5 chinese designers you should know
From the uber-metropolis of Beijing to Xiamen Island and the foothills of Wutong Mountain, we rounded up the most exciting talents coming out of China right now. Meet the next wave of designers ready to shake up the west.
Name: Shangguan Zhe (Sankuanz)
Current base: Xiamen Island
Known for: His humorous, deconstructed take on familiar subcultural codes (which recently got him shortlisted for the LVMH prize).
Your brand in a sentence: You will never need what I design.
Studio soundtrack: Dubstep.
Why you love Xiamen: Moving is too much trouble.
Something funny we should know about you: I don't like washing my hair.
The best advice you've ever been given: Eat less.
Names: Fiona Lau & Kain Picken (ffiXXed)
Ages: 30 & 34
Current base: Right now we're holed up at the foot of Wutong Mountain in Shenzhen, but we're originally from Melbourne.
Known for: Unisex all-natural clothes that feel more like art pieces.
Studio soundtrack: Shalamar, Yung Lean, Kohh.
Chinese design heroes: We really like Zhang Da's label Boundless, Digest Design Workshop from Beijing, and Alias, a new label from Shenzhen.
Why you love Wutong: We're always inspired by how traditional cultures find ways to exists within ideas of the future.
The best advice you've ever been given: "That sounds crazy. You should do it!"
Name: Vega Zaishi Wang (Vega Wang)
Current base: Beijing
Known for: Dramatic tailored silhouettes with a slightly unhinged vibe.
Please describe your brand in a sentence: "I am rooted, but I flow."
Style icons: Working women.
Studio soundtrack: Gonzales.
Chinese design heroes: The Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei.
Why you love Beijing: Because Beijing loves nobody.
Something funny we should know about you: I'm cat-friendly.
Name: Christine Lau (Chictopia)
Current base: Beijing
Known for: Combining swinging 60s London (she studied at Central Saint Martins) with contemporary Beijing cool.
Style icons: Leslie Cheung, Anita Moi, Eileen Chang, Frida Khol and Björk.
Studio soundtrack: 80s Cantopop.
Chinese design heroes: Whoever designed the Forbidden Palace.
Why you love Beijing: It's filled with wonderful childhood memories and has such a unique style.
Something funny we should know about you: I like eating pig's brains. (It's a local Chinese delicacy.)
The best advice you've ever been given: "Go your own way."
Name: Anais Mak (Jourden)
Current base: Hong Kong
Known for: Artful, unusually textured knits (think baby-pink chenille and fuzzy plaids), and reaching the semi-final round of the 2015 LVMH Prize.
Your brand in a sentence: The Jourden girl comes from a very proper background but she's always trying to break away from it.
Inspiration: The diva inside us all.
Style icons: Brooke Shields, Stéphanie de Monaco, Isabella Rossellini, Kristen Stewart.
Studio soundtrack: Beastie Boys, Tchaikovsky and classic Japanese and Hong Kong pop.
Why you love Hong Kong: The pace and energy make everything possible.
Text Alice Newell-Hanson
Photography Ken Ngan