Seven Hong Kong Fashion Designers to Discover Today

Hong Kong has been offering some of the most exciting design talents to the world of fashion. Image courtesy of various.
The duo founders of YanYan, Suzzie Chung and Phyllis Chan. Image courtesy of YanYan.
YanYan’s sustainable knitwear incorporates traditional elements of Chinese garments into their clothing in the form of frog buttons, mandarin collars and more. Photo by Vinci Ng. Image courtesy of Yan Yan.
Anais Mak, founder of Anaïs Jourden. Image courtesy of Anaïs Jourden.
Anaïs Jourden’s collection at at CENTRESTAGE Elites 2019. Image courtesy of Anaïs Jourden.
Kenax Leung, founder of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO. Image courtesy of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO.
Menswear collection of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO. Image courtesy of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO.
Ka Wa Key Chow and Jarno Leppanen, the creative duo behind Ka Wa Key. Image courtesy of Ka Wa Key.
KA Wa Key SS20 at Paris Fashion Week presented by Fashion Farm Foundation. Image courtesy of Ka Wa Key.
Jason Lee, founder of YMDH. Image courtesy of YMDH.
YMDH’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Image courtesy of YMDH.
Janko Lam, founder of Classics Anew. Image via Hong Kong Design Centre’s website.
Classics Anew uses upcycled fabric to elegantly reinterpret Chinese fashion heritage. Image courtesy of Classics Anew.
Carrie Kwok, founder of CAR|2IE. Image via Hong Kong Design Centre’s website.
CAR|2IE’s latest collection, The Proud Rose. Image courtesy of CAR|2IE.
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Putting a spotlight on some of the most exciting local fashion design talent that Hong Kong has to offer.

TEXT: Carina Fischer
IMAGES: Courtesy of various

 

If you are looking to expand your sartorial offerings, perhaps pause a moment and consider investing in some local talent before you hit the high street. And there are now a myriad of ways to discover design talent in Hong Kong. Juxtaposed is an annual fashion event—the 2020 edition saw 75 Hong Kong fashion designers featured in an exhibition and popup event in Landmark this July. Meanwhile, Fashion Farm Foundation (FFF) is a non-profit that highlights and connects the best of design talent in Hong Kong, showcasing designers through the annual event FFFriday, hosting a range of fashion presentations and pop-up stores. Finally, with multi-retailers including Lane Crawford and PMQ, and of course some help from the internet, local, inimitable talent is but a click away.

 

The duo founders of YanYan, Suzzie Chung and Phyllis Chan. Image courtesy of YanYan.
YanYan’s sustainable knitwear incorporates traditional elements of Chinese garments into their clothing in the form of frog buttons, mandarin collars and more. Photo by Vinci Ng. Image courtesy of Yan Yan.

 

YanYan

Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung are the duo behind YanYan (人人, meaning ‘everyone’ in Chinese) a sustainable knitwear line incorporating traditional elements of Chinese garments into their clothing in the form of frog buttons, mandarin collars and more. The pieces pay homage to Chinese culture and Hong Kong identity in an array of spunky, cosy knits that can easily transition from the sheets to the streets with effortless style.

 

Anais Mak, founder of Anaïs Jourden. Image courtesy of Anaïs Jourden.
Anaïs Jourden’s collection at at CENTRESTAGE Elites 2019. Image courtesy of Anaïs Jourden.

 

Anaïs Jourden

Anaïs Jourden was founded in 2012 by Anais Mak, following her time studying fashion design at Studio Berçot in Paris. Jourden has since grown to be a globally acclaimed brand, stocked in an array of international retailers including Lane Crawford, Barney’s, Shopbop, Colette, Ikram and more. The label designs apparel that carries an air of insouciance, whilst simultaneously fighting gender norms and society’s perception of femininity. In 2015, the label was a finalist in the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers, and later that same year Anais was selected by Vogue Italia as the winner of the Who Is On Next emerging designer award.

 

Kenax Leung, founder of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO. Image courtesy of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO.
Menswear collection of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO. Image courtesy of KENAXLEUNG STUDIO.

 

KENAXLEUNG STUDIO

KENAXLEUNG STUDIO is a clothing line by Ka-Kin Leung that is heavily influenced by streetwear, with apparel that frequently merges innovative textures and materials with unique print designs. Kenax Leung also has an established customer base that rivals top-end brands, including local Hong Kong celebrities Eason Chan, Anthony Wong and Kay Tse.

 

Ka Wa Key Chow and Jarno Leppanen, the creative duo behind Ka Wa Key. Image courtesy of Ka Wa Key.
KA Wa Key SS20 at Paris Fashion Week presented by Fashion Farm Foundation. Image courtesy of Ka Wa Key.

 

Ka Wa Key

Ka Wa Key Chow and Jarno Leppanen—designer duo behind label Ka Wa Key—uniquely blend everyday streetwear with Asian and Scandinavian aesthetics. Together they take this one step further by adding standout materials in distinctive shades, from ethereal and sheer gauzy fabrics to thick chunky denim and mustard gingham. Ka Wa Key was showcased at Fashion Farm Foundation’s FFFriday, 2020.

 

Jason Lee, founder of YMDH. Image courtesy of YMDH.
YMDH’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection. Image courtesy of YMDH.

 

YMDH “You Make Daddy Happy”

Jason Lee of YMDH (acronym for You Make Daddy Happy) takes streetwear to an almost satirical level, incorporating McDonalds logos into his work, with one piece designed to be worn as a paper bag mask covering the head and face. Lee cites Yohji Yamamoto and the ever-evolving nature of fashion as inspirations for his work, which often melds traditional Chinese elements such as calligraphy, with street art. YMDH was also showcased at the Fashion Farm Foundation’s FFFriday, 2020.

 

Janko Lam, founder of Classics Anew. Image via Hong Kong Design Centre’s website.
Classics Anew uses upcycled fabric to elegantly reinterpret Chinese fashion heritage. Image courtesy of Classics Anew.

 

Classics Anew

Classics Anew is a sustainable fashion design label dedicated to reducing waste and elevating Chinese fashion heritage. Designer Janko Lam was the 2011 winner of Hong Kong’s very own Eco-Chic Design Award, and following a collaboration with Esprit, established Classics Anew in 2013—her own ready-to-wear womenswear label. Lam uses upcycled fabric to elegantly reinterpret the cheongsam, with excellent works that have seen her designs showcased in exhibitions across the globe, with one showpiece now a part of a permanent collection in the Hong Kong Heritage Museum.

 

Carrie Kwok, founder of CAR|2IE. Image via Hong Kong Design Centre’s website.
CAR|2IE’s latest collection, The Proud Rose. Image courtesy of CAR|2IE.

 

CAR|2IE

Carrie Kwok of CAR|2IE knows fashion from all angles. Following her BA in knitwear design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she then explored production chains in the fashion industry and became a fashion reporter before returning to study at Middlesex University where she completed her MA in Womenswear Fashion. CAR|2IE is a reflection of Kwok’s ability to understand what a consumer is looking for—her designs are elegant and contemporary, with clever, subtle accents that use unique materials and silhouettes to elevate each piece to the next level.

 

 

 
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