Story

Exquisitely*Joy 

The Journey from Ugly Duckling and Cindarella to Modern Jedi and Sexy Ninja

Like the ugly duckling and Cinderella, I was born with dark skin and the youngest of three sisters. As a child, I was told I was ugly and useless. So I developed a strong attraction for the liberal arts (fashion, dancing, singing, painting, hanging upside down from a trapeze). It was probably a way for a little girl to compensate for her perceived ugliness. From an early age I liked to mix and match fashion elements. My family thought I dressed funny. Well, I kept to it and over the years developed my own style. My favourite designers were Rei Kawakubo, Junya Watanabe, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Dries Van Notan, Ann Demeulesmeester, Martin Margiela, Alexander Mcqueen, to name a few. I love all kinds of traditional clothing and tribal fashion. For some reason, I naturally understood them and knew how they could be worn and began to wear fashion items that were unique, high in quality and design.  

My parents are Chinese, so I had to do proper studies to get a “real” job. I became an architect. In hindsight that probably helped. I understand structure and balance, which, of course, help in making clothes. Then I went to Burning Man where radical self-expression was embraced and celebrated.  I felt liberated and connected. I loved the beautiful traditional clothing and performance fashion and wished I could dress in them everyday. I wanted to create clothes for someone like me who loves life in all the ways, colors, shapes, or forms. I wanted to create fashion that is timeless, versatile, and comfortable. I wanted to create one outfit that could turn into many outfits so that "less is really so much more."

Upcycled, vintage kimono with sleeves like the wings of a beautiful swan was the first signature item in this fashion line. With a team of highly skilled tailors and seamstresses, like the white bird in the story of Cinderella, we carefully re-engineer and modernise one kimono at a time. My hope is to preserve the unique quality of each piece like a piece of wearable art. I used the remaining fabric to make bags, purses, cushion cases, and belts. For homeware, I turn obi sash into yoga bolsters aka storage solutions. Each yoga bolster cover was the storage solution for your extra towels, pillows, and or comforters… The extra fabric was turned into clutch, iPad case or a pencil case. "Nothing is ever lost."

I work with dimensions of everyday object with the vision of an architect and the touch of a fashionable dancer. Combining my passions in yoga, healing, art and fashion, I intend to create fashion that is our second skin - so much so that we meet that jedi and ninja in each and everyone of us.  We connect with the exquisite quality of our true selves - *Joy

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