- Sep 22, 2007
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@DWFII has been making this point for years.For years my shop has not been able to produce more than 4-5 suits a week and I think our average is actually about 3 per week.
I used to see this as a deficit but my thinking changed. If I tried to produce more I couldn't put as much time into each garment. Putting in the time equates to a better more consistent result which became what I valued over higher production numbers.
Decades ago Oxxford had a quota for the people who made the collars on their jackets. You had to make between X & X amount of collars per day. A minimum to earn your pay but a maximum per day because the quality would suffer. It takes time to produce something by hand. If you want it done quicker you minimize the steps and standardize the operations. That's the principle behind RTW.
If I ever produced an advertisement for my business I would use a picture of a tailor working at his bench making a jacket. The picture next to it would be a factory mass producing suits and the owner talking with the production foreman saying, "how can we make more suits at a lower cost?"
Above the tailor would be a bubble saying "how can I make this one suit even better?