Hey there, Bill... :-) Long time no see...
I think there always will be a market for custom-made products. The issue is being found by those people with the money, time, and desire for something unique. The increasing disappointment with cookie-cutter and "big box" stores, creating "Mall America" sameness everywhere you go is going to drive the return to customization.
I think the e-commerce and cottage industry boom taking place partly is a result of the outsourcing and layoffs, partly due to Baby Boomers wanting to have their own business, but also a result of this desire for something personal and customized.
Yeah it`s been a while. My wife and I are planning on sending a shirt to a very well known local athelete. I am going to guess on his measurements but include a letter telling him that if the shirt does not fit in any way to please give me a call and if he likes it and knows others that may be interested, to please pass on my information.
My thinking behind this is the fact that we are all built differently. Some have a long torso, others a short torso, long legs, short legs, etc.
I guess my biggest inspiration is my grandmother. She used to work for two women as a seamstress on the east coast of Florida that had their own boutique and had one in Niagra Falls.
Cabo Loco- Paradise is closer than you think.