He is causing a lot of headaches. Everything is ready; leather, pattern, concept, and etc… except for the main lock. Theodore collection will have Theodore tote, Theodore backpack, and Theodore business bag. Now come to think of it, “Theodore” collection is still a few years away from being complete as its travel bag will compromise of an entire luggage collection. So.. Yes, he will guarantee to cause me for more headaches down the road. Yet, who says a Great thing comes in easy?
My goal or plan was to introduce 3 bags first and later work on the luggage. Before traveling to Italy, I felt very confident that my Italian hardware maker would do the right job upon receiving this first sample. This lock works beautifully and I was very tempted to settle on this… However, there is one major issue or difference in the philosophy that I simply could not.
It was really difficult to express my idea over the phone, drawing, or email.. so I had to visit them again in November last year.
Below right is the 2nd sample I had received. I believe they tweaked it little from my design to make it possible, but it was worth than the 1st one. Not feeling confident if I was talking to a right company (wasting $1500 on 2 sample development combined), I had to temporarily hold off on it until I find the new company.
For past 6 months, I have been searching and contacting various companies who could make my lock come alive…. and this week, I am traveling to meet one of the candidate company.
Please wish me luck and I will keep updating on “Theodore” collection progress.