This past weekend, Kanchan Couture was invited to participate in an International Design Fair in Shenzhen, China. Thinking this would be the perfect way to test the collection in the mainland market I jumped on the opportunity, little did I know the weekend would throw me on a roller coaster ride. Don’t think there are quite enough words in the English language to describe the emotions; experiences and learning that came my way. Traveling to China on a regular basis I though this would be no different..….little did I know.
It all started with being stuck at the custom declarations for 8 hours with none of the officers having a clue as to what the rules are and what should be done, in terms of bringing garments into China. Arriving at the fair set up much later than expected and hearing that it was closed and we had to set up later on, which was a lie. As at the end we did set up and were allowed to be there till 10pm.
The night was then spent in fear as there was no real night storage and one was just suppose to leave all their belongings at the booths.
Spent the weekend arguing with the bi-polar fair organizers about customs and what “should” be done, showing the collections to potential buyers who gave great feedback, judging what the most popular pieces that were picked up by the china market and how that was different to the Hong Kong market, looking around to see what other innovative design concepts were / are blooming and breathing in all that the china market has to offer. Off course not to forget eating congee and noodles for breakfast, having an interesting pedicure and most importantly practicing the few words I know in Mandarin.
_Never believe anything the government says and get more than all the paper work needed for customs
_China is a great market with people being uber open to new ideas and concepts
Some images from a mall in sz....My favorite Armani - Anmani?
All in all I got to spend my weekend doing what is high value to me – sharing my prints, fabrics and collections with new people, eating amazing food at amazing prices and spending quality time with my boy…….ah what more does one need from life!!
Life is beautiful….