Time flies when you’re loving lingerie! I hadn’t realised how long it’s been since our last post here on the Blog. The past month has been quite busy with the release of Natasha plus my very quick trip to visit our manufacturer in China which is always an adventure!
Being in Australia it’s not far for us to travel with a relatively short 9 hour flight to Hong Kong and another couple of hours by train and taxi after an overnight stay. I did tweet out a pic of the room full of lingerie we utilise to plan samples and possible new releases for the next 12 months or so.
The company owner is a very lovely lady that is certainly not backward in coming forward if she thinks one of my designs is not ‘pretty enough’ for my customers. She likes to make suggestions (I think they’re more like instructions) in terms of colors and lace types. I also met one of the office staff guys this trip that acts as a ‘model’ to test out the fit for the male physique. I think he likes it a little bit too!
I only had a single full day in China itself but there was enough time to do a little bit of shopping and try some of the local cuisine. And beer. And though English will get you by just fine anywhere in Hong Kong, I have an interpreter friend that travels with me each time I’m in China. If you are venturing outside a major city centre or want to haggle, then you will need someone that speaks the local language.
I like a good cup of tea and really enjoy the ceremony around going to a tea shop and sitting down at a tea table. The process is interesting and the flavours vary more than you can imagine. However I like a good cup of coffee too and they are difficult to come by at times. Fortunately the hotel next to mine had a Starbucks in the foyer so I could get a fix for the day. I thought the name written on the side of my cup read ‘handsome westerner’ but my friends think it says ‘prematurely grey headed dude’. My interpreter said it loosely interprets as ‘foreigner’ which is probably being polite.
On the work side of things I think the visit went well. I hope to have a few samples here by the end of next week and will then work out what to order first. I’m also planning on releasing the new black embroidered style either late this week or early in April. Fingers crossed they arrive in the next couple of days.