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Get to Know Choiboko

Korean brand, Choiboko is full of beautifully designed pieces that are a great mix of colour and structure, and this September they will be showcasing their innovative work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 Daegu collection has many wearable, sophisticated designs that plenty of people would want to have in their own wardrobe. Creator, and original designer, Bok Ho Choi has been in the fashion industry since graduating from design school in 1973. Now with over 40 years of experience under his belt, he is still an important part of Choiboko and the Korean fashion industry. To get to know Bok Ho Choi before viewing his pieces at the Vancouver Fashion Week, we asked him a few questions.

VFW: What is your favourite part of being a designer?

Choiboko: I like to consider the social role of fashion in a philosophical point of view, with an interest in human beings and nature. My inspirations have always come from surroundings in daily life, such as nature and social life. From my first debut work, called ‘Accusation Costume,’ in 1973, I have always tried to incorporate a message on social issues such as environmental problems, and the Daegu subway fire in 2003, in Korea.

Choiboko

Choiboko

VFW: What has been a challenge for you this year?

Choiboko: Despite my long career, and not only this year, it has always been very difficult creating new collections.

Choiboko

Choiboko

VFW: How do you stay up to date with trends?

Choiboko: Human life and nature has always been a big inspiration of my work. Trend is about human life and what they love about.

Choiboko

Choiboko

Come and see more of the creative designs of Choiboko in person at Vancouver Fashion Week on Saturday, September 23, at 8:30pm! You wouldn’t want to skip out on seeing what this international brand has to offer!

 

 

Get to Know VFW Jewelry Designers Bianca Barr & Pam Jackson

Vancouver Fashion Week got to ask a few fun questions to local jewelry designers who will be a part of our Spring/Summer 2018 season. Get to know Bianca Barr of Bianca Barr Designs and Pam Jackson of Street Cat Designs!

Bianca Barr

Designer, Bianca Barr creates artfully designed pieces that will be a perfect match for any event you’ll be attending. Each piece is handmade, so no two people will ever have the exact same piece. Check out a few more of the pieces Bianca has designed on her Instagram.

VFW: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

Bianca: Maybe somewhere Scandinavian, Copenhagen or Stockholm. I love the fashion (Acne Studios in particular), art, design and the people seem super friendly.

Bianca Barr

Bianca Barr

VFW: Is there any career that you wanted to do before you went into design?

Bianca: As a child and teenager I was very unsure of what to do as a career. The only thing I really liked was art class, so something probably art related. Or a vet, briefly, because I love animals!

 

Bianca Barr

Bianca Barr

VFW: What’s one goal that you’ve surpassed while being a designer?

Bianca: In general I’m bad at making goals. I think just the fact that I’m still making things despite stress and setbacks. A goal I had this year was to get my pieces into some more local stores and I did achieve that.

Street Cat Designs

Pam Jackson, designer and owner of Street Cat Design, creates elegant, handmade jewelry made with precious metals with unique designs, gemstones and freshwater pearls. You can also take a closer look at Pam’s designs on her Instagram.

VFW: When did you know that you wanted to go into jewelry design?

Pam: Going into to jewelry design wasn’t as much a conscious decision as it was, I think, a destiny. I began making jewelry, starting out with glass beads and cheap wire after I lost two very dear friends to cancer. Being creative with this new medium was a way to bring cheer to my grieving heart. The colorful beads and serendipitous designs soothed my soul. As I got better at my craft, I left behind the humble materials, and began using gold and silver and real gemstones, and thus grew Street Cat Designs. It amazed me how easily the tools fit in my hands, and how the designs just seemed to be a part of me, until I remembered a little hippie girl of 16 living on the streets, sitting on the sidewalk in front of a bead shop in the 1970’s, twisting wire with brightly colored wooden beads into funky earrings. I took the money the shop owner paid me for the earrings and bought food. I think Street Cat Designs was started, really, that long ago, it just took the time in between to incubate!

Street Cat Designs

Street Cat Designs

VFW: What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a jewelry designer?

Pam: To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it. I am so appreciative of the ability I have, to make things that people will pay money for, and love to wear. I suppose, if I give it some thought, I might have been a landscape designer, or a lawyer!

Street Cat Designs

Street Cat Designs

VFW: Did you have a favorite subject in school?

Pam: I didn’t have a favorite subject, as much as I had favorite teachers, who make the subjects so incredibly interesting, that you just couldn’t help but love what you were being taught. Shout out to Mrs Manders for geometry, Mr Jones for French and Mr Sawyer for English.

Come to Vancouver Fashion Week to get a closer look at the jewelry of Bianca Barr Designs and Street Cat Design!

 

Get to Know Free & Mezis

Launched in 1991, Korean-based designer Free & Mezis has two lines available to the public. Their Free Balance women’s line was launched in 1991 and they followed up with Mezis, a career-focused women’s line, in 2005. Free Balance was named to represent “an escape from chaos and uncertainty,” while Mezis represents following your desires and leading a fashionable life. Part of the label’s philosophy is that “we cannot keep ahead of other people when we do things like they do.” All their designs are well thought out and perfect for everyday life, so you don’t want to miss seeing Free & Mezis at Vancouver Fashion Week this September. 

VFW: What are your favourite fabrics to work with?

F&M: I prefer brand exclusive and distinctive fabrics, including basic fabrics featuring DTP, embroidery, and more quality.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

VFW: What has been a challenge for you this year?

F&M: I have had many things being done simultaneously, including fashion shows, exhibitions, and research and development. So I was very busy, but I enjoyed it.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

VFW: What is your favourite dinner meal?

F&M: Fresh salad and pizza full of cheese.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

A brand made for the everyday woman, Free & Mezis has a variety of designs that all women can appreciate. Be sure to check out their showcase on Saturday, September 23.

Staying Active in Style

It can be hard to find time to fit in the gym on a busy schedule, let alone find the motivation to endure a long workout after a hard day of work, school, or procrastination. But, with every plank, you become one step closer to your fitness goal, so why not show off all of your progress and confidence to your fellow gym mates by sporting some new stylish gear? Working out is a feel-good stress reliever that causes the release of endorphins and essentially makes you happier. Let that inner happiness and beauty shine through with a bright pair of kicks and a killer workout outfit to match.

Lurv Sportswear

Lurv Sportswear

The top and bottom combo is the centrepiece to your workout outfit, and the colours and patterns you choose affect the accessories you pair with it. A key factor to keep in mind when choosing an outfit is comfort, since the last thing you want to be doing during a workout is adjusting your outfit when you could be using that energy to work up a sweat. Try to layer up and wear light breathable fabrics or stretchy moisture wicking material.

Victoria Sport

Victoria Sport

What’s underneath is just as important as what’s on top! For women, running around and jumping up and down aren’t the most comfortable of activities without the support of a trusty friend. Sport bra’s are key to a women’s workout, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the ones that don’t have a cute pattern or come with an uncomfortable underwire. There are adorable options out there for everyone that have incredible support, maximize your comfort, and give you a range of motion you never thought you had!

Nike Women

Nike Women

Bold, bright, plain, or patterned, running shoes are an accent piece to any workout ensemble. While some might shy away from loud patterned tights, or bright coloured shirts, it’s easier to pair a bold shoe with a muted outfit. Whether you want to kick some butt in eye-catching apparel or in something more subtle, a good pair of sneakers provides comfort, protection, and style.

Beats By Dre

Beats By Dre

Music, in my opinion, is the most important component to a workout! The tracks set the tone, whether you are running to some upbeat cardio or lifting weights, the right (or wrong) song will affect your overall performance. With that being said, headphones are not only essential for music but they are a great fashion statement as well! Bold colours will instantly brighten up a monochrome look and turn your outfit from drab to fab.   

Tip: If headphone cord tends to get in the way of your workout, look into a wireless option!

Swell Bottle

Swell Bottle

Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Get the most out of your workout by drinking plenty of H2O before, during, and after a workout, as well as consistently throughout the day. While trips to the water fountain can be a nice little break in between sets and a nice way to scope out your surroundings, it’s a lot more convenient to have water on hand. But, who says we have to sport a wrinkled up plastic water bottle? Not only is that option less healthy and not environmentally friendly, it’s not stylish either! Opt for a stainless steel bottle instead with a trendy design to add to your style points.

On the days when you’re feeling down and the last thing on your mind is a long gruelling workout session at the gym, a stylish outfit just might be the solution. Bust out those leggings you’ve been dying to try on, crank up the tunes, and get running. You’ll feel a lot better about it once you’re done!

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Get to Know VFW Designers Inae Sung & Andre Kao

Here’s another round of Q&As with two more designers that will be showcasing at our Spring/Summer 2018 event!

Inae Sung

Inae Sung, creator behind the brand OLOH, uses a creative mix of colours, textures and styles to enhance every piece in her line. Being a recent graduate from a London college with a Bachelor in Fashion Design and Technology, we can’t wait to see what this womenswear designer brings to our runway.

VFW: What colours are you drawn to work with more than others?

Inae: At this time, BLUE.

Oloh Inae

Oloh Inae

VFW: Thoughts on ruffles?

Inae: I’ve found that the ruffle of this season is the starting point of the neutral item. At this moment, I have been thinking that the ruffle is the best example of a feminine atmosphere. But, I think everybody has a feminine side and a masculine side at the same time. When I mix materials or ideas that are active and sometimes masculine, a romantic and loving atmosphere is also created.

Oloh Inae

Oloh Inae

 

VFW: How do you handle your stress?

Inae: I like to have time be completely alone, to separate myself, so I see my stresses behind me. For example, I will have a bath on a day that is not well solved. I separate myself from the space, leave tired moods and worries in front of the bathroom door and try not to think of them. I focus on feeling the temperature, the incense and the quietness. After that, when I go out again, my tired mood disappears and it’s like my first thoughts were not such a big issue. Sometimes, I am able to find a solution with different view. This is how I adjust to the stress I have in a simple and short time every day.

Andre Kao

Striking patterns and structures are only part of what makes up Andre Kao’s label. With designs that are uniquely their own, this Taiwanese label will appeal to everyone.

VFW: What is something that you need everyday?

Andre: Inspiration.

Andre Kao

Andre Kao

VFW: What is the hardest part of being a designer?
Andre: The most difficult thing to do in designing is the process of realization.

Andre Kao

Andre Kao

VFW: What led you to pursue a career in fashion?

Andre: The true, the good and the beautiful.

 

Don’t miss seeing the beautiful designs of Inae Sung on September 21st and Andre Kao on September 22nd!

Get to Know LBYL Designed by Lee Yu Jung

Get to Know LBYL Designed by Lee Yu Jung

Lee Yu Jung, designer and owner of the Korean brand LBYL, will be showcasing at Vancouver Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2018 season! Before seeing her unique and classic ready-to-wear designs at this September’s showcase, we got to ask her a few questions.

VFW: What is your favourite thing to do when you are not working?

Lee: Actually, being a designer is a job that I can’t escape from, except for when going to bed, because to me it is always the most exciting thing to imagine new designs. What I like, except for working, is traveling, watching movies and reading a book! But while I do these things, I am not apart from my designs.

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

VFW: What is your favourite part of being a designer?

Lee: Creating something new is always an exciting part that flutters my heart. Being able to take things from my imagination, create them, and show them in the real world is a great part too! So is seeing the moment when an idea that I have been thinking of comes into the world. That is the absolute number one reason that I can’t quit this job.

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

VFW: What makes you different from similar brands/designs?

Lee: I don’t know what brands are similar to my brand. I always put some story in the clothes that I design. What I feel when I design is what I feel in the memories of my childhood. I’ve always been dreaming, reading fairy tale books and realizing that playing stories with my brothers is where I’d get vicarious satisfaction equal to the characters. I have also heard that my clothes are lovely and part of a girl’s dream.

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

LBYL Designed by Lee You Jung

With a passion for fashion, and a focus to create unique designs on a smaller scale, Lee Yu Jung devotes her time to designing pieces inspired by childhood fairy tales.  She’s one of the many international designers who will be showcasing with us on Saturday September 23rd at our Vancouver Fashion Week.

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