Wednesday, October 6, 2010
And then there are the shoes, which after the usual year's wait have to be re-made when one of them is too long despite two previous fittings. They were ordered 18 months ago, delivered in their first iteration six months ago, and ready for fitting in November. That means it will be spring at best before they are ready for wear. Two years, if all goes well.
Of course, having things made takes longer when one is unable to travel and needs to wait for the makers to visit. And so I am reminded once again that the visiting artisan process, whether cordwainer, tailor or other craft, works much better when the customer visits the artisan at least half the time instead of waiting passively for his or her periodic local appearances.
Bespoke takes effort on the part of the customer as well as the part of the maker.