Korean-born fashion designer with an eye for the architectural
In Gangnam, where I am from, there’s a Korean-style Italian restaurant that I always visit called Tutto Bene. They serve pickled radish with the tops still on, replicating kimchi, and sea urchins with roe and pasta.
The owner created two amazing restaurants; his ethos was to keep his restaurants for over 100 years. There are so many food trends in Korea, but Tutto Bene is an institution for me. They don’t compromise on the standard of food.
I had a teaching job in Seoul last year, so I went multiple times. I have lots of friends and family there, but I do feel like a stranger now since I’ve been in London for 14 years. Seoul has changed a lot since I left.
I used to live right next to Labour and Wait in Redchurch Street, London, and they have a concession at Dover Street Market. They sell classic artist smocks, workwear jackets and belts made from bridle leather. It’s such an eclectic collection; I love looking through the knick-knacks and finding unusual stationery.
Lisbon in Portugal has a fabulous soap company, Claus Porto, which I stock up at whenever I’m there. And I love the food [in Lisbon], especially pastel de nata [egg tart pastry] from Pastéis de Belém.
I travel light, but I always carry a “The Billiard-room Of Jean-jacques” room spray by Lola James Harper. It’s my signature home scent.
I’d love to collaborate with Kvadrat; they produce really high-quality fabrics. I have a sofa made from their fabric; it’s probably my favourite piece in the house.
I find a lot of inspiration in architecture, but I like to create clothes for the occupier. It’s more of a mood than a direct influence.
The Villa Muller, designed by Adolf Loos, is one of my favourite landmarks. His work inspired my AW17 collection. I haven’t had the chance to go yet, but his work was so ahead of his time.
All fabric has strengths, but I love to work with wool tailoring. There’s so much movement you can create with skilled stitching and pressing.
I love seeing new exhibitions in London. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but I love the Hayward Gallery and The Serpentine Gallery
The first thing I look at is the silhouette of an outfit. It’s all about the proportions.