I know this doesn't exactly relate to climbing, but it does indirectly. A couple of my buddies and I have been working on a tent design, and are looking for a company who is willing to make a small batch of tents.
Any of you have any experience designing your own gear?
Lots of these guys that manufacture or got caught up in it, if only because they couldn't find what they wanted on the market, are probably willing to deal with you (I think I've heard of small companies that do custom builds) but then, if they can do it, so can you. learn to sew. get on it.