Meet LaLa! We just started working with LaLa this past year in Pushkar India, but we can already tell he's a person who we will be friends with for a long time! Once we spent some time with him, we were struck by the fact that LaLa is always giving kindness and respect to everyone around him. He thoroughly epitomizes our belief in "working with people who smile"! We first met him when we tagged along with our shipper who had to drop off labels for another customer. We were immediately impressed with his samples, ethical production facility, and his contagious smile and positive personality. Although we had finished our buy and used our budget, we made a small order to check out his quality and the timing of his production. After our initial order we decided to dedicate a serious portion of our buying budget to grow our relationship.
It's a real adventure working with LaLa in that it's a very different process than working with other vendors from that market. Meeting first in his small factory, overlooking the desert on the outskirts of Pushkar, we chose and developed our own clothing line – deciding on which samples, then the quantities, material, sizing and how many colors or prints for each design. Later on we met again eight hours away in the vast and extremely crowded clothing market outside of Delhi to visit the big fabric wholesalers to choose our materials and prints. This gives us a whole new level of choices that are simply not available in other markets where our goods come from. Lala has great relationships with many of the larger suppliers who also adhere to the "working with people who smile" business philosophy. Working with LaLa makes what could be a long, grueling, and hectic process into a really fun and rewarding adventure with awesome outcomes and results!
Journey along with Pete, Kim, and Carly as LaLa leads us through fabulous fabric markets that the local artisans frequent, where we found some of the most magical textiles for our awesome new clothing collection. You’ll see many of these creations now at Mexicali stores and mexicaliblues.com, with more coming this week!