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How Furla has made a PVC Bos­ton not only a sig­na­ture, but also one of the most cel­e­brated bags around.

The Shang­hai-na­tive ven­tured into fash­ion for the same rea­son many oth­ers do: She couldn’t find what she wanted to wear in stores. Go­ing by her grad­u­ate col­lec­tion, what she wants to wear is in­deed any­thing but runof-the-mill. As in­spired by the robes of Qin Dy­nasty em­per­ors as she is by sports­wear, she cre­ated a line-up of silk pullovers, base­ball jack­ets and day dresses em­broi­dered with elab­o­rate Chi­nese mo­tifs.

Cit­ing avant-garde names like Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake as some of her favourite de­sign­ers, she upped the ante by us­ing plas­tic and gold foil for panels and em­bel­lish­ment.

“The base­ball jacket that I opened my show with took a month to com­plete be­cause I had to em­boss the gold foil then ap­ply it by hand,” she says of her te­dious work process.“It’s not easy, but I be­lieve that play­ing with un­con­ven­tional ma­te­ri­als and tech­niques will let me stand out as a de­signer.”

It’s a phi­los­o­phy that she hopes will get her clothes hang­ing along­side that of her idols: Her dream is to have her own label stocked at cut­ting-edge Hong Kong multi-label store I.T.

Li plans to re­turn to Shang­hai later this year to start her own label.

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