A/W 18 #spacebound.
Inspired by the infinite possibilities that merging age-old artisanal knowledge with the innovations in technology that enhances our lives .
We are bound for space both physically, as we reach to the stars and look to Mars as another habitable planet, and metaphorically, as we seek to find a space in which we can occupy that no longer dictates deriving happiness from urban-living and mass- consumption.
A new space that is the synthesis of rural pastoral living, the slow life and our fast and hyper-connected city lives. That space is one of convergence; of bringing together old and new, handmade and robotic, to breath new life into old values and stories.
Photography by Piyatat Hemmatat
Styled by Shun Watanabe
Currently on Instagram. Another perspective.
#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.
Philip Huang for TIMO
Philip Huang for TIMO
After 10 years of experience in the fashion industry - Philip Huang wanted to create something of his own, a collection of essentials that he could travel with that could exist anywhere - from city to beach and back. It is no surprise that in launching his own line, he does so with swimming trunks, a collaboration with TIMO trunks after he realised that his own pair of TIMO trunks were indispensable to his suitcase.
Philip Huang for TIMO is the beginning of a whole new adventure for Philip with more to come.