Originally Posted by zjpj83
Are you guys worried that, with a new company such as this, he will be inundated with orders and may have turnaround problems. (See, e.g., Darren Beaman)?
You can divide this question into two parts, one regarding the RTW shoes and one regarding the bespoke shoes. Tony knows how many pairs of bespoke shoes he can produce in a year while using only the outworkers he is comfortable with (between 100 and 150 pairs). I seriously doubt that the demand for bespoke shoes will rise above that level; and if it does, I doubt that Tony will take more orders than he can fulfill. He is aware of the potential problem, and I believe that he is committed to avoid the trap. Regarding GG's capacity to turn out RTW shoes, that's dependent on the capacity of the production line at the factory that they've partnered with. I would hope that they're very well aware of what this capacity is. In any event, despite all the chatter on the forums, you have to realize that the orders that will come from us this fall are relatively small in number -- maybe a couple hundred pairs. That shouldn't present any problem at all for a Northampton factory, even if the shoes are all one-offs and require significant amounts of hand-finishing.