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KI LEE, Korean accessories brand
KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

KI LEE showed their 22SS collaboration collection with a Korean menswear brand the STOLEN GARMENT in NYFW as part of NYMD (New York Mens Day,a bi-annual initiative intended to help nurture emerging talent and consolidate the showing of contemporary menswear and genderless collections) event.

KI LEE and the STOLEN GARMENT have had a continued partnership since the STOLEN GARMENT’s 19SS collection. Every season, KI LEE designs 2-3 new pieces for the collaborative collection which include ready-to-wear products as well as runway pieces. Depending on the wholesale orders and/or the responses of the general public, these collaborative pieces are sometimes added to KI LEE’s carry-over roster. An example of this would be the BRENDEL mini bucket bag from the 20SS collection. This collaboration has provided KI LEE both the challenge and opportunity of working with different silhouettes, uses and moods, and has continued to be an important source of inspiration in the label’s overall direction.

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

This was the second time KI LEE and the STOLEN GARMENT showcased their designs as part of NYFW NYMD, following the previous 21FW season. Unlike the previous season when the entirety of NYFW was held in digital format, the 22SS NYFW held physical shows and events in New York. As a result, KI LEE, the STOLEN GARMENT and Q millinery (a hat-maker and another long-time collaborator of the STOLEN GARMENT) traveled to New York, and held a physical presentation along with other emerging brands represented in the NYMD group.

For the collaboration collection 22SS collection “high-strung,” KI LEE has designed two items: PAGES cross-body bag, and PAGES accordion bracelet/anklet. The name and design of these pieces were inspired by the story of saint Anthony of Padua – the patron saint of stolen or lost things.

“The traditional practice of praying for St. Anthony’s help in finding lost or stolen things is traced to an incident during his lifetime that occurred in Bologna. According to the story, Anthony had a book of psalms that was important to him, as it contained his notes and comments for use in teaching his students. A novice who had chosen to leave had taken the psalter with him. Prior to the invention of the printing press, any book was hand-copied, and thus, an item of high value; a Franciscan friar in particular, given his vow of poverty, would have found such an item difficult to replace. When Anthony realized his psalter was missing, he prayed it would be found or returned, after which the thief was moved to not only return the book to Anthony, but also return to the order. The stolen book is said to be preserved in the Franciscan friary in Bologna.” (excerpt from online sources)

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand

PAGES celebrates 1) plant-based nature of the cork fabric, 2) the central role bibliographical research plays in the design process of KI LEE products, and 3) the collaborator the STOLEN GARMENT’s brand story that also involves a theft. For these designs, KI LEE has returned to using the Italian cork fabric whose sourcing has recovered to normal after having been severely unstable due to the pandemic’s direct hit to the supply chain in Italy. Each of the folios on the PAGES accordion bracelet/anklet goes through multiple segmented sewing and edge-treatment steps to create a unique structure that stretches and contracts to fit both the wrists and the ankles, while the PAGES cross-body bag mimics the distinct silhouette of a bound book with its magnetic closure taking on the inverse form of a book’s spine. Based on the positive response and interest of the buyers, KI LEE has decided to add the PAGES cross-body bag to its carry-over roster, and create 5 colorways using both cork and mulberry leather, which are planned to be sold starting in 2021 December.

KI LEE, Korean accessories brand
KI LEE

KI LEE

Founder: Ki Chan Lee

Seoul-based accessories brand with a commitment to intelligent designs and sustainable materials.

KI LEE

Seoul Fashion Creative Studio Room A05

22 Majang-ro, Jung-gu

Seoul, South Korea

Hours
Monday–Friday
10am–6pm

Phone
+82 70 7847 5117

Website
https://kileekorea.com

 

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Korea Furniture Museum consists of 10 traditional houses brought together from different locations and features more than 2500 pieces of traditional Korean furniture. The items are all part of the personal collection of the founder and director Mi Sook Jung, who opened her collection to the public in 1993. The museum has been praised as the most beautiful museum in Seoul and celebrity visitors such as Victoria Beckham and Brad Pitt have helped put the museum on the map for international travelers with a penchant for history, art, and design.

Ki Chan Lee is the founder and designer at the sustainable Korean fashion brand KI LEE. In this blog post, he tells us about one of his favorite places in Seoul: Korea Furniture Museum.

The first thing I really enjoy about visiting the Korea Furniture Museum is its location. Visiting the Seongbuk-dong neighborhood where the museum is located is in itself a rare occasion to be in the historic and quiet residential area of the city. Standing on the gravel-lined front yard of the museum situated on a green hillside, the visitor gets to enjoy what has drawn generations of wealthy Seoulites to take up residence in the neighborhood. 

Secondly, Korea Furniture Museum is quite unique in that it provides its visitors with an immersive experience that encourages them to think about not only the contents of its exhibits, but also its own history and context. I like to compare the Korea Furniture Museum to New York’s “the Met Cloisters,” a medieval arts museum run by the Met. Having incorporated parts of historic architecture into the built environment (old Korean houses in the KFM’s case and European monasteries for the Cloisters) both museums are testament to the collectors’ personal commitment, as well as the organizational and logistic expertise of the institution. From the excellent guided-tours, you hear not only about the artefacts themselves, but also their respective history and relationship to the founder of the museum, which in turn reveals a very intimate perspective on Korea’s culture around art, craftsmanship and patronage during the period spanning form late Joseon-era to early modern times.

Who should visit Korea Furniture Museum?

I recommend the Korea Furniture Museum to anyone who visits me from abroad, but the museum would be an especially special place for those who are interested in art and design. Because of its relative obscurity among many locals, I also recommend it to those who are visiting someone who lives in Korea to have a shared first-time experience.  

How long time do you need at the museum?

The official guided tour of the museum is one hour, but I recommend adding an extra half an hour to both before and after the tour to walk about and experience the old and almost-aristocratic residential area.

What is special about Korean traditional furniture? What characterizes the design?

As with any furniture, Korean traditional furniture was designed so that its functions and appearance best served its environment as well as its users. One aspect of Korean traditional furniture that makes it quite unique is its close relationship with the unique measuring system in traditional Korean architecture called Kan. Referring to the distance between two pillars that repeats itself throughout a given building, serving as the basis of its architectural order, Kan differs from one building to another, even though they were within a given range. In other words, each building was born from its own foundational system of order, which was then reflected in the design of the furniture. As a designer, I admire this pre-industrialization marriage between individualism and order and feel humbled by the subtle language of beauty and harmony.


Korea Furniture Museum, 121 Daesagwan-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Hours of Operation: Tue-Fri: 11am-7pm, Sat: 9am -6pm, Tel: +82-2-745-0181

It is recommended that you make a reservation online for your preferred date and time of your visit. The admission fee is 20,000 KRW, and it is paid at the entrance. Photos are not allowed at the museum except for at the designated photo zone. No food and drinks are allowed inside the museum. English guided tours are available at 2pm, 3pm,4pm and 5pm on a first come, first served basis.


KI LEE

KI LEE – Ki Chan Lee

KI LEE is a Seoul-based accessories brand with a commitment to intelligent designs and sustainable materials.

www.kileekorea.com

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