....no photos right now. I'm actually in a meeting with a vendor right now, watching Vincent argue with them....
all I can say is that China is getting expensive.
Hotel prices in mainland China have gone up 25% to 50%, costs at the vendors are going up for finished goods, and now, just now, a saddle vendor just told me that that its cheaper to buy Kevlar from Italy and import it to their factory in China than to just buy it from a local Chinese supplier....wtf.
On a lighter note, I've been visiting a lot of bag vendors lately.
Went to the makers of Acme Made, Head Porter, Burton, Nixon, Billabong, Kate Spade, Samsonite, Kipling, Oilily, and Incase....some overlap in there, but basically 3 different factories in 3 days.
Some amazing stuff. Nice and clean factories, super advanced assembly lines and tons of manual stitching and hand-made sweat going into these things.