Last week I received a shipment of fabric.
One was 40 yards to replace the roll that just ran out, this stuff is expensive.
Another roll was a fabric that I've used before, and decided to try again because I liked it so much, and it was slightly on sale, which is always good.
The other two were new, but I was familiar with their properties, so decided to give them a go, just to keep things fresh and exciting around here.
The fifth roll was totally my choice. I saw it and said fuck it and paid money for it.
It may not have been the wisest choice, but sometimes you just have to say fuck it and cross your fingers.
My son does not like it for bike stuff but said a backpack might be cool.
It's actually fun trying to make a fabric work.
Lot's of brain-work.
It's fun having a lot of fabric to choose from.
But most of the time, it's better just to have one type of fabric.
Having one type of fabric is very liberating psychologically.
Kind of like Einstein wearing the same clothes every day.
You focus on the work.
Along with the rolls were two samples of a new fabric they just developed.
It was the first time, in a long time, that I looked at a fabric and said "what the fuck is this?"
-In a good way.
I did some research, checked out the design intention and application, checked to see if any other bag makers used it, none.
Then I checked to see who was using this. I found some people on the east coast and looked at their construction.
It turned out, they were using this in a significantly heavier and more critical way. The stitches and tacks were very strong and reinforced with other material in critical areas. Good stuff.
I noticed the thread was significantly thicker than my t-70 and t-139. Very good.
This meant anything I wanted to try would be fine.
I was so excited I checked back with my supplier about specific construction requirements. He has a pretty good understanding of what I do, so he recommended a few other variants of the new fabric.
Popped them in the mail, and again, I was blown away.
I rolled some seams and tried a few stitches, filled the structure with water, and it held 100%, without any seeping from the seams. Now I did not test it over a seven day period, like I usually do, but it was pretty darn impressive!
At this point, I showed the fabric to my test team.
All responses started with "whoa, what the f#ck is this?"
That was a good response.
Afterwards,discussions about application, aesthetic, function, pricing, and proposed usage led to agreements and disagreements.
I'm excited about this. Probably because it's new?
But mainly because it will build into something new, that I've never seen. That's fun.
This is the best part of my job, being excited about what could be.
And so I'll try.
If it works, great. If not, I'll at least have a bad ass set of bags for myself.