Tomorrow our friends from Korea will come to help out on a Korean Stationery Fair in our shops. I'm especially happy that Pony Brown's designer Mr. Oh and president Ms. Lee will come and meet our customers and press.
The significance of this fair to me is that it was foresaw 4 years ago and it became a reality finally. At that time, I asked myself why we had no sourcing from Korea at all, nothing. They have great products and reasonable price and why nobody ever built a network to get those great stuffs for our customers. Since then a chain of events happened, many failed attempts and empty promises, poor communication due to language and culture differences, nothing worked for one and a half year.
I remember thinking, "it is impossible we cannot do it, it will work especially when everybody says it won't, I will get enough good stuffs and make a Korean Stationery Fair happen." Well, thanks to those who care and those who don't care enough, they put in efforts afterall, this is happening now, not as elaborated as I imagined but it has come true and I appreciate all the small moves. So what happened between nothing and now has a lot to do with tenacity and working out of ones boundaries, which I will share in a talk I will give to a university in Taiwan this year.
If you are in Hong Kong, come meet Pony Brown people this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon where I will also be there in Festival Walk LOG-ON store. There are these 3 rubber stamps for you to stamp on your notebook, they are made specially for this event and for these 2 days only. Don't miss it.
BTW, last Saturday was a great and efficient day I spent with my kid. Bought him a pair of cheapest possible shoes, painted in color he loves, I'm yet to paint a crazy chicken on it though. It was a creative day too, we explored different media for his homework. I even had time to clean up my fountain pens and made a few sketches on my Traveler's Notebook.