Can you loosely share with us your design process and how this collection eventually formed itself?
I can’t specifically recall how I did everything in detail, however I do remember spending a considerable amount of time thinking I had to do something in order to make it special. The North Face is a long established brand, and there’s no need to go tweaking around with that, so I wondered what it was I could do, and everything kind of started from there. In the end, I went for something that involves a lot of variety in design, however can still be worn with relative ease. Even though there is a lot of “decoration”, I thought it would be more interesting if the clothes could still be worn by anyone. Even though the clothes themselves aren’t simple, the clothes could be simply worn by anyone. This is the main point I’m happy with.
Please tell us about the overall design inspiration behind your latest FW18 collection?
There isn’t exactly one specific point of inspiration, as there’s inspiration drawn from various fields, however there was already a loose concept in place from The North Face’s side which was called, ‘Shelter.’ It was from there that I took this concept in, and expanded this idea and design of ‘Shelter’ through clothing. So it’s not as if I just randomly started the design process from somewhere, there was already a loose idea already and I further expanded it from there.
How do you integrate your own design ethos into that of The North Face?
As I mentioned earlier, even though there may be a lot of design involved, I wanted to make something that was easy to wear. There are a lot of things involved in the background but I thought the end result was good because it’s not difficult to wear. This for example, it may have a lot of pockets but anyone can really put it on and not look out of place.
What are some of the hidden technical and utility elements in the collection?
The most obvious one was this one. This pocket has one of the most distinct finishes, where you can roll up the jacket and sling it over your shoulder like a bag. Basically, I think it’s more convenient to have your hands free, so you can carry it if it’s too hot or if you want to ride your bicycle. I also thought about making it packable, but rather than that, I thought it would be more interesting to put the flap on the outside, which is why this long tape is needed in order for it to function. There are people who make it long like this for design or aesthetic reasons, but in this case it’s for function, and in this case, function comes first before design.