Here is why peacoats are taking awhile, and why some people wait longer than others; -We showed the sample, it took 2-3 weeks to get enough people together to make a first batch. We ran that, but we ran a few, didn't like the pattern, tweaked, re-ran the coats til we liked the pattern, and then got that first batch done. -That first batch went out, all except for a couple, in time for the Chinese New Year's holidays, and once the holiday was over the last couple went and the 2nd batch was put in... that was 2.5 weeks ago but after the holidays, most of these people are slow at coming back to work and getting back up to production speed, and that is a variable I can't control. -what happened here was people who held out on the first run and wanted in on the second placed their orders sometime in late January or early February while the first run was getting run up. The time from order placement to my order placement with the tailors is waiting time, sorry about that, but there has to be some wait time. Oft times we have follow up questions and people changing their mind often as well, and so some lead time keeps things balanced. I would say that 50% of the clothes we make are standard to our original idea and then the other 50% are custom and come about after people hem and haw and come back after paying to change their mind, etc. There has to be that dead lead time to accomodate that. We could have only one day for orders but people would just miss out and there's no point of doing that. We take orders continuously but feed the tailors orders at a pace they can make the clothes at. -The good news: We got some of the 2nd run peacoats out and sent, and now we're just waiting on the remainder of the 2nd run. We were told they are gonna be done tomorrow, and sent before the end of the week if all goes to plan. I have seen a few more today and so I know that the 2nd run is indeed coming to completion. I can say 'hey old people, make this faster' but that is not a good solution, they will just take that as a pass to cut corners on their work. Because they're made one by one and finished in batches (they take the coats over to a different place to get the buttonholes sewn by machine and they thread the machine to match the color coat, so that is done at the end, at once), there's not much else we can do. There were a lot of peacoat orders, especially the 2nd run, it was packed, and that was inevitable. The same goes for leather jackets sometimes, but less so because we aren't running as many at once. Leathers get held up sometimes because people ask for custom options that take time to prepare, like zippers that custom lengthed and get dyed to match, washed leather, leather that needs to be shaven to proper thickness, etc.
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3/9/10 at 8:31am