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Hello all. Since this is my first post, let me say how interesting and educational this forum is. Well done!

I notice that Oliver J Benjamin appears to have thus far avoided any real scrutiny here, and feel that some discussion might be beneficial for those who, like me, turn to these forums for reference when they happen across a new name. I'll relate what I know and hope that some of you can add useful experiences and opinions.

I recently noticed their shop on Kingly street only yards from my office and stepped in to have a look. I saw lots of RTW suits and little else. They seem to specialise in a rather fashion-focussed single button coat. The general feel of the place led me to suspect that, despite the claim in the window, they were probably another RTW/MTM store making somewhat free use of the term "bespoke". The quality of the work on show seemed reasonable to my untrained eye, however.

My first impression was duly confirmed when I spoke to a member of staff. The suits are made essentially to completion from very few measurements, although the sleeves and various other details are not finished until a final fitting has been conducted. Prices start at £650 for a single breasted coat and one pair of trousers, but some details are extra. For what it's worth, coats are described as "fully canvassed."

What I found interesting about this company (and what prompted this post) was that they claimed to have their own dedicated workshop in England. When pressed, they conceded that it is actually part of the Wensum factory, but they insisted that it is separate from the rest of the factory, working only on OJB suits and that they select, train and manage the staff themselves.

I thought I'd relate this claim to the forum, and ask: is this a normal arrangement for firms using Wensum for MTM? I've never really discussed such details with E&R, who I believe also use them.

In any case, might the availability of Wensum-made suits at the price quoted above make OJB a good value choice for decent quality MTM in central London? It's competitive with E&R, whose prices currently start at £750.

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For a start, Wensum do not have a factory in England.
They do some nice stuff in their Kingly Street store that I would describe as "Richard James Lite". They do not manage or train any of the Wensum workers. At most, they have developed their own block.

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For a start, Wensum do not have a factory in England.
Really? I thought they had a fairly sizeable workshop in Norwich. When did they close it?

They do some nice stuff in their Kingly Street store that I would describe as "Richard James Lite". They do not manage or train any of the Wensum workers. At most, they have developed their own block.
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This is what I might worry about... if true, then I fear they are quite seriously misrepresenting the origins of their product...

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Really? I thought they had a fairly sizeable workshop in Norwich. When did they close it?

2005

This is what I might worry about... if true, then I fear they are quite seriously misrepresenting the origins of their product...

I think that is a shame as they do not need to do that. Many successful tailoring firms use Wensum and do not feel the need to be creative with the truth.

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Really? I thought they had a fairly sizeable workshop in Norwich. When did they close it?
2005
So all Wensum products are made in Mauritius now? That's disappointing. I wonder what became of the staff from the English operation.

I think that is a shame as they do not need to do that. Many successful tailoring firms use Wensum and do not feel the need to be creative with the truth.
I agree. I also thought that Wensum only produced half-canvassed coats. I'm now somewhat befuddled by their claim that their suits are fully canvassed and made in their own workshop in England and that said workshop is attached to Wensum's manufacturing operation.
Altogether a confusing claim, it appears.
 
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