China’s Creative Gardens sprout out of the Ground

On my sourcing trip to Guangzhou this fall, I had the opportunity to explore two creative spaces within the city: T.I.T. Creative Industry Zone (T.I.T. 创意园) and Redtory Art + Design Factory (紅專廠/藝術與設計工廠). In addition to fashion, ICT and cultural industries, another major one is booming in these areas: the influencer industry.

T.I.T. Creative Industry Zone (T.I.T. 创意园)

T.I.T. Creative Industry Zone is located in Guangzhou’s Haizhu District, just south of the Guangzhou Tower. Once, in the 1950s, it was a textile factory with over 1400 employees until it was definitely shut down in 2007. Fortunately, the original architecture was preserved and the space was made available to creative companies. Even today you can feel the textile industry’s past. For many of the creative companies on the site are clothing designers. T.I.T. is therefore a wonderful way to discover hip new Chinese designer clothes at an unbeatable price. T.I.T. Creative Industry Zone (T.I.T. 创意园) | 397 Xingang Middle Rd, KeCun, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510310 | 广东省广州市海珠区客村新港中路397号 邮政编码: 510310

Redtory Art + Design Factory (紅專廠/藝術與設計工廠)

The Redtory Art + Design Factory is located in Guangzhou’s Tianhe District, amidst modern office buildings. In the 1950s, it used to be China’s largest canning factory. Now it developed into a huge art space with workshops, shops and bars. Redtory Art + Design Factory (紅專廠/藝術與設計工廠) | Both creative areas are well worth a visit. There are always new objects or motifs to discover. Time and again art markets take place. But the most remarkable thing for me was the many (wannabe) influencers that flock to these places. All posing in front of one and the same motifs recreating one and the same motif over and over again.