As the winds rage outside, I take advantage of our indoor confinement to write about our adventures in Hangzhou and Yi Wu over the last two days.
Two back-to-back factory visits and a bullet train ride later, by Friday afternoon, we had gained clearer insight about our design goals.
On Thursday we visited a sock factory called Orient Befit which produces 30% of USA’s branded socks. We marveled at the complexity of the design of each sock and the highly efficient machines that fabricate these socks.
Our next visit started early next morning to a factory in Yi Wu that manufactures compression wear for athletes. What might have taken us 3 hours by road took us 40 minutes by the bullet train!
Even though the factory building is old and not as well maintained as the sock factory, their products and machines are top quality.
They even use a mighty laser cutter to create their gear!
After our visit and a new working agreement with the company we were treated to a lavish lunch at a nearby hotel by the company owner! :O
Our trip ended with much excitement mingled with fear because of the impending typhoon. We hurried back to Hangzhou with ideas and plans for our visits to Yi Wu over the next few weeks.