Currently sitting in the Narita Airport, waiting to head home after a week in Asia. Our first stop was 4 days in Shanghai, attending one of the world’s largest textile shows in hopes of further expanding our ideal of Goods For Life and the everyday wearable function we live for. China is an interesting place, and even more so if it is a place that you have been a few times. If you’ve never been, it’s easy to generalize it as a behind the times country full of communists who steal American jobs. That’s not entirely false, but at the same time, it’s a country on the verge of a self-awakening. It’s government has already realized the power it has, and we feel like ever time we go there the youth of China begin to realize that they can actually think for themselves. It’s a trip to see how westernized the country becomes trip after trip. There’s a lot of beauty to be found in their skyline. Gold embellished temples contrasted against a new glass walled skyscraper with pink sunsets. Rows of concrete mega complexes, all in a line one after another like soldiers in form. The repetition in landscape is something surprisingly comforting. All this is contrasted with days of smog so bad that you’re afraid to go outside. The wafting smell of sewage on the streets. A cultural difference of what “personal space” means. You have to take the with good with the bad here, but there is undoubtedly inspiration everywhere.