Perhaps a Math Question, Among Other Considerations

Bunkie

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Thought it would be great to put our heads together on this "basket weave" mystery I had been trying to figure out.

So as stated by two SA's I've spoken with, and as some of you have mentioned, it takes two people two days to create one Cabat, as they use the leather strips to mold the bag around a wooden/oak mold. I've also been told that there are only about 14 artisans in this world that are able to create this. In addition, as you know, there are 500 of each color in each size made a year (my new replacement was 467 out of 500 or something), of each size (medium, large, and now in Asian sizes?)

So this being said, considering just the Cabat alone, there are various colors (2 classic colors and let's say 2 to 3 seasonal colors) which are produced at 500 per, and then more than 3 for each size. Given that there are 365 days a year, it's BARELY possible for 14 people who take 2 days to pair up and make 1 bag, 1,000 pieces (which would be just two colors of the same size). So, that would mean that they need to have WAY more than 14 craftsmen? And if so, exactly how many are there?

Just food for thought as I have (strangely) been pondering this. Sometimes, I feel like my SA makes things seem more "exclusive" than they actually are
 

jane

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What would help is knowing how many HOURS it takes to make the bag, rather than how many days, since that doesn't tell you how long the work day is, or if they really mean "48 hours" -- which would actually be more than one working week, etc.
 

Bunkie

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What would help is knowing how many HOURS it takes to make the bag, rather than how many days, since that doesn't tell you how long the work day is, or if they really mean "48 hours" -- which would actually be more than one working week, etc.

My friend also brought up this very good point. However, I feel that considering that they use the quantity "days" it is safe to assume a day is a day - whether 12 hours or 20 hours, they say "it takes 2 days" (for example, if someone worked 16 hours during one day they can't call it 2 days, if it was in the same day)
 

C_24

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Just food for thought as I have (strangely) been pondering this. Sometimes, I feel like my SA makes things seem more "exclusive" than they actually are

Well thank you for sharing this thought! I almost felt guilty to put BV in question!

I`ve been wondering about the exact same thing. How can they possibly produce about 2000 to 3000 cabats a year when it takes this much time and when they just don´t have the craftsmen.

And then I thought, you know, maybe ignorance is a bliss sometimes. They may be telling you stories and you just want to believe them because you feel more comfortable and exclusive with it and maybe we should just stick to the stories and stop analyzing what is fiction and what`s not.

At least that`s what i`ve learned after beginning to work at LV and getting to know what happens behind the scenes ;o)
 

Bunkie

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Most definitely, I believe there is much truth to ignorance being bliss... but sometimes I feel that when a high price is quoted to account for the laborious or "rare" commodities (like that limited Creed fragrance where the lotus flower in Sri Lanka only can be extracted once every 5 years) I feel that it should be true because the company uses that trivia as a reason for the high price.
 

Nymph

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it takes two people two days to create one Cabat,

:yes:

I've also been told that there are only about 14 artisans in this world that are able to create this.

I vaguely remember reading something like that, but I'm not sure if this is accurate. :confused1:

In addition, as you know, there are 500 of each color in each size made a year (my new replacement was 467 out of 500 or something), of each size (medium, large, and now in Asian sizes?)

Only 500 Cabats are created each season - dividied between sizes and colours. Not each colour and each size. Hope that makes things a lil more clear :smile:
 

C_24

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That would make sense, if there were only 50 in Limo, then another 50 in two different seasonal colors (but what about the crocodile and the struzzo versions then?) and the rest made of the classic colors.
 

C_24

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Since my maths has never been that good, you lost me on that one.

When there are 500 in each of the two seasonal colors you mentioned, then they definitely produce more than 500 per year, close to 2500 or even more when you add Nero and Ebano.

But that wouldn`t go with what Nymph said :confused1:
 
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