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.
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