- Sep 27, 2013
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Quote:Simon has never been easy to contact, but he does excellent work. However, be prepared to wait. It takes about 2 years from date of order to delivery.
For some context, the famous bespoke Japanese casemaker Fugee has a wait list of 6 years! I believe his strapped briefcase of the type we often picture in this thread costs about $3700 USD. His ex-apprentice, Ortus, has a wait list north of 18 months. Fugee, along with his apprentices, takes about 15 days of work to produce a briefcase. From what I understand from clients experiences, and what I've seen, I believe Fugee offers the most truly bespoke offering for those wanting something very unique. The Ortus process is supposedly more rigid, and the language barrier is a challenge in each, although Ortus allows online purchase - for Fugee you must visit the atelier in Tokyo.
A small note about Simons timing - he works without apprentice!
My own waitlist, being a young business, is typically closer to 6 months. I'm in the process of developing a line of made to order, but less-than-bespoke, cases which I hope to be able to deliver in only 3 months. We shall see how this affects client relations! The actual bespoke process typically takes about a month or two of back-and-forth conversation and design work (with feedback). Material orders can't be made until this is complete, so the project isn't ready to join the bench queue for several months after the process begins.
The pleasure of restraint, the suspense of creation... Bespoke is so lovely, no doubt partially because of the time it takes!