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  1. Norway's sovereign wealth fund, which plays a much bigger role in Norway's economy than similar funds elsewhere, reported negative returns across all asset classes in the past year. https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/worlds-biggest-sovereign-wealth-fund-posted-negative-return-3q2022 The EPF will likely again declare ~6% returns. Khazanah will again cause the newspapers to report as if it made money, when in fact it never did.
  2. Alternate cutter: Have you tried the Ukrainian lady's drafting system? Me: Yes. Didn't work. Alternate cutter: I'll try it when we are less swamped. Me: We are never less swamped. It's always like this.
  3. There is a ton of technique details in tailoring. If you ignore one small detail, the whole sleeve cacat. My new employee Syaqira is basically fucking up everything she touches.
  4. Each column of paper is one sewing tailor. Each sheet of paper is at least one garment---some sheets represent 2 or 3 garments. These are only the work packages which have been released to the sewing tailors. There are so many more which have not been released.
  5. In truth, I've been trying to hire a Malay vocational grad girl for most of this year. But they never actually show up. This is because most of them are in the provinces. To work in PJ, they would have to rent a room. This means 2 month's deposit and utilities deposit and so forth. They haven't the cash for the deposits and the cost of moving. They expect me to provide something they call "company hostel". Which I am desperate enough to want to do, except... ...they prefer to work in a place that has other Malay girls like themselves. After interviewing so many, finally one actually showed up on the 1st of September at 10am. She actually rented a room nearby, actually paid the deposits, and actually walked the 15 minutes to work. She actually worked the 8 hours. And unlike a Malay boy I hired last year who lasted less than a day, she has lasted a week.
  6. A Malay girl started work here on Monday. She's significant in that she's from a vocational school. There, she specialised in garment making. This is a shift for JT. I normally hire fashion design grads from colleges. Not vocational schools. But I've found that fashion design people are NOT my people. They are not serious people. They make life decisions which dumbfound me. They are just...such strange people. An acquaintance who runs a 2nd generation garment making workshop in the remote provinces tells me it's much better to hire from vocational schools. So I tried. I got her to sew a trouser baste. It turns out that she is as ignorant at sewing as any college (Esmod/Raffles/Limkokwing) fashion design grad. Meaning, nearly clueless.
  7. Strangely, no outcry from the middle class. Most of them are quite dumb anyway. Their epf went down 20%-30% (in real terms) in one year and they don't realise it.
  8. I don't think most customers appreciate how my WhatsApp resembles a WW2 frontline trench. Even as I am in the middle of replying to an appointment request from 4 days ago, new messages are coming in.
  9. Now, everybody should see that there is no free money. The government was giving people cash during the pandemic. Now, the rinngit has lost value and whatever was given has now been taken back via inflation. It affects those with large ringgit savings the most. That is, the middle class with their stupid EPFs, lol.
  10. There has been unbelievable labour cost inflation in KL. Like nothing I've seen. Not so much for everyday services like grab/lalamove, but certainly for tailoring. My fully canvassed coatmaker now wants 40% more per jacket. Other independent coatmakers or tailoring workshops did not raise their prices as much, but are refusing orders due to huge backlogs. One workshop I've been intermittently using for as long as they've been founded simply told me it's pointless to give them jackets too make. Too much demand, they say. It's not we don't want to serve you, the supervisor told me. We've been making half canvassed jackets for you for a long time. It's just...we have too many orders and too few people. One other workshop simply jacked their prices up 30%. Trousers and shirts are all experiencing similar situations. The people I use to sew these are still making for me and prioritising my orders out of a sense of loyalty (I've been using them for a long time.) But jackets are most acutely affected. It's not just that prices have gone up dramatically. It's that even at those prices, they are not accepting my work. I'm now exploring small town workshops. Maybe the situation is less acute in the deep provinces.
  11. I'm also supposed to make six or seven invoices. The volume of work is interminable.
  12. Next month, a 25yo cutter is joining JT. And a 20yo seamstress. Melissa is leaving to do her Master of Arts at Sunway.
  13. I have just been sitting here at 11pm responding to all the messages I've received. After like 10 messages, I realised there are many more. It's unbelievable.
  14. To be precise, I said "to hit home runs technically and aesthetically with each garment". (You should be precise when it's your creed.)
  15. Looks like he won't have to prostitute himself at that tailor shop in the klcc area with the RM100k/month revenue ambitions. I made him an offer. He is most likely to take it. I told him JT has no sales targets. 8 hours per day (vs 9) and 5 days per week (vs 6). We don't really do overtime. Leave on the dot. There is only one goal at JT. To hit home runs with each garment.
  16. Me chatting with a cutter
  17. I'm thinking more like Sid on this topic. Relatively smart people know there is a lot of complexity in even superficially simple things. They assume there is a lot they do not know. It's not the imposter syndrome, just a healthy appreciation of reality. Not so smart people do have the DK effect. It wasn't a customer, BTW.
  18. Had lunch with a young tailor from the deep and remote provinces today. Maybe some of you recognise him. In my 10 years doing this, very few people actually become actual tailors. They are very rare. Maybe I should do it. Do it, Jeremy, jajaja, do it. Make JT great again. No I mean make JT greater. Or at least make it suck less.
  19. It's like expecting your production foreman to also double as a top salesman, personally generating 60% of revenues and leading both sales and production teams. I've never seen this happen. Then why are coatmakers trying to also be cutters?
  20. Maybe what we are seeing is evidence of lack of specialization. Traditionally, there are cutters, and there are coatmakers. But this particular Japanese tailor is two in one: he is cutter and coatmaker. And trousermaker. So 3-in-1. The reason not to do this is that you cannot become world class at all three disciplines. Pattetnmaking is very different from coatmaking. It requires different aptitudes. A real cutter would never cut sleeves like that. Only retarded coatmakers would.
  21. https://www.instagram.com/reel/CbYb15CB9Yo/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y= What a display of incompetence. Look at the mounting of the sleeves, and the back balance of the trousers. Such a sleeve mounting suits only Chinese vampires. Such a thing should simply never happen, not even at the first fitting. Because no human has their arms out like that. The fact that he would mount his sleeves this way shows that he is either oblivious to the problem or was comatose when making the baste. It's also a common problem among tailors in Malaysia. I've seen this many many times. I've never understood why they think it makes sense, until I remind myself that the median IQ is only 100.
  22. The problem was never the Rajapaksa family. The problem was the iq 100 masses, who is so easily bought with morsels. Their myopia, their ignorance, their inability to delay gratification, their lack of strategic insight. The politicians are a result of the stupidity of the masses. The are not the cause of the problem. Exactly like in Malaysia.
  23. Have you seen the pictures of Sri Lankans storming and occupying their president's house? The first thought to come to my mind is this is what happens when you're iq 100. The median iq of the masses is only 100. They wait till the baby is dead before doing something, and even that which they do is stupid. The baby is already dead. The time to act was decades ago, and not in this fashion. The whole thing can only come from iq 100 people.
  24. Relatively recently, I received a visitor. He was here to make a proposal. It's not necessary to go into the details. What I want to express here is that I rarely meet people who are so assured of their own level of competence and knowledge. I meet and talk to lots of men. Most of them are quite successful in what they do. Most men are never quite sure if they know enough about something. They have a stance whereby they tell me what they know, but that it's probably limited, and that they are open to new perspectives, or to new details of what they already know. They have this level of curiosity about many things. So it surprises me to meet a non-tailor who thinks he has not much more to learn about tailoring. He never asked me a question. He lectured to me the whole time he was here. He is the opposite of me. I'm always trying to figure out what I'm NOT getting about something. Is there something I've missed all along? Will I make a new insight today? Not him. He already knows everything. If only more people would listen to him.
  25. I was contacted by a Selangor government agency this morning about making 25 suits for them. I was asked to bring some cloth samples on the morning of Thursday, and to give them an indication of pricing. I did not get the feeling that it was a competitive situation. In other words, they seem very interested in JT. There are no two other bidders. I thought about this the whole day. Once upon a time, I took such orders. They are quite profitable. I have done several. But increasingly, I feel these ”corporate uniform” orders no longer fit JT. We are accustomed to doing things very differently, and I find it very difficult to make simple suits. It...grates on me. I think I'm giving up the entire field of corporate uniforms. We’ll just make the high end stuff with the accustomed level of mania. I thanked the contact at the government agency and declined the opportunity, citing how busy we are with high end suits.
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