I’ve been rushing like a crazy person in order to meet the demands for the Spring/Summer selling season. It is important for me to meet this window as fashion works so far in advance. In most cases I am not paid for the work until 6 months after. Being new to the process requires me to spread my risk between projects in order to ensure and increase the chances of money coming in.
That said I hadn’t realised how manic things had been until I was quickly going through designs with a client, when he said ‘slow down this is Bali’. I settled and tried to take my mind off the tight deadlines and the various plates I was juggling in the air.
I made the strategic decision to hold off doing a full photoshoot production until next season. With my London trip coming up I’ve got too much on. In order to support the expected growth of the business, back in February I offered a position to a former colleague to join me in Bali. She will be joining toward the end of August.
I am learning a lot from the owner of my main factory. A Buddhist Balinese who rose from poverty through hard work, honesty and patience. His approach to business is my ideal, I have much to learn from him. How fortunate to have found a mentor who in his own way has found a balance. I can’t believe its only been 3 months that I have been in Bali, I have learned a lifetime worth of lessons in such a short time. I have found a house to move into after I return from London. Things are moving along so wonderfully!