Miracle called me about 6:00 AM (MST) knowing that out of everyone she knew, I’d be already be in the office. It was 8:00 PM there and she was ready to unload. She regrets she can’t find the cord to her camera because she says you won’t believe all she’s found otherwise, describing a whole suitcase filled with headers. She says the fabric shows we have stateside aren’t even fabric shows by comparison. She says it’s not even low costs that are the drivers but the range of selection. She says if she were a designer-designer, she’d spend two weeks here just to put a collection together; it’s worth it. She’s says most vendors will do sample cuts for a minimal fee (less than a dollar in addition to per meter cost of goods) cash and carry. She also described the quality of workmanship as exemplary citing examples such as piping the zipper edge of an inside pocket in a hand bag. We must be getting the bad stuff. If we’re hoping to compete on quality, we’d better step up to the plate rather than just talking about it. The good stuff will get here, sooner or later.
She loves the easy navigation of public transit; maps are well designed. Nearly all signage is in English and Cantonese so she’s not having difficulty transacting. While foot traffic is heavy on city streets (she says the people are really small, just imagine how crowded it’d be if they were our sized), you cross them underground.
A geek after my own heart, she’s in love with the phone book (I told her to take it with). She says there’s huge full color glossy ads for fabric suppliers and machinery. She says the luggage carts at the airport are sponsored by YKK. She loves the smart cards used to pay for everything (trains, food, you name it). You don’t have to swipe these (no magnetic strip); a chip is embedded so you don’t even have to take it out of your wallet; just lay the wallet on the device. Summary: these people take trade seriously.
I’m just glad she has children. Otherwise, from the sound of it, she’d never come back.