About

My name is Jeffrey Clark aka JeffreyLiving.  I am an entrepreneur by heart, sharing my passion and devotion to improving the quality of life for the people and products involved. I have spent the last 25 years in branding and manufacturing of apparel, footwear, and accessories.   For over 20 years I have done business in Asia and resided in China for 7 years to be closer to the heart of the the supply chain, manufacturing, operations to better understand the products, culture, people, and the languages.

I started my first business as a teenager back in 1982 and have been working in Fashion since 1988. I started manufacturing bags in the late 80’s and transitioned to sport, streetwear, and outdoor (snowboard) apparel in the early 90’s.

You can see more about me on the following url’s:

Blog about my life in China (since 2010) and work experience, JeffreyLiving Blog
A small selection of work experience (brand building) up til 2010 Jeffrey Clark Slideshare
A public link with work experience, Jeffrey Clark on LinkedIn

I also have a group called “Fashion Sourcing” on LinkedIn with over 7,500 approved and qualified apparel professionals, click the above link to see more.

You can also follow me on Instagram,  JeffreyLiving Instagram.

My passion is helping companies with products and people, establishing structure, systems, processes, procedures, policies, and manuals.  I have managed products, people, and programs for fortune 100 (Walmart, Kmart, Athleta, and TJ Maxx) and speciality retailers, with a hands on approach to establish transparency from concept to delivery for hundreds of styles, colors, over multiple suppliers in many countries, managing a staff of up to 150 for orders from thousands to hundreds of thousands of units successfully by ensuring delivery is met, quality is per expectations, and costs are reduced or maintained.

I am able to manage multiple tasks at the same time, and have dealt with 100+ products, tens of thousands of workers, in multiple countries, with many suppliers/factories,  following strict compliance, product quality, delivery and pricing requirements.

Past projects/tasks include:

General Manager – Brand and Manufacturing China

Recruited by founder to help him grow and manage his Asia operations.  My top three objectives were to:

  1. Manage the China manufacturing operations
  2. Transition responsibilities from a Western country to China
  3. Build out their China GTM strategy

The company was in disarray and needed a lot of attention, you can see a better brief of the challenges/opportunities at the following url:  Leadership in Manufacturing

Build a Brand – Concept to Development

Understood a need for products in the infant, toddler, and kids market for national pride and sports clothing.  You can see a preview of collection at the following url: New Baby Brand-company/ or a better preview of the collection on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouncebabyapparel/

A few of the challenges were:

  1. The company did not have the GTM (Go-To-Martket) capital
  2. The company lacked working partners for product design, business development, sales and marketing
  3. Collection development, this is private and confidential but if you would like to know more, please inquire directly

Establishing an Asia Office and Presence:

Established an office in Shanghai to compete against established office in Hong Kong, as pricing was escalating, deliveries were late and quality was deteriorating.  I helped improve the product, people, supply chain, operations and management by creating lean initiatives/activities in manufacturing by focusing on lean staffing and factory level training to improve WIP management, quality and delivery.

I was instrumental in coaching/transferring knowledge by educating and training lean managers.  I played an important role in global performance management, to ensure data accuracy and integrity to proactively monitor the business health.  I drove x-functional alignment on supply chain target setting KPIs and aligning definitions, business ownership and accountability.  I grew the new business from startup to USD $100 million (retail) revenue in two years.

Establish B2B Online Portal to help with Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing

Be an active solution to help with the “Disconnect” in the apparel, footwear, and accessory industries.  You can see a preview of the concept at the following url: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/08/22/source-the-globe-%E2%80%93-identity-brand-and-build/

Back in 2008, after spending 20 intense years in the Fashion industry I recognized the disconnect in the garment manufacturing supply chain between suppliers, buyers, and industry professionals so I created and launched SourceTheGlobe.com.

In 2006 I started developing the concept to build a platform to help brands, retailers and industry professionals source and manage soft goods online.  On September 18, 2008 I registered Source the Globe Limited as a corporation in Hong Kong and the full beta site launched in March 2009.  SourceTheGlobe.com is an Online B2B global marketplace for garment manufacturing that bridges the gap between buyers, suppliers, and industry professionals by providing online tools for supplier management and intelligence, as well as an extensive search-able clothing related database.   Users can also connect, communicate, invite, and save interest, inquiries to their workbook.    In addition to the above users can also use the feedback, testimonial, association, and mart modules.  Associations and Marts can post information about their company in multiple language as well as manage and promote their members and/or tenants, and testimonials via their listing on SourceTheGlobe.com.   Users can connect and message the association, their members and/or tenants.   Today there is over 3,000 users, I had lots of interest from the industry, Mainland China government, and silicon investors but I could not meet their milestones without partners and seed investors.

During that time I attended/exhibited at hundreds of trade shows in Asia and America, some of which I talk about on this blog.

In 2011 without the right partners and investors in place I switched my focus to helping brands/retailers manage their supply chain in Asia.

Build a Brand – Concept to Market, and oversee all sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, and operations  

Understand a growing need for customization in clothing, I decided to work with my established sourcing and manufacturing contacts to create a MTM (Made-to-Measure) brand of suits, sport coats, shirts, pants, shorts, and outerwear.   You can see a preview of the collection at the following url: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/08/08/tailored-clothing/, and this is what inspired me: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/02/11/all-about-you-products-tailored-for-you/

An overview of the fabric markets: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/08/11/fabric-markets/

Build a Brand – Concept to Market, and oversee all sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, and operations  

Working with a leading denim brand to create a top selection of products to compliment their bottom business.  You can see a preview of the collection at the following url: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/03/09/silver-jeans-1921-denim-fall-2006/

Build a Brand – Concept to Market, and oversee all sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, and operations  

Taking over an established female streetwear brand, growing it into a brand with over $1 million in revenue.  You can see a preview of the collection at the following url: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/03/07/honeydrop-fall-2002/

Build a Brand – Concept to Market, and oversee all sourcing, supply chain, manufacturing, and operations  

Established a streetwear and snowboard brand that was sold in Canada, Japan, and Germany.  You can see a preview of the collection at the following url: https://jeffreyliving.com/2010/03/06/planet-x-planet-y-fall-1996/

Proactive  Leadership

I am a proactive leader that has a strong understanding of lean concepts, principles, tools and Kaizen initiatives.   I lead by example and take responsibility to achieve business results.  I have demonstrated my proven ability to coach and lead change effectively across a wide range of cultures engaging with internal and external functional management teams.

I apply System Design, 3P, Lean Management systems, Hoshin, and Kaizen initiatives.   I am fluent in university level oral and written English, I have spent 6 years living in Shanghai and speak intermediate (Putonghua) Chinese.  I understand the people and the cultures of Asia.

Day-to-Day

It is now 2016 a year beyond my imagination… I spend my days working in an industry where I have 110% devotion.  I help brands/retailers with Asia and China growth, management, operations, sourcing, production and trend strategies.  I provide companies with intelligence and resources to create a future for unlimited growth, great returns, and domination in global business.  Well being very considerate of the working conditions, ethics, and standards of the companies making the products.

I have another passion which is business, I enjoy successes, planning, plotting, lean strategies, system design, Hoshin, and Kaizen Initiatives to improve the quality of life for myself and others.  I also like reading about others successes and strategies.

In 2016 I will continue to pursue, connect, communicate, listen and better understand myself, business and fashion industry needs.  I will provide and add value to society by creating system which allow people more time to spend with their families, as well improve their work environment.

I will seek clients to work with (Full-time, Contract) to help them build, grow, manage and prosper into successful multi-national corporations by sharing my passion, intelligence, resources, wisdom, and drive.  Let me know if you or anyone you know would be interested…

37 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jeffrey,
    You sound like a very interesting person!
    I am a medical doctor turned fashion and interior designer located in Lagos, Nigeria.
    My business started with afrocentric clothing mostly for women but we have in the last 2 years gone into the home decor business producing bed sheets, cushions and the likes as we feel there is more opprtunity to grow in this industry in Nigeria.
    I would be so happy to have you help me to grow my company into the leading home decor company in West Africa by 2018 which is our vision!
    For a start, I need buy small lots of bed sheeting fabric in China as well as visit factories manufacturing bed sheets etc.
    Might you be able to point me in the right direction even though your area of expertise is in fashion?
    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Thank you,
    Kaine Dosekun (Mrs)

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  2. Hi Jeffrey,

    An extremely informative blog! It will be helpful in my sourcing trip this month. Do you have any recommendations/markets that are good for leather sourcing?

    Cheers,
    Laura

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  3. Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for your response. I will be in Shanghai, Hong Kong, all over India and Indonesia. I’m looking for extremely small volumes (I’m a designer working on samples at the moment- so less than 20 skins). And if you in particular know of any naturally dyed&tanned leather suppliers that would be a bonus!

    Thank you,
    Laura

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  4. Noted you are looking for extremely low volumes as you are currently working on the sample collection. The largest area for leather that I know in China is Haining which is about 2.5 hours by train from Shanghai. As this is my business I can provide direct contacts in Shanghai, India, Indonesia and leather neighborhoods around Shanghai for a minimal cost, 25% of my regular cost as you are a new business. I am sure the contacts and neighborhoods will make for more of an efficient and effective trip. Let me know if you would like business assistance?

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  7. Hi Jeffery,
    I am in China to source Silk and other fabric.
    I need some guidance for where to source what as I find the scenario a little confusing given the paucity of time.
    Would it be possible to meet with you today?
    I shall be leaving for Keqiao tomorrow.
    My Shanghai number is 13166049657
    Thanks and Regards,
    Irfan

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    1. Hi Irfan,

      I am unable to meet as it is China National Week holidays in China now and I am in North America on business. I will return to Shanghai on the 12th but will be traveling inside China until the 17th. Great for you to attend the Intertextile tradeshow that starts on October 18th through 21st. If unable to attend, for silk the best city is Hangzhou, I have not found allot of Silk suppliers in Keqiao, but the city is good for synthetics and basic fibers.

      Alternatively you can send me your needs and I can try to assist you for a fee… Let me know if you have any additional needs?

      Good luck with all your sourcing, safe and successful travels.

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  8. Hi Jeffery,
    Thank you for the reply.
    It’s a pity that I could not meet with you in person since I hope to benefit from your vast experience and expertise.
    Alternatively, could you please specify an address where I can exchange mail with you along with the fee that you would charge.
    At present, I am here to purchase a small volume since I’ve just started out in this area.
    Look forward to your reply.
    Thanks for the wishes.
    Rehgards,
    Irfan

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  12. Hi Jeffery, My name is Tamar and I work for a Bodysuit company in Pennsylvania. I’d love to get your tips on sourcing a knit production facility for both development and production with lower minimums.

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    1. Hi Tamar, It is one thing to have the development and production, but another huge part you are forgetting is how to manage the suppliers on a regular basis (weekly), this is one of the greatest challenges. Best to send me an email directly.

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  13. Jeffrey,
    Hi, your blog is interesting, informative and I gleaned a lot from it (doing business in China). I am trying to source some cashmere yarn and manufacturing of hats, sweaters, scarves to put finishing touches on here in Seattle. I am hesitant about going to Spin Expo, Shanghai in March to meet companies that can help me – will I even have the purchasing power to even open an account with them? Who do you think I should start with?
    I may go to Spin Expo. in New York in July first, is this a good idea?
    THANKS… I need encouragement!
    Kim

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    1. Hi Kim, I am happy to help you as I can… as expressed in the blog, it is one thing to source contacts, it is another to manage. I find that 3% of the work is sourcing and 97% is management. Once you source the yarn, do you have a manufacturer to knit your products who meets or exceeds your expectations? How do you plan to manage your supply chain? Do you have someone in place to oversee management and stay in front of your supply chain to help you achieve your goals.

      Spin Expo is a great show for inspiration and resources, but many contacts will be yarn based so you will need a manufacturer(s) once you secure your yarn sources. I have never been to the NYC Spin Expo shows so I cannot comment on the structure or contacts. But as mentioned the Shanghai show is one of the best I have been to.

      If you need help creating success, let me know your needs? All the best, Jeffrey

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