Sunday, July 29, 2012
Fall looks incredible - we made up styles from the line in special order colors and they are out of this world!
What a difference color makes!
And not just color- since I showed none of these styles in straight out black, but simply a change of color.
This is why I love doing custom made and special order - there is no way we could sample the range of colors I offer.
Working in leather is way different than working in fabric. First off we work in square feet- not in linear yards- the average linear yard is 11.25 sq feet (45" wide). Cutting in leather... to utilize the grain and avoid the flaws, the industry considers a 30% loss normal so that's about 15 square feet of leather to one yard of 45" wide cloth. Put simply, leather easily costs 15X more than fabric since the per foot cost equals and usually exceeds the per yard cost of a decent fabric.
Right there that limits my samples!
In some cases you can get a higher loss - leather is a natural fiber so you can get a lot that is full of flaws & very hard to cut - table cutting is like a puzzle and a poor quality lot makes it a nasty one. Not only do you loose yield , but it also takes a great deal longer to cut the same garment.
'cuse me, but ... leather is an entirely different animal!
When I offer colors in leather- they work- feel secure & we'll get the world (well mostly NYC :) past black!!!