Earlier this year, koi designer Kathy Peterson and the koi team journeyed to Asia. The third destination was China. Here are some of Kathy’s thoughts on the China portion of the trip:
China is always an interesting place to visit. I always amazed by the speed in which they put up buildings especially in Shanghai. The skyscrapers are pretty spectacular. It is always gruelling going to China because it means visiting factories for sourcing and production. The factories are always a few hours outside of the city and it means 14+ hour days. We usually find our novelty fabrics and trimmings here.
I visited one of our factories on this trip while they were on production with our Fall styles. I was really happy with what I saw. The quality looked good and I was impressed with the workers and condition of the factory. As a company we are very particular about the factories we use. It is a constant challenge to find factories in China that have good working condition, quality workmanship and are stable and reliable. In the my Asia trip video, you will get a glimpse of my factory visit. On the way to the factory I stopped at a restaurant and saw an orange fish in a fish bowl. I always take it as a good omen for a successful trip.
See some video highlights of Kathy’s trip below.
Great news—we’re having our once-a-year Warehouse Sale on November 6 & 7, 2009.
It’s just two weeks away! So if you live in the Los Angeles area or if you’ll be visiting the LA area on those dates, you won’t want to miss it!
At the sale, you can save up to 80% off on 1,000’s of koi designer scrub tops, pants & more! Prices start at $5 and nothing will be over $20. We’ll even pay the sales tax!
Plus, at the sale, you can get a sneak peak of our new Spring 2010 Collection, which will be on sale at authorized koi retailers starting in January.
The sale will be for two days only.
Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, 10 am to 3 pm
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, 9 am to 2 pm
Our Los Angeles area warehouse:
275 W. Walnut Street
Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
(Just off Freeway 91, less than 30 minutes south of downtown Los Angeles)
We hope to see you there! Come early for best selection!
You’ll look great this fall and winter in our newest Kathryn tops. These stylish, head-turning new print tops are flattering for all shapes and sizes. Get them while they last at your local authorized koi retailer.
From left to right: Our new Kathryn tops include Nordic Stripe (115PR-NDS), Graffiti (115PR-GRW), Vision (115PR-VIS) and Snow Queen (115PR-SNQ).
Above: Sanchon, one of the many beautifully designed restaurants you can find in Korea.
Earlier this year, koi designer Kathy Peterson and some members of the koi creative team packed their bags for a trip to the Far East. The second destination was Korea. Here are some of Kathy’s thoughts on this part of her journey:
There are many interesting things about Korea that most people don’t get a chance to see. As a society, they really value aesthetics. I noticed this in the interior of buildings, mainly restaurants. My friends and business associates in Korea are always so kind and find the best restaurants to take me. It is always very challenging for them because I am a vegetarian and Korea is well known for their beef. They found a great restaurant for me named Sanchon that had its own unique story. Sanchon was created by a monk. At this restaurant, they serve typical temple cuisine that is all vegetarian and utilize vegetables and plants from the temple’s nearby surroundings. I love this concept. It was an amazing experience to sit on the floor and eat dinner under beautiful lotus shaped lanterns. If I could have fit them in my suitcase I would have taken a few.
Nearby this restaurant is a great shopping area that is devoted to creative individuals and artists. It was incredible to see individual artist with their own storefronts selling their unique creations from food, art, jewelry, clothing, and home decor. Everything about this building was creative. The floors were built on a gradual incline so you could reach the top of the building by just walking forward and never past the same store in this direction. It was so refreshing to see this in contrast to the big department stores and chains we see in the US. I love countries that supports creative artists and entrepreneurs. I hope in the near future we will see more places like this in the US.
Above: A unique shopping mall in Korea devoted to the work of creative artists.
While I was in Korea I found beautiful sheets and bedding. This fabric inspired our new Bella top. It is incredibly silky and is the perfect softness to have against your skin. I also love that it has a slight sheen to it. The mismatched buttons designed to go on this top were inspired by the beautiful artwork created by one of the artists in Korea. I chose to mismatch the buttons because it represents the uniqueness of an artist along with the imperfection of art. I think when this is done right it can be beautiful. Sometimes when something is too perfect it doesn’t come across as authentic.
Another lesser know fact is that Korea has a high percentage of plastic surgeries. Plastic surgeries are common and acceptable there. I discovered this when I would look through Korean fashion magazines and see that a third of the magazine was devoted to plastic surgery advertisement. I have to admit that many of the women there are beautiful and have incredibly milky skin. Their preference there is for lighter whiter skin. Tanning is not popular in Japan, Korea, or China. Whiter skin is considered more attractive and many of the cosmetics sold in Asia contain a whitener.
Shopping is always good here. Korea has these great outdoor markets that open at 12:00 PM when the regular stores are closed. You can almost have a 24-hour shopping experience if you choose to. The other incredible thing is that you will see lots of couples in department store together. Often times it is a way they spend time together on the weekend. It is also unbearably crowded on the weekends because of this. Just another reason to love Korea. Any country that would promote shopping together as an activity is my kind of country.
Check our blog for more highlights from Kathy’s Far Eastern trip soon.
With October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’re excited to introduce the koi Hope Breast Cancer Collection to help support breast cancer research. Included in this limited edition collection are exclusive versions of our popular Kathryn and Bridgette tops featuring our unique Hope print. koi will donate $2 from the sale of each Hope top toward breast cancer research.
Also part of this collection is our Hope bracelet. koi is donating $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every bracelet sold through December 2009, for a minimum contribution of $15,000.
Join koi in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing items from our Hope Breast Cancer Collection at your local authorized koi retailer. Together, we can make a difference.
Above from left to right: koi Kathryn top (115PRM-HPE) and Bridgette top (129PRM-HPE) featuring our Hope print to support breast cancer research.
Above: koi Hope bracelet (806). koi is donating $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® for every bracelet sold through December 2009, for a minimum contribution of $15,000.