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Price increase at Eastman Leather

CBI

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I knew they would go up to around $1,500 US!!!!!! Hey, that is what JC charges and ELC can add that they are practically ready to ship vs. a long wait. One issue with these jackets and buying off the rack with ELC is the fit. Chances are (at least for me), I would need to try 2 different size jackets and choose, then return one so there is added $50 postage or if the two sizes are separate orders, its $100 in extra shipping.

Good luck to ELC and congrats on their success!!!!!! I AM glad they are so busy.
 

Greg Gale

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Agreed, I'm happy to see they're so successful, well deserved. Their A-2s are my favorite and their customer service is fantastic. Problem is that they've become as affordable as a Rolls Royce for me, but that's my problem :D
 
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Brettafett

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I recon they are holding out till after the Airshows.
Apparently, they'll be keeping the pre-increase prices for all stock at Duxford and War & Peace, and for all orders at either shows, the pre-increase price will also be honoured.
 

MeachamLake

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Crikey, there wasn't much warning about this. Quite significant jumps on a lot of the products!

I've got a B6 I ordered a few weeks back arriving (hopefully) on Weds. Rob ordered me a regular fit jacket so that I can determine how much longer I need it to be as I'm tall. Here's hoping the longer jacket will still come in at the old price...I'll give them a call tomorrow to double check.
 

MeachamLake

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You'll be fine.

I'm quite jealous of all you guys with awesome looking and fitting ELC jackets.
The jackets are superb. The house A2 I got a few weeks back is sensational, and Rob was just fantastic to deal with. I needed an extra long jacket but was torn between a 44 and 46, and he sent/picked up multiple different jackets to ensure I got the right fit. The customer service certainly reflects the prices, which is something you can't often say anymore about many companies.

I would have to think a bit longer and harder now though about ordering another Eastman product though - I'm not saying I never would order again, far from it, but once the numbers venture into four figures for the majority of products it becomes a proposition that requires a little more thought. Compared to the vast majority of 'designer' leather outerwear, Eastman still looks comparatively affordable though...an dare I say it is still good value when compared to the insane prices charged by Real McCoy's Japan! :D

This price rise does, however, make the need for a serious middle market alternative seem more and more necessary....
 

Brettafett

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....And the timing couldn't be better for our 'Danish' friends launching their veg-tanned goat Perry A-2 soon, (and some other 'winter' flight jackets later this year).
Wonder if/ when they will have a price increase also.
 

MeachamLake

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....And the timing couldn't be better for our 'Danish' friends launching their veg-tanned goat Perry A-2 soon, (and some other 'winter' flight jackets later this year).
Wonder if/ when they will have a price increase also.
They have sheepskins coming? Interesting if so...

Main problem for me though is their lack of long sizing, it's a real killer.
 

Brettafett

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Dunno whats coming... 'Winter'could be sheepskin, could be B-10/ B-15, M422a... But, I hear you. The sleeves on my A-2 were ok, lucky.... but I also struggle with length and usually have to go 'custom'. Guess time will tell.
 

Flightengineer

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....And the timing couldn't be better for our 'Danish' friends launching their veg-tanned goat Perry A-2 soon, (and some other 'winter' flight jackets later this year).
Wonder if/ when they will have a price increase also.
Well, one day Morten has already moved from the prices in dollars to euros with the same figures. Everything can happen.
 

Officer Dibley

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Interesting thread and even more interesting to see how folks tones have changed since i was last here.......
I think a correction is in order to the person who said the first duty of a company was to increase production to drive costs down. WRONG ! First duty is to ensure survival. Then generate enough profit to pay owners or shareholders. That's it.
Look at Burberry recently burning £26m of stock. Look at makers like Nigel Cabourn. Small production runs, good profit margin and exclusivity. The rich are recession proof. Porsches etc always sell.
I am sure Gary has made his decisions for reasons that suit him and his business model. He's not here to ensure everyone who wants an A2 can have one at a price they can afford. That's a service Noble House provide.
And people are queuing to get a GW at £1500. TWO years. No-one is so upset with LW or BW or Alden shoes. They were originally twice an Eastman.
Buy the best you can afford.
Own one real daily wearer/keeper and enjoy it.
Complaining you can't afford 10 jackets really is a First World problem.
It's Gary's business to run how he wants whether we like it or not. And for the record, i don't like it any more than i liked him stopping using russet goatskin !
My tuppence worth.
 
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