A few weeks ago I was in Paris and walked into the Hermes store with my fiance, who wanted an agenda cover (no, this doesn't end up the same way as that other thread ). While she was looking I went into the wallet section and asked to see card cases. Loved the interior layout of one of them (two vertical pockets and a longer, horizontal pocket on each side for a total of six; the number of cards I carry). However, they didn't have a leather/color I loved, and for 445 euro before VAT refund, I thought I'd better love it. Well, after I got back I started thinking that if I were spending that, I should just get something made... So, I emailed Valextra to ask about custom jobs. They came back telling me it was doable, I could have a case made to those specifications (same size, six pockets) and that the price would end up being the same as Hermes OTR (since I would only have received 12% VAT back on Hermes but the full 19% if ordering from Valextra direct to the US). However, I've never had custom leather goods done before, and this is something their artisans would be making from scratch (so I don't have a sample to look at before I do it). On the one hand, I think it's very cool to have something one of a kind, but on the other it's a lot of money and I won't be able to see it until it's done and has shipped. I know that there are other companies who do custom leather work, but Valextra is my favorite and if I were going to do it I'd go with them 100%. I'd be very interested to hear people's thoughts on the subject. I'm guessing that nobody here has ordered custom from Valextra, since even here it's still a bit uncommon, but I'd appreciate the thoughts of anyone who's considered commissioning something that was in essence "made to measure" vs. "made to order".