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Factory Trip

portugal trip report:

volcanic ash disruption no problem
huge queue in the airport slight problem
sunshine and warm days in Portugal no problem
plenty of Portuguese food and wine no problem at all!

I think the numbers look something like this (although I didn't honestly keep track)

Portuguese egg tarts (half a dozen or so)
new foods experienced 3 (fig compote, arroz tamboril, cozido a Portuguesa)
factories visited 6
fabric mills visited 1

morning runs 2
nights in an ancient monastery converted to a hotel 3
glasses of wine (hmmm....average 3 per day?)*
*my count only if I included Simon's in the total it would just be embarrassing!
our days were of course spent working away, Simon and I visited the factories that we use in Portugal to review Spring/Summer 2011 samples and visit some of the factories that are new to us and we hadn't yet visited.

All of the factories we use globally are visited by us and undergo a code of conduct assessment to make sure the working conditions are good and workers are treated well. We currently have all of our factories listed on our site, and with the launch of our shiny new site (hopefully in the Autumn) we will be able to tell you more about factories and include pics...in the meantime, please do contact me or Hicksey if you have any questions on this topic. kim@howies.co.uk

visit to factory in the North, nice location (vineyard and river to the right)

visit to the factory that makes the seamless styles (currently women's leggings and undies...stay tuned for more comfy seamless styles in the future


T-shirt factory

In the can

  • Posted by james
  • 24 February 2009


I've just returned to Hong Kong, after the spending the day shooting in the howies denim factory in china, the main goal and aim after all this traveling. It was definitely a highlight that's for sure.

It's an amazing place they have going out here...not what you think when you see 'Made in China' and I hope the pictures do the place and people justice.

So now, I guess...thats it...job done.

The Numbers...

Days on the road: 21
Distance traveled: 7940 miles (roughly)
Trains caught: 8
Trains missed: 1 (thanks to the welsh snow)
Time spent on trains: 9 days 2 hours
Photos taken: 1371 x digital, 396 x 35mm, 29 x medium format, 19 x polaroid, 1 x camera phone
Countries visited: 9
Visa's issued: 5
Visa's rushed through last minute: 5
Amount of money spent on visa's: too much
Books read: 3
Instant noodles eaten: 16
Man flu caught: 1
Man flu downgraded to mere cold: 1
Flights taken: nil
Best job's ever: 1

OK, You may think why didn't I fly, or as someone quite rightly commented on an earler blog, 'isn't all this travel bad for the environment'... well yes it is. But personally I'm not going to stop, I can't. I do it for work and I do it for pleasure...it's just me. So this was an experiment into another way for me to travel, a way that treads a little lighter. Slow Travel.

Tomorrow I'm leaving Hong Kong, but i'm not coming home...I may be some time yet.

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