Last year I approached Flexfit about producing hats for Booooooom, and after meeting with them I realized that making a hat was just one of several projects I wanted to do together.
In the fall I collaborated with Flexfit, and its parent company Yupoong, to make a short piece about their factory in Vietnam. This is where they produce hats for many of the largest lifestyle brands and where they will be making some special things for Booooooom. I expressed interest in shooting a portrait of the people who actually make the hats rather than focus on the factory itself, and they were excited about this idea.
They gave us complete access to their facility, which previously never allowed any cameras. I'm sure there are companies out there who would be reluctant to show this side of their operations but Yupoong is proud of their efforts towards fair working conditions.
This is a portrait of some inspiring people we met in Vietnam. People who dream about the same things we do, while they're working, playing soccer, or singing karaoke.
Producer: Flexfit LLC
Directors: Jeff Hamada and Liam Mitchell
Cinematographer: Liam Mitchell
1st AD: David Ehrenreich
Music: Programm "Waiting"