Production Update - August 2016

Last week, I posted an update on Kickstarter that we were expecting leather to arrive at the factory. It has arrived, and production will begin this week.

It will take a day or so to sort and inspect and get everything set up, and then we will begin training the production line. When training is completed, the large scale production starts. Depending on the volume of completed bags, we will send a freight shipment each week or every other week to the fulfillment warehouse. The freight shipment takes one to two weeks, and it takes the warehouse a day or two...

Production Update - June 2016

Last week we had an update typed up and ready to go, that we were expecting delivery of the leather, but we hesitated to send it out without confirmation from the tannery.

It took a few days to get a response to our requests for confirmation - never a good sign. Then we got all types of answers. Two more weeks, three, four, and finally seven to nine weeks. That is how long the entire process takes, starting with a live cow.

The more we pushed for an explanation the more double talk we got. It looks like they took a bigger...

Classic Attaché Update May 16, 2016

I just got back from a trip to the tannery, and I wanted to let you know where we are with production of your Classic Attaché. We began to redevelop the leather before this project began, and the process has taken longer than I had originally anticipated. The good news is, the leather has been approved, and we are moving forward with production.

We also ran a sample run to test the accuracy of all eight patterns on a CNC machine before making dies. Despite all the promises of the manufacturer for speed and less leather waste, the final product...

Classic Weekender Duffel - May Production Update

I just got back from the tannery, and I wanted to let you know where we are with production of your Classic Weekender Duffel. You may remember from my previous update that the colors and textures of the leather were not matching. We started over from scratch, and the leather now looks even more beautiful, with none of the lightening or filminess we had seen previously.

The colors all looked great and the soft and hard leather colors match, so I have approved all the leather to begin the production tan. This week we are finalizing the order to get that started. 

Some colors take longer to...

Weekender Duffel Production Update 3/15/16

In our last update, I reported that the tannery was having a hard time matching the soft and hard leather colors. They fixed the color problem, but when I received my samples, the leather failed to pass a crocking test. 

"Crocking" is dye transfer from the leather to another surface (such as fingertips or your jeans). New leather always has some crocking, especially when it is treated with a liquid, like an oil. The only way to fully prevent it is to spray the leather heavily with a coating which makes it look like plastic, because that's basically what you are spraying...