My husband says that I.N.D.I.A is an acronym for “I’ll never do it again”, but I do not feel the same way. This was trip number 7 for me to this diverse, crazy and sensory overloaded country. Each trip offers new experiences, new insights and new inspiration.
The focus of this trip to India: buying for Spring/Summer 2015. Yup, we work about 6 months in advance at Beck & Boosh. Before I boarded the plane, Beck and I had planned out the collections, concepts we wanted and then ideas we had for the new seasons. It’s a collaborative process and one that gets the creative side of our brains rolling.
I like to think of my trip to India as product development. I bring designs, talk with our manufactures and get new products made. Together, back in Canada, we will complete the buying process. Phew! It’s a real process! But, an awesome one- that’s for sure.
At Beck & Boosh, we deal with small manufacturers throughout India. EVERY single product is handmade. Nothing is made by machine, and each piece helps to create jobs for hundreds of Indians. During this trip, I visited the factories we deal with to check on the standards, learn about the process of each product and to meet the employees. It’s part of what we stand by at Beck & Boosh and we feel proud to state that our imported products are designed in Nova Scotia, and made in India. You can wear your Beck & Boosh jewelry knowing that you are in fact, helping to employee over 200 people in India.
For 3 days I attended the Indian Handicrafts Gift Show, one of the largest in Asia. Here I scoped out new trends, met with companies and interacted with our competitors.
This is Natashia, she owns and operates one of the companies that we deal with. She is a strong woman, who works hard and has a great team!
This is Sachit (right) and his brother and their manager. We have been working together for over a year and they create most of our statement pieces. They are the kindest men and great to work with! Here we are in their showroom.
This is inside Sachit’s manufacturing facility. Every single piece is handmade by a team of 25 people.
During this trip, I met the most amazing sisters from Delhi and together we created really unique designs that we are so excited to bring you in Spring 2015. It’s incredible to work with a female run company in a male dominated society.
This is Melissa and Maneesh and I have been working with them for 5 years. They were the very first company I bought from in India and they continue to have a very strong relationship with Beck & Boosh. Love them!
These are new Beck & Boosh necklaces being handmade in one of our small factories in Moradabad. Each piece is designed, cut, sanded, polished and plated by hand.
This is inside the factory in Moradabad. Here the men are applying the antique finish to each bangle. These bangles are being shipped to one of the largest fashion companies in the world!
Even after seven trips to India, I choose to stay in the smaller hotels in the rambling streets of Delhi. It feels more authentic and there is a charm to the “backpacker” area. It’s busy and crazy, but it is true India and that is what keeps me coming back. I like doing business in India and I like the people I work with, who have become family to me and Beck & Boosh.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued support at Beck & Boosh, so we can continue to employ not only Canadians, but also hundreds of people in India. This country, as hectic as it is, has become a second home to me in many ways. I take pride in the family run companies that we deal with and I hope you will too, as you wear your Beck & Boosh jewelry.
Till the next journey,
Beck & Boosh xo