Commissioning work needn't be intimidating and more expensive!
Approaching a craftsperson and asking them to make something for you can be a big deal - what if I come across as demanding or my ideas are ridiculous? - and commissioning a piece of work can seem intimidating at the outset.
But, although I understand this wholeheartedly, ordering something bespoke to you is usually a pleasure for the maker and shows you appreciate their skills. Here's an idea of what will happen when you commission a piece of work from Red Bike Leatherworks.
Get in touch with your idea or question via email / DM / having a chat.
I'll let you know if I can help you with your design, give an estimate of how long it will take and send a quote for the work.
We'll work together (via email or in person) to make sure the design / leather / personalisation is as you'd imagined. I'll often draw and then mock up a design to show you.
I'll invoice you and take payment before I get started.
On larger projects I'll keep you up to speed on my progress.
When complete, you'll get a photo showing the finished piece before it's carefully wrapped and posted to you. Simple!
Price-wise at RBL, bespoke work may cost slightly more than an ready made piece. The extra cost is generated if I have to source new materials or make a new pattern, but often - say you'd like a different combination of leather colours than the one you've seen - it will cost exactly the same.
It's always worth asking!