Oddly enough - This price is anything but uniform

12th September 2008 at 01:00

At pound;2,500, it is billed as the world's most expensive school blazer.

Thomas Mahon, a Savile Row tailor, has responded to the pound;4 Asda uniform with a blazer that is a cut above. Suit you, sir? Maybe not, when most parents have less money this year.

An Eton blazer ranges from pound;100 to pound;145 at the college's Tom Brown Tailors, and its famous tailcoat costs, at most, pound;130. The uniform and long blue coats of Christ's Hospital school in Horsham, West Sussex are provided free to all pupils.

But Mr Mahon insists he is not stitching parents up. "You get what you pay for," he has said.

So, what do you get for pound;2,500? The marketing bumf says the blazer has unique buttons, hand-stitched edges and a fine silk lining. Just as Jamie Oliver fought against school dinners, Mr Mahon is fighting cheap uniforms . blah blah.

In an acknowledgment that most parents will be unable to afford the blazer, a Cheshire school uniform firm will sell an off-the-peg version for between pound;30 and pound;100.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now