I have to disagree with this completely. Â As a scientist, I think that information sharing and technological transfer is vital and should be encouraged as much as possible.
LAGuy, You are free to disagree, of course. From the point-of-view of the small entrepreneur, there is a world of difference between the advantages to the human race through the advance of science and the competetion of the free-market which, by its very nature, decrees that some business will succeed while others fail. Were that not the case, businesses large and small would not be investing in security systems designed to safeguard their proprietary information. You may consider that wrong; others generally do not disagree with one's right to protect intellectual property.
And as a free marketer, you should agree with Mmathew is free to do with what was essentially his "intellectual property" as he sees fit.
Also correct. However, at the time Mathew had indicated that he was interested in entering the bespoke clothing business. It would not serve him well therein to have published all of his resources for all of the reasons which I specifically enumerated and which you have ignored in your post, such as the inordinate burden placed on extremely small suppliers and the consumer price increases which are the inevitable result of such a burden.
And BTW, it does sort of turn me off that you care that your clients are rich and/or famous.
I was more specific than that. I am - as I carefully said - in awe of their ability to manage such large holdings successfully. Hopefully, they do so to the benefit of the hundreds of thousands they keep gainfully employed. For my part, the largest number of employees I've ever had was approximately 100 - and I shall never forget how difficult it was to fairly manage the needs and desires of so many. It is not a case of "caring that they are rich", but a sense of awe that they are capable of succeeding at such large enterprises.
information sharing about suppliers, good manufacturers, good mills, etc... Â this is just part of professional courtesy.
Here we completely agree. For my part, I have taught more shirtmakers more technical things about shirtmaking than I have ever heard of any other shirtmaker doing. What I was quite specifically cautioning against was the sharing of resources with the public-at-large (again, for the exact reasons I enumerated), not one-on-one with fellow members of the trade as a professional courtesy.
I agree with some of the points that LAG made in his message. I also agree with Alex on his last point. It's probably unwise (because for a few reasons, incl. maintaining your mystique, etc) to reveals your sources to the general public. Though I, as a member of the general public am quite interested (for some reason -- probably just because I find it fascinating) to know this info. For instance, it's just neat to me that there's still a company (the Groton one) that makes the old knives. But I can understand how one shirtmaker wouldn't want another to know, necessarily, of the source.