We all have more questions when discovering someone who can help us achieve the leather product we desire. Let's share our vision by mixing an essay and a self-interview.
Prior to the pandemic, and accelerated during it, many people wanted to start a craft. It resulted in a tsunami of Sourdough bread on social media. Although many came back to their regular 9-5, either remotely or on site, a few kept this idea to run their hobby from 5-9, to turn their hobby into a small business, and keep it growing, so maybe one day they can transition. A safe bet is to move slowly, at least financially. The ghosting rate by employers on candidates reaches up to 20% from the Job bank Indeed. Still, not a good idea, to start a Solo adventure, if like most of us after those two years are cash dry.
Can a hobbyist turn into a craftsman, into an artisan? How long to reach the level to be considered to be amongst its peers?
Personally, I was moulded into the culinary and Hospitality management fields from High-School to License/Master, managed, opened, and lifted up Hotels, restaurants and properties. All which make me a professional in my field, and an expert in some fields, it does not apply in the Leather goods industry.
Well I think so, when the level is achieved, the artisan who doesn’t worry about money will spend more time on your product. Efficiency is driven by quality not cost control, no cutting corners to save dimes and nickels to make the profit at year end. So the Consumer is winning, can even have a real bespoke experience by talking his preference choice to the Artisan; try to dictate to Hermes or Louis Vuitton. It is possible, but maybe look for a mortgage. Also as it is Bespoke leather good made for you, when you select the thread color, the leather style and weight, it becomes a good ,made in Tango, and be easily called “our Leather good” and turned into a heirloom to be passed on, repaired and passed on again.
As Horse blind can help to achieve specific time, it could miss the era of time, lacking in many other areas. How many true artisans are great in their trade, but cannot find customers, barely known to the public? Plenty are not well diversed with marketing, social media, supply and purchase management, and packaging skills. Many details when cumulated can leave a great artisan in the dark. I worked in Luxury Hotel management where we learn to anticipate guests needs, but working in Budget Hotels was an eye opener for financial control through all accounting lines, and developing skills versatility.
Not in Volume or Price for sure (laugh) .
So an Artisan can compete with quality and customer experience. He can crawl back the suppliers chains and find suppliers used by those big brands (maybe that’s why those brands try to purchase their own suppliers for a vertical integration). He sure cannot have a “boutique” on Fifth avenue, Savile Row, or rue Faubourg Saint-honoré, but the packaging can be matched, and the customer service offered; the bespoke service can be present all along, and this can make a long lasting memory
At your local marketplace, ask on a facebook group about crafters, and google business, or here at wagramleather.com. As said previously, the marketing is not their forté, so you need to find them instead to have Luxury brands pushed towards you.
Well, if you can see the product, look at the edge. It takes a lot of time to finish edges, we do it to protect leather from humidity. It is easy to simply cut it, leave a fake style (raw or steampunk) cutting the product time by 30-40%, but it should be at least burnished with bee’s wax at the bare minimum, and edge painting can take more time, more if you have a glazy effect.
At least a good conversation, and not being in a rush! Look at the Artisan Portfolio, like here https://www.wagramleather.com/accessories. You can see the strength and the limits of the Artisan. Come with a good idea and if you have it drafted on a piece of paper, it is even better. Lots of questions will follow, from the type and color of leather to additional features of the item requested… The project will not start until we share the same vision, we have to be looking in the same direction for it to work.
Who is requesting services at Wagram Leather?
From dog lovers, to people who want something that will last, but mostly high-end corporate gifts or diplomatic gift exchange, when the goods need to carry a meaning, a story and are conversation starters.
Oh yes, our Spycraft collection is the proof, but I will add a footnote on it. The technology is growing so fast, finding a futureproof, maintenance proof technology is harder. It limits us but forces us to reposition some technology used in different industry sectors.