Owing to the incredible amount of fabric these silk shoe bag use up to make, this limited edition Le Noeud Papillon ziggurat silk below is listed on the website for $375 AUD.
That is not to say that we will get that much for it - that's what we priced it out as. The cost of the limited edition silk to set up the design, split over the number of metres of silk woven, plus the cost of the silk, the air freight, the trimmings, the lining silks and jerseys, the time taken to make the bag and then our margin on top.
Invariably we will lose money on this item. Nobody will purchase it unless it's 50% off or more and sadly the internet has done that to a great many businesses. Where once you could have something unique and expect to get paid for it, these days shoppers know the cash flow constraints of smaller online businesses and will wait and wait and wait and then shop it at a discount.
One particular shopper on a discount website I alerted to our sale made the exact remark mentioned above, "is this guy kidding himself?"
Well no, we're not. But then, I am in no rush to sell them either. For the wonderful thing is that these shoe bags end up making wonderful travelling sales pouches for bow ties. So when I do my rounds with the shops it's wonderful to reveal the new silks from my magical pouch and to protect them in my leather bag there and back.
For many men, having a shoe bag is the last thing that's on their mind when they are heading out the door to go travelling, be it on a plane or in a car. But let me assure you one thing, it's better for your clothes and it's better for your shoes that they are neatly separated out. I don't even want to go into the story about the one time when travelling I had stepped in dog poop, nope, I don't even want to go into that story.
Consider a shoe bag. Doesn't have to be silk.