We are bringing back the lost art of bespoke clothing and making it better than ever --- all brought to you at a fair price. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 13, 2013.
About this project
2 Brand New Rewards Added:
Custom Chinos, you choose color and style
Custom Vest, you choose fabric and style
Who We Are
Our family has been handcrafting custom clothing since 1891. Currently located in the Tri-State area of Evansville, IN, we are eager to expand our reach across the United States. This is where we need your help... but we'll get to that in a little bit. First, let us explain a little about us and how we can help you.
How We Do Business
Highly Trained & Certified
We are not a clothing outlet that indiscriminately spouts out products from foreign manufacturers. We are the manufacturers. Tien Son employs tailors who undergo a hands-on five-year apprenticeship under a master tailor. Once certified, our family tailors create every article of clothing by hand from start to finish. From the moment you place your order, our team of experts create, inspect and ship the fully customized suit that will fit not only your body, but your budget. By eliminating outsourcing costs such as manufacturing and shipping, we save you loads of money.
Simple, efficient business
When we built our business, we eliminated ALL middle men. Frankly, middle men are not at all conducive to the kind of open, honest, customer-driven business that we want to operate. They also get in the way of creativity, slow down the flow of shipments, and increase costs, leading to high prices and an inferior product for you, the consumer. With Tien Son, you place your order, we receive it, we make it, we inspect it and we ship it. That's it. In the end, you’re looking dapper in a $499 custom tailored suit that looks like it cost $2,000... and actually would have if you hadn’t ordered it from us.
Some of the highest price markups come from big box retail stores. Large retail stores are extremely costly to own and operate; because of this, prices are marked up tremendously. At Tien Son, we don't believe in making retail corporations rich, we believe in providing fine, custom clothing to the consumer at a price that is both affordable and appropriate. When you order from us, you are ordering directly from the clothing producer...no middlemen. Furthermore, all of our authorized family re-sellers agree to follow the Tien Son Fair Pricing Model and provide clothing at the same price as our website, everywhere across the United States.
Today's Problem with Suits
Over the years industrialization has lead to the mass production of nearly every product we use and interact with today. That may not amount to much as far as clothing hangers, but it matters when it comes to the clothing on them. After all, we aren't mass produced, so why should our clothing be?
Today's suits are boxy, cheaply made and ill-fitting. Massive assembly lines churning out millions of identical items have led to generic pieces of clothing created in an effort to accommodate as many sizes as possible. This archaic method is no longer necessary. What we have created, by effectively utilizing today's available technology, allows for the creation of individualized orders made specially for each customer.
What We Are Doing to Fix the Problem
We have been creating a well-dressed river community in Evansville, IN by offering free in-home and in-office consultations and have gained a pretty nice following of satisfied customers. We know first-hand what kinds of frustrations are encountered at big box retail stores that force shoppers to settle for some negligently manufactured article of clothing that appears to have been made solely for plastic people.
We have spent the last two years prepping our business for growth by organizing a CRM, updating our website, developing a standard for our fabric books, creating an online ordering system, researching tailors in cities throughout the US and selecting our first collection of fabrics.
TS Virtual Tailor™
Since our TS Virtual Tailor™ is designed to be used by a community made of our customers, we found it only fitting to use community funding to finalize and perfect the project. We need your help to test out the TS Virtual Tailor™ and offer suggestions and feedback as to how we can perfect it.
How It's Done
We have developed three methods that will drastically enhance the way men (and soon women) shop for professional clothing, and we need your contribution to finish all three:
1. TS Virtual Tailor™
The TS Virtual Tailor™, is our revolutionary web app that allows you to browse our fabric collection, select your favorite and then customize every aspect of your suit, creating a style that is uniquely yours. Once you have designed your suit, follow our step by step measurement process to have a friend take your measurements using our industry leading 25-point measurement profile. When you have successfully entered your measurements, your order is then directly sent to one of our family tailors who will then be your personal Tien Son tailor. Suits are just the beginning for our TS Virtual Tailor™; we have plans to expand into all clothing items as well as an extensive women's line. We strongly believe this is the future of online shopping and we plan to lead the way.
View our 30-second demonstration of our TS Virtual Tailor™
Go ahead, try it out now. It's quite fun! Just remember to come back to pledge and give us your thoughts for improvement. :-)
2. National Network of Family Tailors
Once we receive project funding, we will be able to then take swatches from the ordered fabrics that are in the TS Virtual Tailor™ and disseminate them amongst our national network of family tailors that await the shipment. We aim to grow our network of national tailors in an effort to provide a local shop for our customers from around the United States to visit to visually see and feel our fabrics as well as get professionally measured and ask questions that may come up.
3. Customer Affiliate Accounts
Our customers love our products and many times are eager to spread the word to friends about their new clothing and the experience of custom tailored. We truly appreciate the word of mouth and the efficient advertising that it is. Because of our incredible customer loyalty and satisfaction, we feel it is only right to give back to those that give to us; and to do so we have established an affiliate program on our website. Anyone can create a free affiliate account and will then receive a unique URL (www.TScustomsuits.com/YourName) that can be shared with friends. Every time a friend clicks the URL and orders something, you, the affiliate, receive 10% of the order total in Tien Son store credit. Now that's smart business.
To redeem the rewards after completion of the Kickstarter, simply place an order through our TS Virtual Tailor™ on our website and enter a discount code that I will provide to you by email which will apply the funds from your donation to your order online.
To build and order your custom suit using our TS Virtual Tailor™ simply:
Select Your Fabric
Customize Your Suit
Enter Your Measurements
That's it. 21 days later the custom suit that you designed will show up at your doorstep, handcrafted just for you.
Usage of Funds
We believe in full disclosure, always have. The funds raised from our $20,000 goal will be utilized in the following manner:
- $5,000 to finalize and enhance our TS Virtual Tailor™ using feedback from YOU
- $10,000 to manufacture the bolts of fabric that will be used for our upcoming Spring Collection that will be distributed to our national network of family tailors and of course added to our TS Virtual Tailor™
- $3,000 to print fabric books and other marketing materials for our network of tailors such as in-store signage, a sample suit, on location training, etc.
- $1,000 photo/video shoots of our new collection for marketing purposes
- $800 payment to individuals that helped us create this Kickstarter Campaign
- $200 night of celebration for a successful Kickstarter campaign.
If we surpass our $20,000 goal, our next priority will be the development of a downloadable app on iTunes and the Google Play Store for enhanced mobile use of our TS Virtual Tailor™. Additionally, we will begin expanding our TS Virtual Tailor™ into additional clothing lines such as a women's collection, outerwear, etc.
How You Can Help
You can join us by selecting whichever reward intrigues you most. Once you become a Tien Son customer, your measurement profile will be saved in your online account on our website. From there, you can easily order additional and future clothing.
What is uniquely awesome about giving us your business is that you will have the same clothier for as long as you are a customer. That’s right - every time you order a piece of custom clothing, the same person is going to make it for you. He/she will already know what you like and what makes your body look good.
Share, share, share
Once you become a supporter, be sure to let your friends in on the action.
Why You Can Count On Us
The Tien Son family has been handcrafting clothing nearly as long as Coca-Cola has existed. If you had any reason to doubt us, you would know it by now.
Connect with Us
Visit our website to see the fabrics we have available online as well as our wide selection of other clothing and accessories. We are constantly adding more to our online inventory but still need your assistance to make our hundreds of fabric options available.
Also, connect with us on social media, we love that!
Risks and challenges
Tien Son has been in business for over a century, but we are taking bespoke suit making down previously unexplored avenues with the launch of our TS Virtual Tailor™. We aim to fundamentally change the way men (and women in our next project) shop for business attire and adapt the historically rich craft of suit making to the needs of modern professionals.
As soon as our Kickstarter campaign is funded, we can begin handcrafting your orders. Our typical turn around time is 21 days and we strive to maintain this timeline. If however, the order stream is too large, we will create and ship the clothing in the order of pledging and have all orders completed as quickly but still meticulously as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We are very pleased to say that we never, ever "fuse" our suit jackets. All of our suit jackets are canvassed with a traditional haircloth, hand stitched onto the upper lining. Our family was originally taught by French clothiers and haberdashers how to handcraft clothing in the 1800s and we've been doing it the same way ever since.
Yes, we absolutely will. If you are pledging from outside the US or Canada, after you pledge I will contact you directly and we can sort out shipping. No matter where you are located, we will get your order to you safe and sound! :-)
YES! While our TS Virtual Tailor™ only has a working men's model, back here in Evansville we make loads of women's clothing! If you are interested in becoming a backer and would like a women's suit, trousers or blouse simply pledge to the corresponding men's reward level and we will contact you directly about customization options and measurements.
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