Hello, I hope my readers are doing well, It has been a while since my last update. 2019 is fun and yet challenging, I was away on long trips to Japan and US with my family, hence the lack of updates. Last year was all about wedding, this year I decided to step out of my comfort zone and working on menswear!!!
Menswear wasn’t my specialty, but I was very motivated to work with Von Wong. He is an artist and activist best known for his environmental art installation. Von was in Saigon few months ago, working on “Strawpocalypse”, a HUGE ocean wave made with 168000 used straws recovered off the streets from Vietnam . He was looking to make a suit, with sustainable fashion approach. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! It is my honour to work with like minded environmental activists like Von.
We started with brainstorming ideas over messages, he wish for conversation starter piece with his logo included, a suit that isn’t boring and a way to look like a grown up. The final design comes up after a few amendments over cups of coffees. Time was very limited given his workload and I did my best to streamline the whole process, from creating patterns, do fittings, fabric sourcing and final fitting.
“I want my suit to be black on black, it should be almost not noticeable” as of the lining, he said “I don’t really care what’s inside, you can use whatever you have and I am fine even it is in rainbow colour!”
Lightbulb came up in my mind and I can’t help to think of all the vintage floral fabric scraps I have collected over the years…
I sourced the fabric from fabric scraps market(photos below). Don’t be fooled by the appearances and presentations of this fabrics, there are some very high quality suit fabrics laying around on the street
The whole process took me longer than I thought, mainly also because my machine broke down at the very last day. After a few hiccups, The suit is finally done and I can’t be proud enough to see the suit
This has been a very enjoyable process and journey, and I would never forget the smile on Von’s face when he puts on the suits. Being able to create this custom suits using my own philosophy of sustainable design, and laying another piece of happiness on clients like Von gives me the passion to continue on this fashion journey.