Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What making 168,000 Trolley Bags Looks Like

It has been a damn long time coming, but production of my first big sale is finally under way!

For those interested that don't know, I am working for an export and manufacturing company that focuses primarily on producing bags. This order is for a rolling trolley bag that will end up in the US eventually.

This is actually our biggest sale to date and I am just beginning to see what that means. Until now 168,000 was just a big number in a bunch of emails. Now as the fabric and handles are starting to roll in the ridiculous size is starting to sink in. Going to the factory now is like being awash in a sea of girly colored fabric with the occasional island of zillion handle frames.

Here is what 40,000 disassembled handles looks like in boxes. (You can use Chris for scale)

And here is what they look like what about 1/2 of them are assembled.


This is just one of the dozens of stacks thousands cut bag pieces that line the hallways and floors.
There are about 50 in each bundle.

Here is a stack of 100 or so lovely fake crocodile skin handles. That will eventually be sewn on.

And this is of course where the magic happens 6 days a week 10 hours a day...

Tomorrow there are supposed to be 2,000 done (1.1%!) done for us to go check out and then we really ramp things up. At this rate we need to make 5,000 or so a day to catch the dead line! It's going to be a hell of a month!

More later.

1 comment:

  1. "You can use Chris for scale"

    And for eye candy….