BK price increases again?

Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by zhz, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    By a process of elimination, I'll take a thrower and say AL - ELC is busy with ELMC and Aero is busy doing its own thing, so who's left after that? [huh] But Otter makes a sound point too... :D
     
  2. zhz

    zhz Practically Family

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    Reasonable guess, but does AL+BK will cause market imbalance?
    I like Otter's point too
     
  3. Otter

    Otter One Too Many

    Lesson one: don't drop hints unless you want people to speculate..:)
     
  4. Edward

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    It's all speculation at this point, of course. Not sure I'd read anything into the "market imbalance" talk. If it's another player in the same niche market, there's the obvious three; Aero are the one I'd certainly rule out. Hey.... what about Wested?

    Down with this sort of thing!

    Careful, now!

    You'll definitely hear about it here first.
     
  5. Foster

    Foster One of the Regulars

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    I didn't sense a great imbalance in the Force... My powers must be weak.

    On a serious note, I don't understand the secrecy. Cooperation among those in the manufacturing and marketing worlds doesn't need to be masked in secrecy, it could be a very good thing! It may even build customer confidence for both of the companies involved. Those who like Partner A might then be positive toward Partner B, and vice versa.

    So... Where is this champagne and do I get a complimentary glass?
     
  6. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    Perhaps we're thinking too literally. Here's another suggestion: Lewis Leathers. No overlap there in terms of range and styles.
     
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  7. Carlos840

    Carlos840 My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    But then Lewis Leather has never showed any interest in A2 jackets or even in horsehide...
     
  8. zhz

    zhz Practically Family

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    God, Lewis and BK? Doesn't sound like a match...
     
  9. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    They don't have to, they just absorb the company into its structures, with perhaps a little direction on marketing and the web stuff, and let them get on with it. Same as any buyer would do, AL included. That said, I've always thought BK presented their jackets very well - except for that damn muzak which plays all the time...
     
  10. Superfluous

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    The current products offered by AL/Aero/Eastman have significant overlap with BK's product line. Therefore, if AL/Aero/Eastman acquired BK and aggressively promoted BK's products, that arguably would divert customers away from the acquiring company's own brand. I am not sure this makes sense, particularly where such a combination does not appear to achieve meaningful economies of scale (unless, of course, manufacturing were combined; but, if that occurred, the product distinction/differentiation would be diluted). Therefore, IMHO, the existing product line of the acquiring entity is likely different from BK's product line, such that the acquisition expands the customer base for the acquiring entity.

    Thats my wild speculation.
     
  11. Smithy

    Smithy I'll Lock Up

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    Or Cirrus for that matter. After they were sold to new owners in 2009ish they made a point of saying they were looking at increasing the accuracy of their military offerings down the line.
     
  12. dudewuttheheck

    dudewuttheheck Call Me a Cab

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    For my money, I think it's AL, but then Lewis would make since due to the lack of overlap.
     
  13. scrawlysteve

    scrawlysteve One of the Regulars

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    Well, the rumour I've heard is that it is Ann Summers......

    .....and that with any jacket purchase a bona fide Fedora Lounger will be entitled to a free gift comprising a mini riding crop--plaited from the finest veg tanned horsehide in the world-- plus a one-half lifesize inflatable "Andy" doll.
     
  14. Otter

    Otter One Too Many

    Steady on there Ted!

    In seriousness Aviation Leathercraft ?
     
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  15. andyfalzon

    andyfalzon Vendor

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    Sorry, I don't think there's anything wrong with bombastic statements as long as they are true.
    I 'll give you an example.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Sloan1874

    Sloan1874 I'll Lock Up

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    It's more fun trying to work out your new owner, tbh, Andy :D
     
  17. Otter

    Otter One Too Many

    Now your just being boombastic! B-)
     
  18. zhz

    zhz Practically Family

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    TBH, I want to start a vote for their new owner now...
     
  19. hpalapdog

    hpalapdog One of the Regulars

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    Lewis or Eastman. Anyone who has visited Ivybridge knows it's a small operation in an area where it may be hard to recruit people with the required sewing skills. Maybe BK will make the new ELMC line as well as the unique models they currently make ?
     
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  20. Edward

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    I agree AL is the most likely one - gut instinct - though certainly the "market imbalance" stuff is hyperbole at most.

    lol

    An option.... seems unlikely, though - they seem to be doing well enough (as if I'd know) without any worries of accuracy....

    Yeah, see, you see "We have big guns", I see bigger compensating than the Guildford Four got.... ;)

    Considered that. Both those companies seem to be chugging along nicely enough, though. I thought I heard a rumour ELMC was much more hands on than buying somewhere else and farming it out to import production, but I don't claim any inside knowledge. Lewis... I'm not seeing it. Lewis do what they do, they're not really directly competing with anyone currently. Aside from the short-lived Aero/ Ace Cafe LE range, nobody else of note is really doing that very British late 50s/ early 60s thing - the other civvy companies are much more European or American in style.
     

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