Finding inexpensive custom clothing is difficult, especially if you're working on a budget. No one would know this better than Steve Downing.
Steve had finally managed to have a closet full of good quality suits and fitted shirts when he was blessed with successful weight loss. With the loss of 50 pounds came a problem; he discovered that he no longer fit in his custom shirts and nice suits. He needed all new pieces. Early last year, Steve found himself doing a little research on mens fashion when he stumbled upon Mass Couture, a mens custom clothing direct sales company. He suddenly realized that it would be possible to buy the new clothing he needed, and it wouldn't cost nearly as much as it had before. He also saw promise in the opportunity they offer.
I recently had the chance to speak with Steve about this unique business and the opportunity they offer.
Tell us a little about Mass Couture.
Mass Couture is a German based clothier expanding into the US market, introducing a revolutionary new concept in the world of fashion: high quality, customized clothing that is accessible and affordable, sized and shipped at the click of a mouse.
"Couture" is a word that means, "the designing and making of fashionable clothing." Couture is derived from two Latin words that mean, "sew together!"
Our clothes are distributed by a network of independent representatives using a network marketing business model but the prices are street level: Custom-made, 100% Wool Suits $99 (member price: $79), Custom-made, 100% Cotton Shirts $19.90 (member price: $14.90), Men's and Women's Jeans $19.90 (member price: $14.90), etc. Suits are also available for women with fabulous 100% wool fabrics.
Take your own measurements and create your size profile, design and personalize a custom suit, shirt, jeans, shoes, belt, overcoat or cufflinks from millions of design combinations - and have it shipped to you anywhere around the world.
For example, the shirts I order require 17 separate measurements. Don't worry, though! There is an online video ready to walk you through each and every measurement! It's as easy as pie!
The shoes and jeans will be available in late February, 2011!
This is a turn key, no inventory business featuring affordable, top quality, custom clothing for all sizes: plus, big & tall and petite.
The clothing is tailor made in Hong Kong for men and women using excellent materials: 100% wool, 100% cotton and 100% leather. There are literally thousands of options available as you select and create your shirt or suit!
What inspired you to become a representative for this company?
I'm 63 years old and I've worked in customer service all of my adult life.
My goal when I got married in 1976 was to create a great wardrobe to help advance my career. This was done - by January, 2010, I had 12, 100% wool suits hanging in my closet along with 20, 100% cotton, shirts. The suits were off the rack, not custom made. The shirts were custom made, at a price of about $75 each.
But last year, two things happened.
One, I lost 50 pounds using Bodyline. My suit size went from 50 L to 46 L and nothing fit any more. My tailor told me that it wasn't a good idea to tailor my existing suits and that I needed to replace them! Same thing with the shirts - I needed to buy all new shirts!
And, two, early in 2010 I delivered a speech at my Toastmasters club entitled, "Dress for Success," which required a little internet research on men's fashion and it was there that I discovered Mass Couture!
When I discovered that I could purchase custom-made, 100% wool suits for $79, I was very interested! When I discovered that I could purchase custom-made, 100% cotton shirts for $14.90, I was even more interested! When my wife discovered that she could purchase custom-made, 100% cotton jeans (available in late February, 2011) for $14.90, she made me join!! :-)
Question: Have you ever spent 3 hours in Ross Dress for Less, Marshall's, KOHL's or TJ Max trying on jeans, trying to get a pair that fits right? I did that last November, after I lost 50 pounds. I needed a pair of jeans. I almost passed out!
Mass Couture will have your exact size recorded in your profile and you can select different washings, pocket styles, stitching colors, etc. and order at the click of a mouse. Every pair will fit perfectly, according to your exact measurements. Isn't that great? Tell all your girl friends!!
Suit, shirts, jeans, shoes, belts, overcoats and cufflinks.
Custom-made, 100% Wool Suits $99 (member price: $79), Custom-made, 100% Cotton Shirts $19.90 (member price: $14.90), Men's and Women's Jeans $19.90 (member price: $14.90), etc.
What separates Mass Couture from other companies in the clothing business?
Our clothes are custom made for an exact fit from fine 100% wool and 100% cotton fabrics but have tremendous value due to our street level prices!
Can you tell us a little about the Mass Couture business opportunity.
Our products are sold using the network marketing business model and commissions are only paid when a product is sold.
There is a retail commission of 20% on the shirts, 25% on the suits, etc., as shown below, and as your network grows, commissions are paid out as shown below, 5 levels deep, unlimited width.
Custom Made shirt $14.90 discount (-25%) Final Price $19.90
Custom Made Suits $79.00 discount (-20%) Final Price $99.00
Level 1 5% Bonus 2 registered Member required
Level 2 5% Bonus 3 registered Member required
Level 3 5% Bonus 5 registered Member required
Level 4 5% Bonus 7 registered Member required
Level 5 5% Bonus 10 registered Member required
We pay out with every placed order. Our commission plan is well-thought-out and is being used successfully by well-known companies such as Tupperware, Amway etc.
What are the requirements for signing up?
It is very easy to become a member. Member sign-up fee is $29, 18 years of age and older.
Flash-powered distributor website is free and includes the measurement tool application.
Do you have any goals that you'd like to accomplish with the company in the next year or so?
I personally lost 50 pounds last year and all of my suits and shirts need replacement. So, my goal for this year is to rebuild my wardrobe: 12 custom-made, 100% wool suits (two of them double breasted) and 20 custom-made, 100% cotton shirts (four of them with french cuffs) that all fit like a glove and make me look and feel like a million bucks!
I would also like to reach the college and university, graduating senior market as we enter the spring. I want to register 25 graduating seniors as Mass Couture distributors and get them and their classmates affordably "dressed for success" as they prepare for their job interviews after graduation in June. To do this last, I have been emailing the college and university newspaper staffs of many, many institutions and negotiating prices for ads, advertorials, etc.
What are some lessons this business has taught you?
With all the MLMs out there, with their products at very high prices, it's discouraging because most regular folks don't want to pay $20 for shampoo or $25 for a quart of juice!
Our products are high quality, they fit well but they are priced at street level!
The lesson I learned from this, "Don't stop looking. If you keep looking for something, you'll find it!"
I was looking for a network marketing opportunity that had good products at good prices.
And, I found that with Mass Couture.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Zig Ziglar said, "One cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure!"
William Shakespeare said, "Pursue thy habit with all thy purse can bear, for clothes oft proclaim the man."
When you're are well dressed, your confidence will soar and this will be perceived in the eyes of the beholders - your customers! They will be happy being around you. You will have their attention and their interest and success will follow!
Whether you're a graduating senior scheduling job interviews, an up and coming sales professional, an attorney new to the firm or a young guy or gal just starting your career, you need an excellent quality wardrobe that will turn heads and cause people to say, "that person is going places!"
Mass Couture (TM) is your ticket to success!
Any advice you'd like to offer anyone that may be considering a direct sales opportunity like this?
If you are going to start a business, look for something that you like doing.
I like to dress professionally. I'm from New York City and I like to put on a suit and show up at work looking sharp, thus Mass Couture is perfect for me.
I love handing out my business card and watching people react to me in my blue, pinstripe suit, red striped shirt and white tie.
If you like to dress well and look sharp, Mass Couture is for you!