I believe in love at first sight. Especially when it comes to apparel design. And sometimes, every now and then, a design hits my heart. That’s what happened when I reviewed the first prototypes of the first Flyte samples back in 2012. I knew it when I saw it, when I felt it, when we tried it on. They’ve always been made from the same soft knit, with our iconic birds and the word “fly” knit right in, to remind us that we can. The funny thing is that our factory partner was concerned with the design. They called and said “we are worried that the birds are very, very big.” And I replied, “That’s how we like em.” Big birds (well yeah, and Big Bird!). Big plans. Big dreams.
I just got back from Hong Kong where we met with one of our longtime factory partners. Two women; sisters, who have been with us through so many ups and downs. As we caught up, they told me about how they had recently moved the factory to a bigger space. “You know, it’s good to change,” one told me. She said people “get stuck in the old” and that the move had - and here she gestured with her hands coming up like new growth “Refresh! It’s good to refresh!”