KOZHA NUMBERS

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Kozha Numbers bag, Issey Miyake pants

FYI this post ain’t sponsored.

I discovered Kozha Numbers a few months ago, on one of my mindless Instagram scrolls. Stumbling across aesthetic brand accounts becomes almost a daily ritual now, and so many in their relentless reposting of creditless Inspo pics become interchangeable. However, with the Kozha Numbers page, I hovered. And browsed. And scrolled. And browsed some more. Their intricate curation of art with leather made me feel like I could finally breathe. It gave me space to think, to digest and to appreciate. I was led to their minimal site, and then straight towards their DM. An interchange later, here is my 01 of the numbers. Receiving her felt like meeting an online friend lol. I had the same experience when I stumbled upon Mansur Gavriel all those candy-colored releases ago – back in their OG days when they had one bucket bag to show. So trust my instincts – Kozha is here to stay.

IN MARCH

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IN MARCH dressing gown, UNIQLO x LEMAIRE bomber. Photographed by Entong Lee.

Back and alive after finishing off another issue of Vogue Me. This time away from the online made me rethink a lot of things. Clothes only play a limited role in my life – even if I do work in fashion – and a large chunk of my life and time are dedicated to things like a job, going to the gym, talking with photographers here, and planning future projects.

So I’ve decided to be more open. I want to share with you things I really care about: Chinese designers, layouts, typography, Chinese creatives, imagery and editing, films, branding, new faces. Heck, maybe even workout tips for creatives who are short on time! I want this to be a conversation that’s not limited to clothing. This is a personal space after all, so it’s time I bring more of myself into it.

Today we are IN MARCH. Also – a planned coincidence – the brand name of the dressing gown I don above. I met Mengqi Liu, the founder, last month (ergo the puffer jacket – February was not a good idea. Fullstop). I’m actually meeting her later today, so interview and trippy pics coming soon! You can read my previous interviews with Chinese creatives here.

ANGEL CHEN

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Bags and shoes by Angel Chen SS17, Junya Watanabe trousers, Ann Demeulemeester shoes

Angel Chen’s SS17 collection features some bold ass nostalgia – for a culture that’s your own, but that somehow you can’t own. Her designs cunningly drape the present over the past. She challenges the rebellious spirit with whiffs of youthful romance and delicacy for a new millennial generation whose identity is built on the internet.

The ever-looming question of ‘Is this cultural appropriation’ is once again resurrected. Borrowing and adapting and exploring and developing is a utilitarian act – to explore cultures that don’t belong to you is even more commendable. For me, the delicacy of the exploration and the curiosity that leads the thought is what truly matters. Nationalism as we know it is outdated. It’s a time to align yourself to the ideas you believe in – not people who look like you.