2018 Round Up - What a Year!
Well that’s another year done and time for us to sit back and take stock (quite literally as our retired hire stock sale is on 6th January) at what a fantastic year we have had.
As the business grew we have more than doubled our work force with the addition of Debbie ; our very talented seamstress, Riggs ; our operations aficionado , Patsy ; our stylish customer consultant and Brandon ; our weekend style assistant. We also welcomed Gemma back to the VSHC family from maternity leave this month.
With all the extra bodies we needed more space! We expanded our operations to a dedicated warehouse unit just around the corner and the flagship shop had a complete refurb bringing with it a new appointment lounge and retail space for sister brand Boyds Of Bedford, more on that later.
Our unique tweed suits were already being worn far and wide from Bedford, and with some customers travelling hundreds of miles to meet us, it was a natural progression to open national concessions.
The Wedding Hub in Plymouth, Legend Bridal Designs in Blackburn and the Bedfordshire Beard Company in Glasgow really put us on the map, pun intended, and with nearly 100 appointments between the three already it really helped make us more accessible to our clients and focus on the 884 appointments that we ran back here in Bedford.
One of the best bits about the business is meeting new couples and helping them bring their vision of the perfect look to life with our expertise and hand picked range of accessories. This year we met a whopping 431 couples for initial consultations at our flagship store in Bedford.
We also had our biggest wedding season so far providing 1775 of our unique tweed hire suits to over 550 weddings, with 98 suits going out on one record breaking bank holiday weekend in May!
Speaking of our suits not only do they look good but they do good too. For every suit purchased we donate £1 towards CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably, the leading movement for the prevention of male suicide, which is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. We raised a great deal (to be announced in the new year), so you know the suit you purchased has also helped someone who might be struggling, you can find out more about their work and how to contact them if you need help here - https://www.thecalmzone.net
We briefly mentioned Boyds Of Bedford earlier, when we refurbished the Bedford store back in July we made our appointment lounge much bigger and were left with a retail space section which we soon filled with Off The Peg suits ready to purchase.
We soon realised we could also stock this with an awesome range of menswear (mainly things we just wanted ourselves), grooming and gifts and Boyds Of Bedford was born! It’s the sister company to VSHC and it combines the vintage aesthetic but modern twist our VSHC customers love perfectly. All the products are hand picked, inspired by our love for all things automotive, collaborations with local artisans and where possible designed and screen-printing and branding by our own fair hands in the warehouse.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all of our customers and wish you all a very happy new year, and we look forward to meeting more of you in 2019!