Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Chinese Craftsmanship

Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Image via Beijing Today

As a general rule, the words ‘China’ and ‘quality’ are unfortunately not used together often. This is largely due to the demand for ever lower prices from western multi-national chains for the lucrative discount retail market, as well as the tenacity of the Chinese people to copy luxury goods (sometimes with frightening accuracy!) 

There is, however, a change in the air, and there is a small movement of people determined to show the world that not everything out of China is of poor quality.

Ask any Baby Boomer - when they were growing up, all those cheap imported goodies came from Japan(!)  now one of the most expensive cities in the world, and certainly not considered a hub of cheap factories.

Gradually this shifted to Taiwan. I remember when I was very young seeing the ‘Made in Taiwan’ logo stamped across many items in discount stores. As it stands, China holds the cheap foreign manufacture flag, but not for long. 

With the re-evaluation of the Yuan, sky rocketing labor prices and a growing middle class, China’s days as the worlds' bargain factory are numbered. Not only is the price of the raw materials increasing, it is becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain highly-skilled factory workers. 

That's precisely why it's more important than ever to have amazing suppliers who understand both quality and economy. We travel throughout Asia multiple times a year to meet the fantastic teams who make Jessica T products come to life. Our suppliers are far more than factories - they're friends.

In addition to fab suppliers, China, and especially Hong Kong, is producing some world class designers from all fields to rival those of Milan or London, and the obvious oriental background gives them a fresh take on design. There is definitely a ‘Hong Kong’ style, and with a little insider knowledge it's easy to spot and is becoming increasingly desirable.

For a little glimpse into the latest and greatest designs from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, have a peek at ‘Nicely Made in China’ - times are a-changin'!

xo Jess

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Jessica T Goes International

Tuesday, 9 August 2011
We've got a little bit of travel ahead of us, so before things get too crazy, we took a very quick break in Bali...and we took along our Forest Stripe Sling Leather bag and the Sports Luxe Velcro Visor along with us. Here's a few of their surprising Bali adventures!

Thursday, 4 August 2011


Thursday, 4 August 2011

So here we are, finally firing up the blog again after an amazing (and hectic) few months! We've been busy little bees over on our facebook and twitter pages (including photos from the debut launch party that we just added today!) but we have a few different things in mind for this corner of the internet.

We'll be keeping an eye on the fashion scene in Australia and abroad, sharing a few snapshots from our travels, and giving you even more behind-the-scenes insight into the inspiration, ideas and people behind the Jessica T range.

Watch this space!