Wednesday, May 13, 2009
It was a short but great trip to Shanghai. There I met with some wonderful people mostly factory owners. Things are really tough in China. These are certainly interesting times here. They are all making cuts. Luckily, some of them need design help. While others are just relying (and some reverting back to) copying the same old stuff.
I did find one really bright story. I had dinner with a great guy named David Bannister. We sat outside at Luna in the ultra hip Xin Tian Di. The weather was perfect.
David is a man with a long record of success going far back in the furniture business from Asia. I was so lucky to be able to share dinner and hear all about his experiences. And learn! He's such a cool guy! He's just launched a line of chairs called "Metro" and it's off to a great start! No surprise.
I'm back in Shenzhen and ready to continue designing some new products for fall introductions. So it's back to the grind...◦