Our home team head to Delhi in India to visit our rug supplier… read more
Developing new products for AW13 means a hectic schedule of visiting textile suppliers in India – which our Head of Buying Liz describes as the ‘manufacturing heartland for textiles’. The buyer and designer from each of our home product categories head out to India whilst Liz and Jo (Head of Design) join the teams at various stages on their trip. This means a whistle stop tour of factories in China, Hong Kong and India.
The rug supplier is about an hour drive out of Delhi. Having said that it can take a couple of hours as traffic is unpredictable and India has traffic jams that are like no others they’ve experienced!
Tell us about your typical day at the rug supplier?
Liz: The Laura Ashley team work with the design team at the vendor to create the exact product specification. They work on yarn thickness, colour and construction to develop the perfect Laura Ashley product.
Where did you stay?
Liz: We stay at the Hyatt Delhi. This is a popular hotel with buyers from many companies due to its location slightly out of the centre of Delhi and nearer to the airport.
Your favourite place to visit in this area of India? Why do you love India?
Liz: As a tourist I love Jaipur in the heart of Rajasthan. The massive amount of history layered within the forts, palaces and empires is fascinating. Endless stories along with awe inspiring architecture make India a colourful place to visit.
What are the chalk drawings in your images?
Liz: When we arrive at vendors we often have interesting welcomes. This can vary from the entire factory staff standing outside of the building with a ‘Welcome’ banner to chalk drawings on the floor made from coloured powder. We often have marigold petals thrown over us too! Such a warm welcome!
Have you visited India on your travels? Tell us about your favourite place below or tweets us @LauraAshleyUK