The Beijing Collection

This is a Lot of Suit For Under $500

When we started Elite Suits we set ourselves a very important task. To be able to deliver a higher quality suit at a price most suitbuyers could afford.

Judging by the feedback from our customers it would seem that we have succeeded. I have many emails from customers expressing their surprise at the high quality of their suit for the price they paid.

When you see what you get for your money compared to suits selling elsewhere for the same price (or in many cases a lot more) you can easily see the value.

Let’s start with the canvas.  If you look at most suit retailers websites it’s almost impossible to find out what sort of canvas they use. Seeing the canvas is the foundation for any quality suit and probably the most important detail that you should want to know, this lack of disclosure is interesting to say the least. The reason they don’t tell you is that they do not want to draw attention to the fact that they are selling only fused canvas suits or if you’re very lucky perhaps a half canvas suit at best.

Most suit retailers today outsource their tailoring to suit factories in either Asia or Eastern Europe. These factories mass produce machine made suits churning hundreds of basically the same suit every day.

You can’t mass produce a full canvas suit. The canvas needs to be made and stitched into position by a tailor experienced in making full canvas suits. Unfortunately, in these days of mass production in factories, the ability to fully canvas a suit is a dying art. Most suit factories won’t do it as it means pulling the suit off the normal production line and having a highly trained tailor hand canvas the suit, Not only does it add a significant cost to the production most of the factories don’t have the staff with the experience to canvas a suit properly.

This is why you rarely see full canvas suits today and certainly a full canvas suit under $500 is a rare event indeed which is why the Beijing suit is such great value.

THE FABRIC

Over the years we have built strong relationships with our fabric merchants. As our sales continue to increase and our volume of orders grow they go out of their way to find us quality fabrics at a value for money price.

We set them the task of finding us a high grade fabric that we could use for our flagship suit. While cost was important we wanted a fabric that was a higher grade then you would normally find in a suit at this price so we were prepared to pay a little more to get the quality we wanted.

They offered us an Italian milled fabric finished and dyed in China. You should remember that Australian wool is considered the world’s best suiting fabric and over 75% of the annual Australian wool clip ends up in China after being milled at various places around the world. It’s the same for the other wool producing countries with similar climates such as New Zealand and Argentina.

This is 9oz cloth which makes it perfect for all year round wear and suitable for those in a warmer climate. Combine it with an overcoat and you have an outfit for even those freezing days for those in the colder areas.

As it’s a higher grade of cloth than you normally find in suits this price you won’t get the issues that can plague cheaper fabrics and you will find that the suit will wear better and  far longer. You can see the range of available fabrics HERE

THE TAILORING

We then went looking for tailors that could make a superior suit

The standard fused canvas version (CLICK HERE for an explanation of the various jacket canvassing techniques) is made in a factory setting. However, unlike the mass produced machine made suits, the fabric is cut by hand by an experienced cutter/patternmaker and hand sewn together by seamstresses rather than machine made. This human interaction allows for small adjustments to be made that machines simply can’t replicate. So if you’re a shape that’s slightly different to normal, the tailors can adjust the pattern to accommodate your individual requirements. This is something that can’t be done by most factories that use machines to churn out suits in a cookie cutter pattern.

The factory is owned by a father and son who are both trained and experienced tailors. The father has been a tailor for over 50 years and can spot a defect in a suit from 30 metres. They mostly make fused and half canvas suits for some of Asia’s best known high end stores and I don’t mind telling you they charge more than we could pay elsewhere but quality is worth the difference.

The full canvas version is a completely different suit. Completely hand made, the suit is cut, fully canvassed and sewn together by a highly trained tailor who makes nothing else but full canvas suits. We use a couple of different tailors to make these suits and most of them run their own tailoring business out of a small workshop,

As we are using trained tailors that handmake the suits we are able to accommodate some small changes that can’t be done in the factories that machine make suits to a cookie cutter pattern. Items such as adjustments to the lapel size or lowering the buttoning position can be done. We can also make a natural shoulder instead of a highly padded one for those of you who have squarer shoulders.

If you’re looking for a quality suit and your maximum budget is $400 than, in our opinion, the standard Beijing suit is the best value anywhere for the price. However, the extra for a full canvas suit isn’t an expense it’s an investment in good suiting. The full canvas suit will look better, drape around the body better and last far longer than the standard canvas. It’s definitely worth the extra

One quick point of clarification here. When we say “hand sewn” we mean that the suit is sewn by either a tailor or seamstress using a sewing machine rather than a fully automated  machine process as you will find in most suit factories. This is different to a fully “hand stitched” suit with is made by a tailor in the traditional manner with each stitch done by hand with a needle and thread.

WHERE CAN I WEAR THIS SUIT?

Anywhere. It’s as simple as that.  The higher grade fabric in the Beijing suit will stand up to regular wear than most other similar priced suits offered elsewhere. The full canvas version will wear extremely well and although it may cost a little more you should expect to get a far longer wear time before it needs replacement which means it will actually work out to be cheaper over the longer run.

The traditional English cut of these suits make it perfect for the office. Designed to be worn comfortably for a long time the more relaxed fit of the traditional English cut make it the ideal suit for business wear. This is a suit you can wear a couple of times a week and still expect it to last for many years and still look good. Combine a well made suit with a fashionable fabric choice and not only can you have a suit suitable for the office but still look good at an after five setting.

DELIVERY TIME

This suit is especially custom made for you so it takes around 21 days from when we accept your measurements to delivery.  The measurement process is easier than you may think and is fully explained with some tips to get better accuracy HEREHowever, if you prefer we can also make your suit in a standard off the rack size as well.

WARRANTY

The measurement process isn’t rocket science. If you have a good fitting jacket and trousers you can check your measurements against these and you can see how HERE. If the measurements are accurate then your suit should be a good fit straight out of the box. However, some customers do have their suits tweaked at their local alterations place to get that individual fit they prefer,

Every so often though we get a suit that doesn’t fit right. While there may be a tailoring error it’s fairly rare and most of the problems with fit are due to the measurements we receive not being entirely accurate.

We understand that sometimes mistakes are going to happen and so that you can order your Elite Suit with the confidence that you will have a good fitting suit we offer our No Worries Guarantee. This means if your suit simply doesn’t fit we will either pay for the suit to be altered or arrange a replacement suit at no charge.

If you read the warranty, even though there are a few terms and conditions, I think you will find it’s one of, if not the, most comprehensive warranty in the industry. No ridiculous $30 or $40 limit on alterations or reimbursement by way of store credit. If the suit simply doesn’t fit we will reimburse you in full for the alterations in cash‘or arrange for a replacement suit to be sent to you.

That should allow you to order your Elite Suit with confidence.

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