FINDING A HANDBAG MANUFACTURER
India has been on my bucket list for years so Ilana and I were hugely excited to go in March last year (can't believe its over 12 months ago!) on our search for manufacturers for our bags and accessories.
STRAIGHT ONTO THE BUSINESS SIDE OF THINGS
Over the previous few months we'd been busy arranging samples to look at when we arrived in India so we couldn't wait to see how they had come up and fortunately we were super happy with them!
The quality of both the materials and craftsmanship was what we had hoped for.
Feeling a little out of our comfort zone we soon felt confident and comfortable and spent the rest of the day in the showroom discussing designs, exploring options and dreaming of the more possibilities.
We managed a tour of the factory, met some of the talented artisans and were treated to a delicious Indian lunch too, yummm.
Our experience with the second manufacturer was equally impressive so we came away feeling proud of ourselves and eager to get started.
At the last minute we were able to fit in a quick visit with Sonica Sarna, a company whose vision and ethos supported our vision.
We're still working on developing products with Sonica but larger minimum quantities can make it difficult when you're a start up, watch this space.
We discovered so many great places to eat, vego is definitely more the norm (which Ilana wasn't convinced about :)) and we discovered Paneer a yummy cheese used in lots of dishes especially fragrant curries.
Cafe Lota at the National Handicraft Museum was more traditional Indian and totally delicious, see the smile on Ilana's face.
The Red Fort - some amazing architecture at this historic fort in central Delhi.
We stayed at the La Lit Hotel in Connaught Place, a nice five-star hotel with a great choice of restaurant, pool and gym and great central place to base yourself to explore Delhi.
This was a great place to stay for our first trip as it felt safe, had a couple of options for eating (including a restaurant with an oversize sofa :)), an outdoor pool, gym and yoga studio and was really central.
And finally we couldn't miss out mentioning our crazy tuk tuk rides all over Delhi, we grabbed Ubers for longer distances but the tuk tuks were a fun way to soak up the spirit of Delhi.