by Fair Fashionista - Sanne
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


Founder: Ki Chan Lee

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


Seoul Fashion Creative Studio Room A05

22 Majang-ro, Jung-gu

Seoul, South Korea


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