We always order Italian leather but from American companies that buy overseas and then sell to us. This has been great! However, more and more don’t keep the leather in stock anymore. So wait time has increased, minimums have increased and so have prices. So being the savvy business woman that I am, I thought why not try to go direct. I like to support the American leather companies, but every now and then, ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
After the initial inquiry, the invoice just looked like a bunch of numbers. Trying to figure out what it all meant took some back and forth emails from very different time zones for several days. Thank goodness one of my new assistants is from Ireland…she helped with the (M2) Meter squared vs. the square foot. Although we still couldn’t figure out how to calculate it, at least we knew what it meant. Once we figure out what our costs were, it was time to pay the bill. But not the American way as credit cards are not accepted, so now to figure out how do to a wire transfer overseas.
When all was said and done, it cost us a little more upfront, but a lot less in the long run. And we got the exact color we wanted for Fall 2013!
The joys of growth.