Development Trip To China | Tyler Way

For those that haven’t had the opportunity to take in the wonders of Chinese footwear development, designer Tyler Way has done a brilliant job of capturing it. From the factory floor, to impromptu games of Basketball, development trips in China are often, ‘interesting’ and very random to say the least. On my last trip alone, Omar and myself ended up in a Chinese hospital (Don’t EVER go to a Chinese hospital, unless you really, really need to), drove (mostly on the wrong side of the road) to hidden factories in the middle of nowhere, gambled in Macau and did a whole host of other, random, ish.

Though there isn’t quite as much drama here, these pictures still beautifully depict the China footwear development lifestyle. Check out Tyler’s latest trip in full, below.
 

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#GoodMorning, #China. Another #blessed day, another blessed adventure awaits. (at Sheraton Hotel, Dongguan)

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A new biannual tradition, now I just need to work on my Chinese. (at Dongguan, China)

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2 hours in an airport, 5 hours on a plane and 3 more hours by car into mainland #China just in time to get my hands dirty with the locals… #basketball (at Dongguan, China)

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Sample-making workstation. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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An organized mess of sample #leather hides. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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Custom colored, labeled, bottled, and organized leather dyes. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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Outsole samples being cleaned up… #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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#Leather die-cutting. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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#Footwear last making. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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Women’s lasts waiting… #MadeInChina

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Threads. #MadeInChina

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#Teamwork makes the #dream work. #MadeInChina

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#Shoe lasts in progress. #MadeInChina

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#Shoe last making. #MadeInChina

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#Factory tours. #MadeInChina (at Dongguan, China)

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Revisions. #MadeInChina

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#Tools of the trade. #footweardesign (at Dongguan, China)
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Just because it may say “Made in #China” doesn’t mean it’s not #handcrafted. The same human touch and #craftsmanship is required, I think we forget that sometimes. (at Dongguan, China)
Mr. Bailey

Product Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | Instagram @MrBailey_ | www.MrBailey.co.uk

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