And to put a cherry on top of this wonderful week, I have received the most beautiful custom leather jacket from Brian Kaspar at Flat Vernacular.
I worked with Brian to create a one of a kind leather jacket and the ultimate branding machine. For me, I wanted a specific font and look that I knew I wouldn’t be able to recreate on my own. If you have a steadier hand and some fabric paint, I’m sure this could inspire some awesome DIY projects.
With websites like Etsy and Personal Creations, you can pretty much personalize whatever you want. Today, I thought today I would share some tips on working with vendors to create custom projects like my jacket. To me, these tips apply to just about any service you pay for.
- Be Clear. Don’t be afraid of offending the artist if they suggest something you aren’t into, remember that this is your project and both parties will be happier when you leave with exactly what you wanted.
- Set a Budget. Be open with your artist about your budget from the beginning. They can either advise you on how to decrease the cost by cutting out colors or scaling back in size.
- Send Pictures. When I worked with Flat Vernacular, I sent about 20 photos of fonts, colors and sizing I wanted my jacket to have. This made my vision clear and avoided any miscommunication.
Feeling inspired? I’d love to see your custom pieces!