Today I would like to take you a little bit into my everyday life, you are probably curious what a working week looks like for me. I can tell you one thing right away, there is no such thing as a typical working week ;-).
The order fairs for the retail trade are at the beginning of the year. First Munich, then Düsseldorf. In contrast to Munich, where I transport the exhibition stand and sample parts myself, Düsseldorf is easy. Our fashion agency from Hamburg provides the stand and equipment here and I can arrive relaxed by train. That's good because I drove 400 km the day before to attend customer appointments in Freiburg and bring the dog to the holiday home. Friday is set-up, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are fair days. Since we visit around 22 trade fairs a year, half of the weekends are working days. I like the trade fair days, you get to know your customers and get direct feedback on the collections, and there are also many exhibitor friends on site. If you've been working through the week, you can at least spend the evening with nice people at exciting new locations.
On Monday, right after the end of the fair, we will board the train. Thanks to the great train connection, I land at 10:30 p.m. in the middle of nowhere in Swabia. The taxi driver is a jolly Swabian, you feel right at home, there's a program on the radio about polyamory. I always say that traveling is educational ;-).
The next morning at 8 am we continue to the airport in Basel. I'm flying from Basel because I'll pick up the dog on the way back and have an appointment with Hubert Burda Media on Friday.
Now it's "Off to Istanbul". Due to the time difference, I only land in the evening, just in time for dinner. This time in a very special location. Bomontiada is a former brewery that has been converted into various loft-style restaurants and clubs. My friends say the Kreuzberg of Istanbul ;-). The next day - finally sun :-). The Turkish breakfast includes fries, but with a view of the whole of Istanbul from one of the most beautiful rooftops, they taste good too ;-). I run 10km to get through all my appointments - sometimes running is the best idea when Istanbul's traffic is chaotic and I also love the maze of alleys in Cihangir. I'm always on the lookout for undiscovered treasures for you, which I might even have found this time somewhere in the dense maze of alleys behind the Grand Bazaar. I rely on Google Maps and my rudimentary knowledge of Turkish. I emerge safely from the maze of alleyways and discuss current topics, new ideas and the colors for the upcoming collection with my contact for the weaving mills. Seeing the first samples is always exciting. At noon I still have time to meet my friends at the Bosphorus. Unfortunately, tomorrow at six we're going back to the airport.
After landing, it's off to Freiburg, where a happy dog and more happy e-mails await me. Meanwhile, Nancy processed the orders in the back office.
On Friday we go to Hubert Burda Media in Offenburg. Here I have an exciting editorial interview with Anne & Marion from my beautiful country & living & garden. An exciting exchange about our new collection, planned topics and the change from print to online. It's important for me to find out which visual language the editors like, which of the planned topics VACA VACA fits into and which editors assess the hype surrounding bloggers and influencers.
On Saturday, Nancy and I will have another workday so that the office and orders are up to date. On Sunday we go to the warehouse to check stocks so that you are always supplied with lots of new, colorful cloths.
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