May Newsletter May 16 2019
We are now coming up to one of our busiest times of the year, with another Bank Holiday approaching and hopefully with some warmer weather on the way.
June will see our buying team start selecting pieces for SS20 and we will keep you up to date with the trends and brands for that season on this site and social media platforms.
This season has seen the successful reintroduction of Ben Sherman, with their top tier 'Archive Collection'. It is important for us as with some other Independents, to have a point of difference from the multiples away from the mass market with more discerning collections. This philosophy will be increased going forward.
Colours & Sons is a new collection for us which will be landing in August. This is related to our best selling shirt brand, Fynch Hatton, but is much more niche and vibrant with unique designs. They do not 'ordinary', so we hope you will like what they have to offer, which will be exclusive to our store in Norwich.
Levi's® continues to be out top denim performer, but sadly due to contractual reasons, this cannot be bought on this platform. However, their sister brand Dockers® is available here and has exceeded our expectations, with their four way stretch chino. A much expanded version of the collection will be available from June.
Brutus have suspended their operation, which is a great shame to us as it was our best selling brand online, particularly in North & South America. Their owner is pursuing other business interests, but if things change with a new collection, you will be the first to know. Original Penguin has been dropped.
We would also like to remind customers that we will no longer be opening on Sundays in December. Changing shopping habits with consumers migrating to online - as with other retailers - means it is no longer patronised to a financially viable level. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please keep an eye out for new AW19 items from our brand partners in the coming weeks, which will be a mixture of lighter pieces for the summer and more layered pieces.
We sincerely thank you again for your continued support.
Brutus London Special Offer February 22 2019
Brutus London has been a great success for us since its relaunch several years ago. It has been a cult global hit, with orders spanning the Globe from Brazil to Belgium, Canada to Costa Rica, South Africa to South Korea and so forth. As we were one of the original Brutus stockists from our inception in 1966, we are proud of what has been achieved.
However, as there are currently no plans for a 2019 Collection, we are selling existing 2017 and 2018 Collections at the special price of £35.00. These may become Collector's items of the future, so please keep an eye on our website as we are still receiving weekly deliveries until stocks run dry.
If you have any questions, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Shipping February February 02 2019
Free Shipping Worldwide is available for the whole of February! No matter who much or little you spend, shipping is free.
Please use FREESHIP promotional code at the checkout to claim your reward.
Purchases must be made direct to our site.
Not applicable to orders made via third party sites such as Webinterpret.
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Sunday Closing Announcement January 05 2019
We announce that we will no longer be opening on Sundays from 2019.
Traditionally we have always opened on Sundays in December, as it was particularly useful for those who could not make it to our store during regular hours.
However while our business continues to grow, shopping patterns are shifting from physical to online, with an increasing amount of our customers preferring to use our website means that footfall has become progressively weaker. Sundays have been in annual decline for some years to the point that they are no longer commercially viable.
As we are a family business with limited time off during the year we have decided to spend some much needed time off on Sundays going forward, therefore our store will be closed on that day.
We will still be open 6 days a week and we have invested heavily in our website which is online 24/7 for you to browse and purchase in your own time, so you can still enjoy J&B Menswear in the future.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but we hope you understand the decision we have made.
If you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com or pop in store.
Merry Christmas! December 24 2018
We would like to wish all our customers, both online and in store a Very Merry Christmas! We will be closed on Christmas Day & Boxing Day, reopening at 9.00 a.m on the 27th December. Our website will be open 24/7, with despatches also starting on the 27th.
J&B Menswear Team
Last Xmas Order Dates 2018/Festive Opening Hours December 10 2018
Our opening hours in store for the festive period in December are as follows:
Saturday 22nd 0900-1730
Sunday 23rd 1045-1545*
Christmas Eve 24th 0900-1600
Xmas Day/Boxing Day: CLOSED
Thursday 27th-Saturday 29th: 0900-1700
Sunday 30th: CLOSED
New Years Eve: 0900-1600
New Years Day: CLOSED
Reopen from January 2nd as normal.
*No further Sunday opening from 2019
Sale Period 27th Dec 2018 - January 17th 2019
We accept orders up to 3.00 p.m on Thursday 20th December for U.K deliveries to be delivered before Christmas. Orders taken after that we be delivered as soon as postal deliveries recommence after Christmas.
If you have any queries, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
No Black Friday November 14 2018
We pride ourselves on giving our customers the best service and selection all year round as an Independent retailer. We can do things which the larger players cannot do, whether that is offering better and personal service, wider sizing and selection off season and so forth. This philosophy has kept us in business since 1966 with the highest standards.
However, this cannot be done in its entirety without constant financial investment. As a result, we do not participate in Black Friday.
We feel it is increasingly a con, with ridiculous discounts and 'Too good to be true' offers that are not quite what they seem. To take this path, would lead to devaluation of our brand, image, store and our retail partners, several whom we have worked with over decades and have utmost respect for.
With the financial pressures that larger store groups have placed themselves under, it is not a game we wish to play, as the consumer eventually loses out.
So if you wish to see a healthy future for Independent retailers like ourselves, buy less, but buy well and avoid the mirage of Black Friday.
Free Shipping in September September 01 2018
For the month of September, you can order as much or as little as you like with FREE Worldwide shipping. Just use FREESHIP at the checkout to claim your reward!
Offer ends 30/9/18. Not in connection with any other offer. Orders must be placed direct to our site, not via third party apps (e.g Webinterpret).
Brutus Summer Special - While Stocks Last June 21 2018
We have four re-issues from last years Brutus Trimfit Collection available at just £35.00 while stocks last! These are classic checks that do not date and this is a one-off special. Once they're gone, they're gone!
Summer in January and Winter in July? Let us explain.
One of the most frequent questions we get from customers is why the clothing seasons don't always represent what is going with the time of year or the weather outside. It's a natural question of which you have our sympathies, as there are certain times of the year when it makes no sense at all.
Traditionally the Clothing Industry used to work closer to reality. There were two 'Main' seasons - Spring/Summer (SS) and Autumn/Winter (AW). SS deliveries would be around March/April and likewise AW deliveries September/October. Then somewhere in the mists of time, the Multiples and Department Stores wanted items earlier. And earlier. And earlier. And earlier. Then 'Pre-Collections' appeared, which meant SS could be in November and AW in May. That is not a typo error.
Illogical from either a consumer lead and business lead perspective, this gave the Independent businesses like ourselves a bit of headache. This meant taking some stock in much earlier than what would be considered sensible and booking even further ahead. With Crystal Balls in short supply, never underestimate the risk involved for your local Independent, because experience is the key in getting it right. Getting it wrong is not an option.
Below is what the seasons are in our Industry, with usual ordering time for us between six and twelve months before delivery in most cases.
Jan/Feb/March - Spring/Summer
April - Spring/Summer & High Summer
May - High Summer & Pre Autumn/Winter
June - Pre Autumn/Winter
July/Aug/Sept - Autumn/Winter
Oct - Autumn/Winter
Nov/Dec - Pre Spring/Summer
We do our level best at catering for all items and all times and some of our customer base rely on us having 'out of season' items, but as our guide shows if you want a pair of shorts in August for example, or a Winter coat in February, it may get tricky so we always advise to 'plan ahead' on key seasonal purchases.
In our next blog, we will bring you some shots of SS19 Collections from our brand portfolio and all the latest news and we thank all our customers both in store and online for their continued and loyal support, which is very much appreciated.
If you have any queries or thoughts on the above, please contact us at email@example.com
Fred Perry Special Offer! April 27 2018
The Fred Perry tennis bomber was the original warm-up jacket from the courts of the ‘50s. It was taken from the shoulders of tennis champions, onto the backs of British subcultures. The bold design looks to vintage sports stripes in team colours. The angled collar is inspired by the Fred Perry shirt.
We have just a few left, so reduced from £159.00 to £129.00 which includes FREE U.K & EU shipping!
New BRUTUS Spring Shirts! FIVE new lines! March 16 2018
We have FIVE new shirts from the second drop from of the BRUTUS SS18 Collection, including three checks and two stripes!
These won't hang around for long, so hit the link now to see the latest designs.
FREE SHIPPING IN MARCH March 07 2018
We are offering FREE Worldwide Shipping in March. You can but a much or as little as you like and it will be shipped free! Please use freeship promotional code at the checkout to claim your reward!
Please note this is only available direct to this site - Not applicable to Third party versions.
March 2018 Newsletter March 06 2018
After buying all the AW18 Collections in February, March has already seen many of the new SS18 Collections being delivered, which will be compete by the end of the month, especially Fynch Hatton, which proved a great success upon its arrival last year. It also saw the unwelcome amount of snow, which threw a curveball as much of the summer stock is short sleeve, but we always maintain a good level of heavier product which certainly came in handy for those that did manage to venture out - plus those who rather preferred to stay indoors and order from us online.
We apologise if any of you got your online deliveries slightly late. Wednesday and Thursday of last week proved too much from Royal Mail, so we personally took the parcels to the Norwich sorting office so they would be first in the queue when things got back to normal.
Our first drop of Fila® has been presented in its new area instore, alongside Lacoste and Fred Perry for an increased display of Sports Heritage (see above). The full collection will not be online yet, as we await images and another drop late this month, but we are pleased with the reaction of this cult heritage brand, despite the cold conditions.
Please note that we will be open as always on Good Friday, but not Easter Monday. Royal Mail do not collect on Bank Holidays, so any orders received will be shipped the next working day.
We look forward to seeing you instore - or online - in the coming weeks. J&B has never looked so good!
February 2018 Newsletter January 24 2018
We will be keeping you updated on a monthly basis on what is happening at J&B Menswear.
February will see much of the SS18 Collections being delivered, including new brand partner FILA which were are very excited about. This will have large presence in store and online and we will be offering across the board, including Track Tops, Hoodies. Tees, Polo, Joggers and Shorts.
After trialing ORIGINAL PENGUIN last season, we will have a much expanded collection this Spring, which will full of colour with pastels being a big feature.
Our LACOSTE selection will also be expanded and given its own exclusive area, will an expansion of their Underwear, Tees and including shorts, tops and joggers as we go through the season.
LEVI'S® and FRED PERRY Spring Collections are strong, with an extra focus on Retro Sportswear.
BRUTUS will be landing their first drop of SS18 in the first week of February, all of which is currently to preview online.
FYNCH HATTON goes from strength to strength and we will be seeing the first efforts of their Spring'18 Collection too,
It is always sad to day goodbye to our brand partners, but after many years we have decided to drop BEN SHERMAN and phase out PEPE JEANS LONDON. Both excellent brands in their day, but no longer provide the high standards and desirability of which our customers and ourselves demand.
Our in store refurb is ongoing with improved lighting, revised signage and increased use of bespoke tables for a more open feel and ease of navigation.
The buying team have just started ordering AW18 Collections, with a three day trip planned in London early next month of which we will show you the results on these pages and all our social media outlets.
More from us next month!
Happy New Year! December 31 2017
Happy New Year to all our customers in store and online, associates and clients. Thank you for continuing to support Norwich's leading Independent and we will be having exciting new collections from Fila® and an expanded Original Penguin for the new Spring Season.
Whatever you're doing, have a good one!
Directors and Staff
Ben Sherman 25% off until January 15th 2017 December 15 2017
We are saying au revoir to Ben Sherman, so we are clearing all our available stock, including the classic Harrington at 25% off! Please use BEN25 at the checkout as once they've gone, they've gone!
Pepe Jeans London October Promotion October 26 2017
Get 20% off any Pepe Jeans London product until the end of October by using PEPE20 at the checkout. Don't miss out!
Ordering from Malaysia or Indonesia? Forget it! October 01 2017
Here at J&B Menswear, we have state of the art security systems to spot any potential scams. If you are ordering from Malaysia or Indonesia we have cancelled hundreds or orders over the years due to their fraudulent nature, so if your thinking of placing an order with somebody else card details - forget it!
Free Bank Holiday Shipping 25-28th August August 24 2017
It's FREE shipping anywhere this Bank Holiday weekend. Whatever you want, wherever it's going*, the shipping won't cost you a penny! Just Use FREESHIP at the checkout to claim your reward. Offers ends 23:59 Monday 28th August.
One use for customer only. Not to be used in conjunction with any other promotions. T&C's apply.
* excluding blacklisted countries
New Brutus Trimfits for AW17! August 15 2017
Completely new Brutus Trimfit designs for AW17 and are available now! These are a global phenomenon and we ship to your destination!* Free U.K shipping for one shirt and free EU shipping for two. www.jandbmenswear.com/collections/brutus-1
* Excluding blacklisted countries.
15% off for previous customers until 18th August August 14 2017
We are rewarding our most loyal customers this week by offering 15% off until August 18th. If you have used our site before then you are eligible for this promotion.
Please use ONREPEAT at the checkout to receive your reward!
T&C's apply, one use per customer only.
Fred Perry M3600 Tipped Pique August 08 2017
J&B Menswear has on elf the the best selections of The Fred Perry M3600 Pique in U.K @£55.00 - and up to 3XL too! Keep an eye on our site for new additions!
FREE Worldwide shipping weekend 5/7 August August 05 2017
FREE Worldwide Shipping this weekend at www.jandbmenswear.com! Just use WEEKENDFREE at the checkout to claim your reward. Offer ends Monday 23.59, one use per customer only.
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