We hit the ground running (literally, as time was precious) to find our unicorn. We didn’t want any tailor, we wanted one that we immediately connected with, trusted, and one that we could support. Plus, they needed to source us the best quality leather. And if they could make us a couple of samples within our tight turn around window, bonus.
We met with a few tailors, and nothing really clicked. There were a lot of ‘what-ifs’, quality concerns, and language barriers; neither of us speak Mandarin (although now we’re learning). We started sweating, literally because it was way too humid in Shanghai in May, but also because time was running out.
35 hours in to our 60 trip, we met Carrie. A 40 year old women with blue streaks in her hair, who speaks 5 languages (one of them being English), and a single Mom raising her teenage son. Her leather was good, her workmanship was even better, and 24 hours later she produced 5 leather jacket samples for us to see; all of which were exactly what we asked for. We found our Unicorn. The rest is history.