For our first entry in The Journal following an amazing journey through the showrooms and trade shows of Paris Fashion Week, we are excited to introduce you to this amazing conceptual brand from Seoul, Soulpot Studio by fashion designer Su Jinn Kim. Having been around since 2009, they have amassed a decent following in Asia, though they are little known in the West. They were even recognised by Vogue Talents as The Ones To Watch for South Korea. Their aim is to blur the lines between fashion and art.
We met Soulpot Studio in the halls of Tranoi where they were showcasing their Mother collection for Autumn Winter 2016. They describe the collection as being inspired in shape, colour and detail by the first interactions between child and mother. We were first drawn to their collection by our love for everything black. As we perused the collection, we got the chance to look at the look book which is a MUCH better representation of the garments, as you can see them on real bodies. The androgynous aesthetic of the collection is indicative of the Soulpot Studio brand image. The tailoring of the collection was superb, the fabrics luxurious and the details were so well thought out. Soulpot Studio also uses natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, mohair, alpaca and some great cellulose fibres like Tencil, staying true to their Eco-friendly stance. We also love that they source their fabrics from South Korea or Japan and all items are produced in their home country. When you have the chance to touch the garments, you can truly feel the high quality of the textiles used. We also love all of the details used to add interest to the garments, taking these minimalist garments and turning them into something more avant-garde. Part of the Soulpot Studio design philosophy is to create garments that do not draw unnecessary attention, it is hard to see how such amazing garments would not cause heads to turn! Just like when we saw the collection on the hanger, words simply cannot do the pieces justice, so here it is in pictures.
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