As luck, or some kind of cosmic alignment would have it we had made friends with a local agent in Kalkan who gave me the details of an atelier who sold towels and blankets from the Grand Bazaar - as random as that seems, I had nothing to lose so I got in touch and, through a combination of gesticulated phone calls, text and Facebook messages placed my first proper samples order.
It's one thing being on holiday, visualising your new venture from a thousand miles away, safe in the sunshiny bubble of a daydream. Holidays give you a clarity and objectivity that being at home simply doesn't. I could see exactly how everything was going to look and evolve, where my products were going to be stocked, the editorial coverage...the success. The reality, however is vastly different.