Gary has worked in the Ettinger factory since he was 16 and, needless to say, has a wealth of experience under his belt. He is the main pattern and sample maker and is also the factory manager.
Pattern making means transforming a 2D drawing (or sometimes nothing more than a small description over the phone) into a working 3D model by creating all the necessary parts of the item. These parts are
generally made of cardboard first and then hand cut in leather.