Fashion Designer Interview

Kiok: Live. Breathe. Fashion.

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If I had to mention one brand that was most impactful and influential in getting myself interested in Korean fashion, it would have to be Kiok, led by the renowned Fashion Designer, Kiok Kang. What came as both a shock and a pleasant surprise during my first encounter with the brand is the quality of…

J KOO: It’s Awesome to be Twosome

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Going into their fourth season, J KOO is a brand led by duo designers Jinwoo Choi and Yeonjoo Koo who met while preparing for fashion school, became friendly while in London during which became close enough to not only start working together but eventually agree… to get married. As life partners, they encourage and inspire…

Cres. E Dim: Second Nature

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Inspired by Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka‘s 2008 exhibition titled “Second Nature” (which was a work based on his theory of applying natural laws into his designs), along with expressive cues taken from Helmut Newton’s works from the 60′s (in particular one in which women are portrayed as men), Cres. E Dim by Kim Hong Bum’s 2013…

Lie Sang Bong: Passion, Dream, and Korea

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Only a few hours before our scheduled meeting, I found out that my mom was among Lie’s first customers when he had his first boutique in Myeongdong in the 80′s. When I mentioned this to the designer, he cheerfully replied, “Your mom must had been extremely stylish to have worn my clothes back then. There…

Kaal.E.Suktae: Filling the Void

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Where do I start… I should advise you in advance that I’m going to be biased with this post but for right reasons (!). I had the pleasure and honor of meeting the top Korean womenswear designer, Lee Suk Tae, at his showroom in Gangnam. I tried to stay cool but man, was it difficult…

D.GNAK by KANG.D: Pursuit of Happiness

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As someone whose childhood dream was to become a fashion designer, perhaps it’s only natural that I have a great admiration for those successful in the profession. Nevertheless, I never thought that I’d be sitting in a room chatting with them for hours, not to mention befriending them at one point. It’s funny- when I…

ZE QUUN HOMME

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Avant-Garde |ˌavänt ˈgärd, ˌaväN| Noun (usu. the avant-garde): new and unusual or experimental ideas particularly with respect to art and culture Martin Margiela, Thierry Mugler, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo. You guessed it right, these are just a few of the names that come to mind when I think of the term Avant Garde. But what would…

jayho Homme D’esprit

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Through a short yet memorable run-in at a party a few weeks ago, Justin and I were invited to designer Lee Jae Ho’s showroom located near Garosugil last week. As a menswear designer, Lee not only strives to provide the most stylish garments possible but also ensures that each piece comes with a surprise or…