|PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN|
Saturday, March 7, 2015
After the 16-hour flight to Hong Kong from Toronto, and longer than that for Thomas Merk from Montreal, The Hello Project found him picking up his bags in the Hong Kong international airport.
Thomas moved to Canada in 2011 with his Canadian wife and now live Montreal with their 5-year old son.
Thomas is here on business, a family-run fashion business which was founded and named after his great grandfather Bruno Barthel. The business still has 140 employees in Germany and together the company makes pretty sweet hats and mitts for babies under the Maximo brand.
Hong Kong is just the beginning of Thomas’ journey. After meeting with suppliers and customers who carry their brand, he is off to several more countries before returning to Canada.
THOMAS FUN FACT: At age 16 his love of restoring vintage scooters began with the 1964 Vespa 50N. He now has a collection of seven Vespa scooters.