After decades now of working with crew in China (and many other countries) to make clothes and accessories: I firstly want to say that they are epic partners in so many ways - all the negative media is so wrong.
Many of the factories I’ve been to in Asia make Australian factories look like third world countries.
I’ll never forget the morning I struggled to get to this garment district in Hong Kong with my boss and we stumbled around with our two word Chinese vocab to the sketchy looking entry to a twenty story building that looked in need of repair.
Only lifts were these massive two door clonkers that 30 people at a time were hopping in to get to work. Stepped inside and theres a sign sticky taped to the side wall that said (as the photo shows) “General Fright Lift”. I was already reading the fine print as the doors shut and we headed up.
Sounds like a drama about to unfold I know but nothing happened.
I always kept that photo cause I thought it was funny, but it also shows how easily shit can get lost in a bad translation !
I’m gonna start writing loads about manufacturing offshore, and the key reason I can do it so easily is because I have been there a lot and I know that all the people we deal with over there are exactly the same as you and me.
If your work is precise and clear and your instructions well written and polite there is little room for error.
This is one of the keys to good design work…….manufacturing “partners”. Nobody is beneath you in this world.