FASHION | 1F | 09 JUN 2017

Joe Chia

Known for its modern interpretation of masculinity and femininity, Joe Chia is a brand that has grown from humble origins to become one of Malaysia’s hottest emerging labels. Introduced to the world of fashion via childhood trips to local thrift shops, self-taught designer Joe Chia has taken an experimental approach to evolving his brand, which is now stocked in 17 countries across Asia, Europe, America and the Middle East. Inspired by real people, each seasonal collection casts a refined eye on the past, referencing both traditional and urban elements along the way.

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Presenting his brand at The Japan Store for the first time, the designer has created a collection of original pieces featuring the brand’s monochromatic palette, relaxed silhouettes and subtle details. “The collection features a series of artisanal yet wearable garments with Japanese-inspired elements, ranging from everyday basics to minimal, experimental pieces and leather accessories,” Joe explains. “Each piece is made up primarily of natural fibres such as cotton, linen and wool to provide comfort.” Presented in a custom-made space adorned with a series of hand-braided looms, the collection provides a glimpse into the aesthetic of one of the city’s up-and-coming designers.

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