HOW WE WORK - BESPOKE PRODUCTS
BESPOKE / CUSTOM PRODUCTS
In order to make our working with you on your own special products simpler and more efficient we have developed some guidelines by which we need to work. We hope that these will be clear to you from the start so that errors are minimised and time is not lost, both in sampling and production. Below are some pointers to help you prepare to develop your own products more easily.
HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN PRODUCTS WITH US
We are experienced in this field and are very happy to work with you to develop a range of highly attractive, unique and sellable items for you. We are able to make a very wide range of shapes, sizes, colours and finishes of leather boxes and other products. We have developed a ‘standard’ range of leather boxes, small leather goods, frames and other products.
All products have to be sampled first and the samples have to be fully approved before production can commence. Any alterations that need to be made to the first samples will require further samples to be made. If the alterations needed are our fault, we will re-sample free of charge. If, however, you require alterations to the original designs agreed, a charge will normally be made.
We can work from any clear black on white artwork (photocopy, photograph or transparency). These could be taken from a textile, a detail of furniture, ceramic, carpet design, book cover, wallpaper etc. We are happy to advise you on what is possible to emboss well and the sorts of products that really sell. We can often work to price points that may be important to you.
- You will need to determine if there is a particular theme you wish to pursue such as something from a specific exhibition you are planning, a period of art, a collection of motifs etc.
- Next we will need to find suitable images in your library or other material you may have. At this point we will advise you what we can make using the selected images.
- Particular colours may be relevant to fit into a theme. Our standard colours are black, brown, blackberry, burgundy, dark red, red, dark purple, purple, navy, blue, dark green and green. There are some further colours, which have a 10% surcharge: fuchsia, emerald green, orange, royal blue, gold and aqua and 15% surcharge for tan and natural. This covers the extra wastage of leather incurred. We can often match Pantone colours if required. This will attract an extra 15% charge. Please also note that some colours are sensitive to light and may change over time. We will advise you of this when discussing your requirements.
The size and placement of your logo and/or design come next. We will be able to assist you with this. We are specialised in blind embossed work (raised embossing) but are able to stamp, gold and silver block and even screen print. Our standard prices include one blind embossed surface per item. Extra and other forms of embossing will be quoted to you as necessary. Each item needs its own specifically sized metal block for each surface embossed.
Once the final samples have been approved and your order processed, no further alterations can be made.
Sampling normally takes 4-6 weeks from receipt of your artwork in our office. In periods of maximum production, our suppliers sometimes require even longer but we will inform you if this is the case. Please note we will communicate with you when we have received your artwork with a full list of what you have requested, for your signature of confirmation. In this way we both understand what is being sampled on your behalf and the costs involved, (costs may be approximate in the case of special sizes etc.)
Production of your subsequent order normally takes 6-8 weeks from receipt of your order. Timing can depend on the quantity required and also the time of the year you are ordering. We can give you a verbal idea of timing but the confirmed date of dispatch to us by our suppliers will be given to us only a few days after receipt of the confirmed order by them and this will be communicated to you.
If there are specific deadlines involved, please let us know before we begin sampling so that we can be sure to fulfil them or inform you at once if it is not possible for us to meet them.