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


  1. was actually coming here because i was interested to see where your products were made - so, very glad to find this post. i would love to know whether they are produced under fairtrade conditions as this is something that really guides who i decide to buy from.

    wishing you all the best for 2012.

  2. Hey kp,
    Glad you liked this post! Our goodies are made in China, India and Indonesia, where we personally know each factory owner and have visited each factory ourselves! Its important to us to know where and how our products are made. We ensure we visit at least twice a year to maintain the standards for our products and working conditions. Hope this helps!