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Three things I learnt on my first manufacturing trip to China

In September I made my first trip to Guangzhou (the garment and textile region) in China, to meet our potential manufacturers. I went on my own and was lucky to meet some very good suppliers that we are now sampling with. Here are three things I learnt on my first visit: Get your visa early. The Thursday morning that I decided to go to China, I was flying out the following day to Singapore. I saw on the visa website that in order to obtain a visa, you needed to go to the visa centre in person (unlike most other […]

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A bit more about Ciiara: starting a new brand

Whilst we’ve only just launched our blog and don’t have our products for sale just yet, it’s been a long year in planning and preparation. We’d like to share a bit more with you about our journey over the past year and how this project has evolved. September 2017: Chiara, founder of Ciiara came up with the concept during a 3-wk holiday in Spain. The aim was to connect fashion (specifically clothing that allows movement and dancing) with social impact. January 2018: Met with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam. Whilst we didn’t know exactly how the corporate-charity partnership […]

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