the mills

 

find your thread in hong kong’s techstyle story.

when nan fung textile company first started weaving in the 1950s, cloth was the most important raw material. in today’s globalised fashion industry, the finished garment is one element in the complex, high-tech pursuit of making fashion. talent and creativity are the commodities in demand: talent for ideas, design and reaching consumers through brand and story. drawing on over half a century in the industry, the mills, a groundbreaking project from the nan fung group, recognises that today talent is the raw material that matters. it must be nurtured and developed in the same way that cotton must be woven into fine cloth. to that end, the mills, in the same building it has worked in for the past 50 years, provides aspiring designers, entrepreneurs, and fashion technologists with the tools, the know-how and the space to make a truly modern, global fashion business, through collaborations with other institutions, exhibitions, mentorship programs with skilled artisans and a cutting-edge fabrication lab. 

these are the mills of the 21st century.

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hermès

Hermès, the paragon of French luxury, has consistently transformed itself for over 178 years. So when we were tasked with creating a showcase for Hermès’ latest theme, Metamorphosis, we took inspiration from the most powerful transformative force on earth: nature. Through the use of kinetic and mechanical structures, we endeavored to mimic various types of organic form and continuous movement – from the mesmerizing ebb and flow of ocean waves, right down to the elegant spirals of DNA molecules.

The installations employ natural materials such as wood and moss – juxtaposed with metal and fabric – to tell a story of transformation from the raw to the refined, organic to designed.
Dynamic morphing structures – rotating racks and undulating display platforms – each delicately framing the Hermès winter collection, revealing and concealing in a constant revolving sequence. 3 distinct window installations were then applied to individual windows in each Hermès boutique in Hong Kong and Macau, a visual display showing the beauty of transformation.

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a boy named sue

a boy named sue – a multi-brand ecommerce store, offering a collection of socially and eco conscious for one’s sartorial desires. a boy named sue was inspired by a classic johnny cash song who’s father named him sue and faced ridicule his whole life. sue learns his name is to make him tough and strong-willed reflecting the brand’s promise of strong quality aesthetics and personality.

the identity was designed on a system by which it could be effortlessly redefined to create a series of new shapes. much like there is no one singular solution to eco-fashion, the form needed to be dynamic and transitional. the packaging and stationary also follow the system of the visual identity, with bold folds and bright patterns lining the seams, the visuals embrace a refined eclecticism. the website was the final piece of the puzzle, an interactive space that came together as a curated, easy to navigate and intuitive experience.

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cartier

for their 2012 winter jewelry collection cartier came with the challenge to write and create a “catalogue film” based on already existing footage of a baby panther. the film/campaign also had to be activated in social media.
in order to be able to create the story we used cgi to “glue” together the real footage.
we then took each and every frame of the movie and created special hand made, numbered and stamped cartier winter tale cards. we released a number of these winter tale cards for each of the days remaining to christmas and invited people to look for them on the site. if you found one you could claim it on the site and have it sent to you.

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jasmin noir

jasmin noir is a bespoke jewel brand made-to-order for none other than the affluent. each jewel is one of a kind, rare and distinct in its delicate shapes and motifs. the identity, digital presence and its collaterals have idiosyncratic patterns, representing the individuality of each stone.

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a day with fé

yoga is about awareness and the journey to the final pose, rather than the pose itself. we had to make this tangible and to reflect that each piece was tailored for a specific journey. we arrived at fé: the mindful journey.

the red dot in the collaterals is the point of awareness in both a yogi’s practice and life, representing the distance of the journey, from beginning to end. each collection has a collectable series of city guides, printed in the look-book and on the hangtags. they are accessorized with a bobby pin for a mindful journey. one can also purchase a cardholders, which have the full set of hangtag journeys, covering hong kong, tokyo, new york and more.

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shanghai tang

an ad campaign and catalogue for shanghai tang 2010/2011 collection, the fauna and flora of gift showcases the power and impact of rich imagery at its best. the hardcover catalogue is designed as a coffee book displaying a camouflage of jewelry against the biological diversity in chinese woodlands. an exotic kingdom of plants were photographed to portray the marriage of asian greenery and the finest accessories of shanghai tang’s heritage.

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