Well there is a lot of work yet to be done, but the first iteration of the ASW online haberdashery is finally up should you care to take a look at it. Mind you, there are only about three dozen products live rather than the hundred that are on the shelves. And neither the knitwear nor the shoes have arrived yet. But mighty oaks from little acorns grow, or so they say. We will be adding products almost daily.
The ASW store will never be a full line men's store because it will not offer tailored clothing or dress shirts, both of which should in my opinion be made for the individual. Instead it focuses on accessories from some of the world's best makers. There are sixfold neckties from E&G Cappelli of Naples and scarves, neckerchiefs, bow ties, and cashmere, silk knit and grenadine neckties from Michael Drake. When it is all photographed the selection of Simonnot-Godard's linen and cotton handerchiefs and squares will to the best of my knowledge be unequalled in the online world. There are also or soon will be exquisite silk ascots and squares from Cravate Royale, very well priced lined sixfold neckties from Vanners Silks, linen sweaters from Inis Meáin Knitting Company, boxcloth and barathea braces with the modern version of gut ends from Albert Thurston and an inventory of shoes from Gaziano & Girling.
Still to come over the course of 2010 are precious metal cufflinks and dress sets, cashmere knitwear, hats and caps and a line of warm weather polos.
The business side of the store will also be evolving. Standard shipping is free in the continental United States. Some countries may assess VAT upon delivery but we never charge sales tax or VAT on purchases. What's more, the U.S. Postal Service's Priority Mail provides a cost-effective international delivery without the handling charges of UPS and FedEx, though when you need faster delivery those alternatives are available. Finally, we currently accept PayPal and will be adding other forms of checkout as soon as we can find the time.
Click on the title of this post to visit the store. I thank those of you who have been ordering things by email these past months as we struggled to get things working, and I look forward to hearing your feedback once you have had the chance to look us over.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Posted by Will at 7:00 AM