Atsushi inspired by China
Ong Chin Huat
Designer Atsushi Takekoshi has drawn on experience picked up from working in design houses such as Issey Miyake, Cerruti, Gucci and Donna Karan with his new line of Chinese-inspired clothes.
The owner of the label - simply called Yi, which means clothes in Chinese - is Magdalena Lee, a businesswoman with extensive experience in the garment industry.
'The concept behind Yi is to take traditional Chinese details and modernise them,' says New York-based Atsushi. 'The fabrics will come from China where there are special weaving and dyeing techniques, while the garments will be made in Hong Kong.' For the first collection, which will be available from March at the Swank Shop, Atsushi used silk in different weights and textures. The silhouette is body-conscious and lean, which Atsushi achieves by a three-dimensional cut. 'Cutting in a three-dimensional way is more flattering and it accentuates the curves of a woman's body. Sleeves are also cut on the bias so they hang beautifully.' Learning about cutting was a skill he honed in Cerruti, while Issey Miyake taught him a great deal about fabrics.
'Yi is really the centre of my work and we plan to make it an international label to show the world what Hong Kong is capable of.'