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Price increase at Eastman Leather

Lorenzol

Active Member
Hi,

I've just came across the rather succinct notice on the ELC's website:
"Tue 27th, March 2018.
As from Sunday 1st April a price increase will be taking place across our all our lines.
If you have been contemplating ordering then you can still take advantage of existing pricing until then"

So that you people know!
 

CBI

Well-Known Member
I completely understand that making quality garments is an expensive proposition and that costs continue to rise........I totally get it.

But this is just getting out of hand and these items are truly moving more and more towards the very well-off!

Its funny as vintage leather products celebrate the "everyman" of times past!
 

tjoenn

Well-Known Member
Hi,

I've just came across the rather succinct notice on the ELC's website:
"Tue 27th, March 2018.
As from Sunday 1st April a price increase will be taking place across our all our lines.
If you have been contemplating ordering then you can still take advantage of existing pricing until then"

So that you people know!
Thanks for the tip! I've been wanting another pair of A-10 gloves since I lost mine on the bus, so will pull the trigger on those now rather than after the price increase! Expensive enough as is....
 

gav

Active Member
Does anyone have an idea of how much a-2s are going up by? I’ve been wanting an elc rough wear for ages and procrastinating.
 

D97x7

Well-Known Member
Was planning on visiting over the summer, if the jump is too much might have to return to mail order, pity I was rather looking forward to it.
 

Persimmon

Well-Known Member
Was planning on visiting over the summer, if the jump is too much might have to return to mail order, pity I was rather looking forward to it.
Why not buy the jacket now for delivery when you collect it ( in the summer )
Get the current price before the increase but decide on the style size etc when you arrive at the factory
 

Skip

Well-Known Member
Seeing the Aussie $ is now rating just about half Sterling, its cut me out of ELC and any BK option and now considering the price increase ELC may as well be in the next galaxy :rolleyes:
 

johnwayne

Well-Known Member
Brexit or not and don't wish to be political but this to me just is about a price hike because they can! For that matter does anyone ever recall ELC having a 'sale'? I like most of ELC's offerings but the need to pay for their move of premises and ever increasing stock with BR etc somehow! I must say too, going to ELC's marquee at airshows etc does not now fill me with the buzz ( excuse the pun) that it used to due to the ever inflating prices, so much so I'm in and out fairly quickly.
 

Cobblers161

Well-Known Member
I can't help but wonder if the recent Pop-Up Shops and sales via American Classics have made them realise people will pay big bucks for their clobber on a par with Real McCoy. In effect they're aiming for a younger, wealthier city based customer.
Military repro's are now beyond WW2 nerdism and firmly in the realms of the chic and trendy.

It's death by Hipster.

I also can't help but feel it really is an April Fools joke.
 

Cobblers161

Well-Known Member
Add to that, if Eastman's Buzz prices do increase then the cheaper option is to buy direct or via proxy from Japan. Pre-price hike it's still more affordable.

I was loyal to Eastman for a long time and would always give Gary my custom rather than take the alternative route, I believed I was doing good by supporting a UK Co, but since the overly priced N-4 and last years Buzz price hike I'll now go via Japan every time. I don't like having the piss ripped out of me.
 

stanier

Well-Known Member
I can only imagine that this latest price rise from ELC is to act as a brake on demand / charge more because the overall global market will bear it.

Some months ago I was chatting to someone at ELC before the factory move who mentioned that since the Brexit vote and the impact on exchange rebates demand had gone into overdrive from overseas and they were busier than ever. They needed the bigger premises to keep up production.

I don’t know where ELC get their leather supplies (or anything else) from but given where we are I hope that the new business paradigm Brexit presents means there’ll eventually be more homegrown suppliers and tanneries become more viable again.

Whatever, and although I’m a big fan of ELC, it does feel like, and my personal perception is that ELC have more direct and indirect price rises than Father Christmas has holidays.
 
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