We make many products over the course of the year and most of them end up for sale here, on the online store. But we also take custom requests, so I wanted to provide a quick guide on placing a custom order, as well as a few tips that might help you out along the way.
The first thing you need to do is contact Anvil. If you follow RTA on social media you probably have a heads up on what leathers we currently have available to make things out of but we also have a lot of material that doesn't get shown off. If you contact us with an idea of what you'd like we'll send you photographs of the current hides and help you narrow down what your after.
One thing to keep in mind is that while we're happy to make our wallets out of different leathers we're not too keen on modifying the design or coming up with a whole new product. The products we make have been tried and tested and if we're offering a lifetime warranty on something we want to have a pretty good idea of the quality. If we made a truly one off type of design there'd be no way to ensure that the product didn't have some sort-of inherent flaw. When we make one of our wallet styles we make enough of them to have a pretty good idea that the designed elements of the wallet won't fail. Additionally the back and forth of creating a new product especially when a customer is involved in that conversation takes an enormous amount of time... something that's fairly scarce around here. When we stick to our designs we save a lot of that.
Speaking of designs, it's a pretty good idea to browse the website and look at the various styles of products we offer. There is a lot of variety and the product listings give important information like dimensions and hardware. Once you know the product type and the leather its time to move on to the finer details.
A list of details we'll need for a custom wallet include:
Sometimes people want a specific design tooled onto an object. Logos, unique art, and cool designs are all fair game. We really recommend having a high quality reference image though. If you send us a jpeg-y artifact-y blurry image of your logo for instance we will probably have a hard time putting that on your wallet. And I don't want an ugly version of your logo on your nice hand-made wallet any more than you do!
Once we have alllll the relevant details we can get you a quote. Expect Custom wallets generally to fall in the $500-$700 range especially when exotic leathers get involved. Belts are cheaper ~ $200 unless you get hand forged hardware which ups the price significantly. Motorcycle seats can run anywhere from $900 to $1500. Obviously there are always exceptions too. Don't be afraid to shoot me an email if you have something in mind. If you're a fellow maker I do trades too sometimes. Basically It never hurts to ask.
And seriously, if you take the time to engage with me on social media and keep your eyes open you will most certainly have a heads up when awesome hides come into the shop. There's a good bit of my business that never sees a public product listing simply because folks claim sections of hides for their custom orders.
And that's about it. It's not Anvil Customs without reason. I'm always happy to take custom orders. Just keep in touch and keep your eyes open.
The Mini Long Wallet started out as a way to appease some of our customers that liked the long wallet but just wanted something a little shorter. Obviously we do try to listen to our customers' feedback because that's just good business. The original design wasn't even available as a stock item. But folks saw us make a few as requested by some of our customers on social media and before long it had a achieved a somewhat cult status in as much as a style of leather wallet can have a following. Eventually we had enough interest in them to make a version that was available on the website, and they've sold fairly well over the years. That being said, there's always room for improvement. We're constantly looking at ways we can better the styles and designs of our products.