Jake and I recently did a stint in Japan, China, and Hong Kong. We try to do these trips a handful of times each year for inspiration, fabric sourcing and a general refresh from the Monday-Friday. It's pretty important that you step away from what you're doing regularly and break the weekly cycle.
This was my first trip to these countries, but Jake could probably fill out a few passports with stamps from these places alone. We were in Japan for a full 3 days which were streetwear and food-focused - For those of you who hadn't put two-in-two together, we really dig food! The evening in Japan was much the same, but we threw in a few Fishing tackle stores we wanted to check out. For those of you wanting to check out the streetwear culture here make sure you have your days well planned out and be sure to hit Shibuya and Harajuku at the very least.
From Japan, we flew to Hong Kong for a 5-hour sleep to then catch a bullet train to Guangzhou, China. We had a few days here to source fabrics for our up-coming ranges. We design our quarterly indents 12 months in advance, so at the moment we are in the midst of designing our Spring 2020 collection. The Fabric markets are located in Zhongda, there are thousands and thousands of fabric stalls here. There are an estimated 100,000 people that work within this area weekly, just a fraction smaller than our hometown of Mount Maunganui/Tauranga.
From Guangzhou, we shot back down to Hong Kong for the remainder of our trip. We hit a few of the must do streetwear, food and fishing joints. Amongst the madness that is Hong Kong we enjoyed a few tall tins of whatever from your local 7-eleven. A good way to end the trip, Hong Kong is full on!
Throughout the trip, we were lucky enough to be given a Fujifilm X-T30 to snag some frames! Because of its size, it was so easy to travel with and a beast of a camera. Have a peep at what we captured thanks to Fuji NZ below.