Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nothing is ever as it appears - Last Factory Visit

Nothing is ever as simple as it appears to be. Through designing and developing footwear, I have a new way of looking at life. Literally every single thing we encounter in our daily lives can be treated as a metaphorical onion. Peel away the appearances one small layer at a time, and you will discover a whole new world behind everything in life. This is what manufacturing has taught me so far.

To make 1 pair of shoes, there are about 10+ factories involved. Here is one of the very first steps - last making. Footwear (with the exception of very few) are made on lasts. Lasts are foot-like objects made to give shoes their shapes. Its a finessed skill only a few has mastered.

Annnd, I couldn't resist. The calmest and most adorable husky as the factory guard dog.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Skulls, and More Skulls - The Fem Edition

So for my first blog entry of the year, I want to shout "Ok people, let's all get cozy with skulls" to celebrate my recent obsession with the imagery.

I don't know exactly when I realized that skull imageries have become a big fashion trend (perhaps somewhere between Tim Burton's Magical Fashion - Harper's Bazaar Oct '09 , and my recent trip to a Chinese supply market that sold skull everything), but this rendition of skulls seem to have its own whimsey and light-heartedness.

Traditionally, skulls are associated with goths, punk-rockers, troublemakers, and degenerates. Oh, and let's not forget the late Alexander McQueen, who was very much a fan of the dark imagery. Today, however, they are often fun, feminine, and mischievous. In a way, I think this skull is very representational of females in today's world - tough and irreverent, but yet feminine and thoughtful.

Here are some interesting skull related findings that reminded me of my connection. Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Glowing Surprise: Alexander Wang Spring 13 RTW

I have to admit, I haven't been a huge fan of Alexander Wang's apparel because I am the exact opposite of what a "Alexander Wang Girl"is. However, he changed my mind for Spring 13. 

His collection is light, airy, and even whimsical. The cut-outs are freshly done, interesting, and not overly sexy. All in all, just mesmerizing.

But WAIT! The best part is at the end, when the lights were off, in a complete pitch blackness, all the clothes started glowing like fairies in an enchanted wonderland. That was absolutely unexpected, and it completely sold me on the collection. 

Now..... How and where can I get a piece like that??

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pour La Victoire with Terry Richardson and Jessica Hart

I am a fan of Pour La Victoire because they make good shoes that don't cost an arm and a leg. I got my hands on some first ever campaign photos with Terry Richardson, and I am happy to share. The shoes look great!

You can check out the behind the scene video here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Drawing - A Random Itch

I have kept a clipping of a Carolina Herrera gown from Vogue for a while now because I thought it was just amazing, and finally after almost 2 years, I did something with it.