Let me tell you the story of how I ended up here in the first place. I could go way back, about a few months to a year, when it all really started, because I had this obsession with getting myself a silk kimono style dress that I refused to sew for myself (I hate sewing). I don’t know why I had this issue about the dress, but I wanted one badly. I mean, I was going nuts for a kimono dress.
This led me to eBay where I found this seller who made designer inspired copies, in China, but she was based in California. Have I told the kimono dress story before? Dunno. Anyhow, the problem was she used polyester for everything. Cheap polyester. I tried to convince her to use silk, even offered to send it to her myself. I mean, what is the point of custom made if you’re going to use cheap fabric? She said no, that she had problems with that in the past. I tried to convince her that I was different, after all, I knew what I was doing. I could sew, I was getting into manufacturing, I had read Kathleen’s book. No dice.
Well, she ticked me off so much that I vowed to find a way to get my kimono dress custom made in China, one way or the other. By the way, I do not have that dress, I lost interest, I have the attention span of a child.
So, back to the story. Some time later, I actually found someone to fill all my fantasies and make custom clothing for me. After placing a few orders, I asked her about fabrics and she offered to send me swatches. What I expected to receive, literally, was an envelope with small cut pieces of fabric stapled to a card or something. You know, really low budget. What I got was a huge package of headers.
So me, being me, said, ooooh, I need to go to Hong Kong.
Yes, a package of headers is what got me here. What I expected was an area with different fabric showrooms. At best, I thought there would be a couple dozen companies in this area, selling fabric. I expected to only find a few good leads as I expected most to cater to larger manufacturers. When I tried to settle on a time to go, I tried to pick a time during which there would be a trade show. Early October just worked out for me (time-wise) considering my other stuff, I had MAGIC in August, I have to go to NYC later this month and I have 3 young children so my international travel actually involves prayers, moving mountains, putting people under trances to get their cooperation, fairy dust, lots of bribery and crying, begging and screaming. Oh and lots of guilt trips. Heavy on the guilt trips.
After searching the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center’s website, I found Interstoff Asia. Yes! A trade show! Later, random browsing of the Amethyst Handbag Library led me to discover that the APLF Fashion Access show is being held at the same time. Now, this gives credibility to my travel. This way, when people ask, why are you going to HK, I can say “two trade shows” as opposed to “oh, there was this kimono dress and some headers and…”