Yat Pit (meaning “the first stroke” in Cantonese) makes Chinese fashion – but not as you know it. The brand’s founders – Jason Mui and On-Ying Lai – are on a mission to “revive lost Chinese culture” and clothes are their medium.
Based in Hong Kong, the pair like to imagine how Chinese youth might dress if the Cultural Revolution hadn’t taken place. They take cues from traditional Chinese clothes to do so – garments which, from dynasty to dynasty, have maintained a similarly bulky, gender-neutral silhouette. Rooted in their love for and interest in their heritage, Lai and Mui are showing a different side to Chinese style – one that’s far from the West’s orientalist and, all too often, appropriative clichés.
Photography by Ren Hang
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“MétaFormose is a Taiwan-based atelier that curates and produces a small collection of handmade womenswear, accessories, and various other collectibles. Deeply informed and inspired by the eclectic culture of East Asia, MétaFormose collection is a mix of the old and the new, the east and the west, always full of contrasts but never boring.”
You can buy their beautiful pieces at their website and Etsy store.
Momo Wang is a fashion designer who made a collection called The Third Hand consisting of 12 upcycled outfits made from second-hand clothing that she found at markets in her hometown of Jinzhou in China. The lookbook was photographed by Shuwei Liu in and around a little rural village in the mountains near her hometown.
“The basic idea is to do what I can to refresh, renew, re-animate precious second-hand materials, and eventually deliver the beauty in them by my realization, and eventually have more and more people doing the same, or at least thinking similarly. A French philosopher once talked about third hand, Jacques Derrida. I like hands.”
The Third Hand Collection 2012 By Momo Wang from Museum of Friendship – MOMO WANG on Vimeo.