business  authenticity  sustainability  lumber  timber  craftsmanship  design  wood_products 
august 2010 by jerryking
Prototype - Putting Customers in Charge of Designing Shirts - NYTimes.com
May 14, 2010 | New York Times | By AMY WALLACE. Fan Bi is the
22-year-old chief executive of Blank Label. Mr. Bi and his three
partners — ages 19, 22 and 30 — have joined a small but growing
co-creation movement that uses the Internet to let consumers have a hand
in making the products they buy. Web ventures have already popped up
that allow shoppers to customize granola (MeAndGoji.com), jewelry
(gemvara.com), chocolate (CreateMyChocolate.com), handbags
(LaudiVidni.com) and clothing for girls ages 6 to 12
(FashionPlaytes.com). There are also online competitors selling
design-your-own shirts, while Brooks Brothers is one major retailer that
offers the service on its Web site.
mens'_clothing  customization  bespoke  e-commerce 
may 2010 by jerryking
Custom-tailored for clothing success - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 31, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Sharda Prashad. The
best strategy for a new business is to focus on building its own
business, he said; eventually, when the dominant player takes notices,
it's because the new entrant is a success. Shirtpal developed an online
strategy to differentiate itself from the competition, where customers
can custom-order clothing from the site, in addition to attending live
purchasing events. (Although Maxwell's has a website, Mr. Maxwell
himself acknowledges it's not as sophisticated as it could be.) Shirtpal
invested in its site with help from grants from the Singapore
government, where a third partner, 28-year-old Ash Singh, now lives.
Online sales represent 65 per cent of total Shirtpal orders.
Ivey  mens'_clothing  Shirtpal  e-commerce  market_entry  bespoke  apparel 
april 2010 by jerryking
Bottega Veneta’s Handcrafted Empire | Departures
September 2009 issue
Bottega Veneta’s Handcrafted Empire
The creation of a Bottega mirror begins as one group of artisans weaves
the intrecciato leather pattern; another crafts the wooden frame by
hand.

Courtesy Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta famously calls itself the brand to buy “when your own
initials are enough.” But Italian artisans have their names on every
piece.

By Stellene Volandes
craftsmanship  bespoke  luxury  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  Italian  handmade 
january 2010 by jerryking
Personalized Weather Forecasts
December 12, 2006 | Technology Review | By Duncan Graham-Rowe.
An IBM supercomputer forecasts weather down to a one-kilometer
resolution.
weather  massive_data_sets  IBM  bespoke  personalization  hyperlocal  microtargeting 
january 2010 by jerryking
Pinpoint Weather
June 2003 | Technology Review | by David H. Freedman. Cheap
computer power and high-tech observation systems mean precise forecasts,
offering consumers personalized reports and saving weather-sensitive
businesses millions.
weather  bespoke  personalization  David_Freedman  hyperlocal  microtargeting 
january 2010 by jerryking
On Web, Workshops to Create One-of-a-Kind Gifts
December 22, 2009 | New York Times | By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER. A
host of Web sites with names like Zazzle, Blurb and TasteBook are
helping people quickly create one-of-a-kind products like clothing,
books and jewelry. Customers love it, and the customization sites are
reporting sizzling sales growth.
artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  DIY  bespoke  Claire_Cain_Miller  one-of-a-kind 
december 2009 by jerryking
WSJ. Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2009
December 3, 2009 | WSJ. Magazine | by Katherine Rosman |
Photographs by Christopher Griffith. As we prepare to enter the next
decade, we are witnessing the re-emergence of the artisan. Artisan
stands for quality....An artisan’s expertise exists even in absence
of—or despite—market demand for it. The value of this is particularly
relevant in a recessed economy where intellectual talents are suddenly
expendable. A handcrafted good is also an antidote to the formulaic.
Decisions must be made on the spot. Judgment is required. (DIY Perfume
as a gift idea??).
gift_ideas  bespoke  Etsy  artisan_hobbies_&_crafts  handmade 
december 2009 by jerryking
Made-to-Measure Mens Suits
December 3, 2009 | WSJ. Magazine | by Max Vadukul (photographs) | Styling by David Farber
mens'_clothing  bespoke  suits 
december 2009 by jerryking
Introduction: Customer Focus - HBR.org
May 2007 | HBR | Customers are the real employer—the people
who fund our paychecks, the only guarantors of our jobs. Because the
customer’s power is very real, the dynamics of business drive everything
toward commoditization. As surely as springtime melts snowbanks,
markets erode profits. A company can respond to melting margins in one
of four ways. It can surrender, giving up differentiation and competing
on efficiency and cost. It can consolidate power by buying its rivals,
figuring that the biggest snowbanks survive longest. It can innovate,
leaving behind the commoditized old and making money from that which is
still fresh and profitable. Or it can differentiate not just its
offerings but its approach to customers as well: It can cleverly define
segments of customers and sell only to those for whom it can create
especially valuable offerings or work with individual customers to
combine its products and services into unique packages, often described
as “solutions.”
HBR  customer_focus  commoditization  customer_centricity  consolidation  innovation  differentiation  bespoke  personalization  customer_segmentation  value_propositions  solutions  solution-finders  packagers 
october 2009 by jerryking
A tale of the tape
Jan 2008 | Report on Business Magazine pg. 18 | by Mark
Schatzker. Article compares Maxwell's Clothiers with a Toronto-based tailor, Walter Beauchamp.

When it comes to men's business suits, there's bespoke and bespoke. For over 25 years, Ken Maxwell has been travelling the world, taking men's measurements and sending the specs back to his workshop in Hong Kong. A month or two later, the hand-stitched results are shipped back to clients. How does Maxwell's Clothiers compare with a Toronto-based tailor such as Walter Beauchamp? We'll let you be the judge. --Mark Schatzker
mens'_clothing  suits  bespoke  retailers 
may 2009 by jerryking
A suit fit for 007 - and you
May 11, 2009 | Globe and Mail | AMY VERNER. Ode to the joys of owning a Brioni, preferably Made-to Measure, suit.

general advice about the minimum number of suits a corporate-type should have in his wardrobe (a question frequently asked by Suitable readers), and his answer is four. As for shirts, at least six.
Amy_Verner  mens'_clothing  bespoke  suits 
may 2009 by jerryking
Rocking the initials: not just for Mr. Big Bucks
April 27, 2009 | Globe and Mail | AMY VERNER.

Damon Allan works with men throughout Southern Ontario as founder of Alexander Steel Image Consulting. He says roughly 90 per cent of his clients now get some form of monogramming on custom shirts. "In a business situation, it makes you look established," he explains.

And that's not all. "I think it helps the male ego in some way," he explains. "It's that extra reminder that this was made just for you."

Although there are no hard and fast rules, Mr. Allan says two key considerations are placement and colour. Convention dictates that monograms belong either on the left cuff (or whichever side the watch is worn) or below the breast pocket. Mr. Allan, however, recommends the right cuff because people see it first when they shake hands. Out of sight is another option, of course; he puts his own initials towards his back shoulder. "I'm always wearing a jacket so I'm the only one who knows it's there; it's not as branded that way," he says, adding that the bottom of the front shirttail is also popular among clients....D'Arcy St. Pierre, general manager for Shirtfit, a Concord Ont.-based company that manufactures high-end shirts for men and women and supplies many local retailers with monogramming services.... Indochino, a custom men's wear company which claims to offer "the world's first and longest clothing messaging system" dubbed "Suitable Phrases" monogramming. Up to 40 characters can be printed above a jacket's inside breast pocket....
mens'_clothing  Amy_Verner  bespoke  personal_branding 
may 2009 by jerryking
The Future of Shopping: Custom Everything - Dual Perspectives -
March 16, 2009| Portfolio.com | by Sara Clemence |

Portfolio.com reports: What happens when you can design your physical world as easily as you can reformat your blog?
customization  innovation  shoes  retailers  personalization  cyberphysical  shopping  design  bespoke  meat_space  analog  sneakers  physical_world 
march 2009 by jerryking
Custom-made for e-tail success; Joseph Skerritt's dress shirt start-up is among a growing number of companies using social media as a cheap and effective marketing tool,
Mar 18, 2009 | Financial Times. London (UK): pg. 10 | by
Rebecca Knight. Profiles Joseph Skerritt, founder of Proper Cloth, a New
York-based e-commerce dress shirt company that allows shoppers to mix
and match fabrics, using computer-generated tailoring for the right fit.
retailers  bespoke  mens'_clothing  entrepreneur  social_networking  twitter  online_marketing  social_media  MBAs 
march 2009 by jerryking
Budget bespoke: Mail it in
March 1, 2008 article by Wency Leung about companies supplying made-to measure suits.

Companies such as Victoria-based Indochino Inc., which operates in Shanghai, Hong Kong's OM Custom Tailors and Thailand's MyCustomTailor.com allow North American clients to place orders through their websites. Most such companies specialize in men's suits and dress shirts, as women's fashions are more varied.

Buyers simply enter their measurements and pick out the style and fabric of the suit they wish to purchase, leaving the rest to the tailors overseas.

Some Asia-based companies also have travelling tailors who visit the United States and Canada to take clients' measurements before creating the garments back in Asia.
mens'_clothing  suits  bespoke  fashion  e-commerce 
january 2009 by jerryking
The Art of Doing Something Well - WSJ.com
March 27, 2008 book review by By BRIAN C. ANDERSON of
The Craftsman By Richard Sennett, which explores the universe of skilled
work, where "the desire to do a job well for its own sake" still
flourishes.
book_reviews  craftsmanship  bespoke 
january 2009 by jerryking
Custom Eyeglasses: Fine-Tuning the Fit
July 31, 2008 WSJ article by Ray A. Smith introducing the notion of custom-designed and fitted glasses.
fashion  eyeglasses  bespoke  stylish 
january 2009 by jerryking

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