Philip Huang made a name for himself as a model, the first Asian model to hit high fashion runways and go on to star in countless campaigns, working with the most creative and influential names in the fashion industry. This experience goes beyond fashion as it has enabled him to travel the world over, not just for shoots but during the downtime between shoots and shows which has inspired him to create something of his own. This "something" is clothes and things that can travel with him, lightly, in his suitcase and be used in any context, anywhere in the world.
Essentials, but not just throw-away ones, rather, ones that last.
Instagram gave rise to #streetstyle, thus we take it back to its origin, to Instagram to preview AW18, alive and kicking on our friends on the streets of NYC.
#paradisefound features "Collection 0" F/W 2017 and a sneakpeek of "Collection 1" S/S 2018
In a dystopian reality that is surrounded by lush nature but at the same time is lost and left in ruins, paradise is found.
"Collection 0" #isandreams signifies the beginning of the journey. After nearly 2 years of travelling to Sakon Nakhon and working with the Indigo Grandmas we discovered that there is more, as time passed like a dream, we realised that collaboration with the Indigo Grandmas also meant experimentation which includes deconstruction and creation.
"Collection 0" is a Capsule Collection that contains the results of these experiments, versatile pieces that can travel anywhere that takes a little of the old and merges it with the new. Like in dreams where different dimension collide; the clothes too can transform are transitional and can exist anywhere.
*the only text visible on the awning says New York in Thai, this is the shopfront that sells winter clothes in Sakhon Nakhon City across from the hotel that Philip calls home when visiting the Indigo Grandmas.
The t-shirt is probably one of the simplest and most utilitarian articles of clothing ever created. Originally, conceived as an under garment for men it has become a uniform for many for generations now. For Philip Huang, it is a staple and forms the basis of everything, it is a quintessential part of the personal uniform. As a result we went to the drawing board and designed a t-shirt as many brands and designers before us have and created what is to us, the perfect one- light weight, roomy, soft, 100% organic and in a range of colours literally found in nature. From our white t-shirts, the very basic one we started with we went on to collaborate with our original Sakon Nakhon indigo grandmas and another village in Chaiyapoom also known for their expertise in natural dyes and weaving. Our Chaiyapoom grandmas dye t-shirts for us using a range of plants and flowers that are found in their locale, in the jungle and on the farm, sometimes even their very own backyard.
In 1998, Tiravanija and fellow Chiang Mai-based artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert initiated The Land. The Land is an experimental art and community project that offers an open space for social engagement, alternative education, and self-sustainable development. It engages artists and collaborators from different disciplines and interests through projects such as a house-building project, rice cultivation, and alternative-energy experiments.
The Land Foundation was founded in 2004 to look after the The Land itself and to establish a platform for engagement and experimentation, it welcomes local and international communities interested in being part of a space where land is cultivated, art is created and dialogues are commenced.
The most primitive natural place driven by a vision for a future of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Powered by the sun with the objective of preservation of knowledge to be passed on for generations and sharing the most exquisite produce derived from nature that is free from reliance on pesticides and modification. That is the farm that we work with in Chaiyapoom.
Indigo plants grow in abundance in the province of Sakon Nakhon and the knowledge and know-how to create the most exquisite natural dye from these plants have been passed on through many generations in the province .
The savoire-faire is kept alive with an older generation of grandmas in villages throughout the province. These keepers of this ancient art, able to create the purest blues and the most intricate Ikat patterns, skills learnt from their elders, honed to perfection from years of practice.
It is the leaves of the Indigo tree that becomes the blue dye that is used, it is soaked over a period of time then fed nutrients as it cold-brews, a fermentation process which gives the deepest and warmest colour. Everything comes into play, the water, the timing, the food fed to the Indigo (it likes sugar and sometimes ash water). To become blue, it needs to oxidize, at first a lively green it becomes blue as it breathes in Oxygen.
Our collaboration with the Indigo Grandmas of Sakon Nakhon has been a life-changing experience, to spend time with them, to observe, and to learn.
The Indigo is a living, breathing thing and we must nurture it as it gives us these brilliant blue hues, this is what we learnt from the Indigo Grandmas and what we wish to share.
The 1st Series of our Collaboration consists of 100% Organic Cotton T-shirts dyed by Indigo Grandmas and Shorts made from 100% Organic Hand-woven Cotton, woven and dyed by Indigo Grandmas.
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PLAYN was born out of the desire to share a passion for design and a vision for a sustainable way of life with those who look for a pair of stylish glasses.
PLAYN stands for classic shapes with focus on subtle details, handcrafted eyewear that withstands the tests of time - and trends.
PLAYN Sun Lenses come with an array of coatings including premium UV protection of up to 420nm and Super Hydrophobic coating that makes cleaning your lenses absolutely effortless. They are also tinted by hand, one by one, which allows PLAYN to create their very own lens colour.
Introducing Philip Huang x PLAYN
An exclusive collaboration between Philip Huang and PLAYN in time for the summer with two designs:
Black Onyx acetate Barbey frames together with hand-tinted Rose Lenses
Champagne acetate Barbey frames together with hand-tinted Champagne Lenses
Each pair of sunglasses is handmade and individually tinted. Expect vision and mood enhancing results.
For each pair of glasses sold, a tree is planted with the Plant a Tree Today Foundation (Thailand and UK)
TIMO was founded in 2010 by Pow Foongfaungchaveng in Bangkok, Thailand.
Pow was inspired by the castaway on a desert island, washed ashore with only his swimming trunks. He finds the island to be paradise and there he builds his own castle.
Being from Thailand where beaches are abundant it is easy to escape to a tropical paradise and designing awesome beach-ready swim trunks was what Pow first set out to do. However, he soon realized that he wanted more than just trunks for the beach but trunks that could be as easily worn in the city - at the gym, doing yoga, even to brunch - it inspired him to create a line with specific performance qualities. He was meticulous in searching for the right fit, the right material and making sure that the shorts dry quick and even have their own little pouch to live in.
TIMO was born.