...but how do you find a good local builder? I've been carrying the same off-brand, made in China shoulder bag on my morning commute for far too long, and I'm more than willing to spend some money on a quality (and more importantly local) product. I have a feeling, though, that googling "local bag maker" isn't going to help me out much.
I'm sure this isn't as much a problem in Brooklyn or LA, but is there a reliable way of finding local shops via, say, the internet? I don't see myself hanging out at the local polo matches or what have you to ask the locals (if there even are any; I've seen very very few fixed gear bikes here in DC), so word of mouth isn't all that reliable.
How would you guys go about it?