Meet the Curator & The Designers

New Boutique

Celebrating China pop-up boutique | open from Tuesday 29 January to Sunday 17 February 2019.

Chinese designers have come into their own in the last few years with so many graduating from the world’s top fashion schools, launching their own labels and showcasing these in London, New York and Paris”, explains Susie Bubble, curator of Bicester Village’s exclusive Celebrating China pop-up boutique. Here we meet Susie and the young designers whose work will be showcased at the boutique, many of whom have won prestigious new-talent awards thanks to their trail-blazing designs.

Bicester Village

Susie Bubble | POP-UP CURATOR

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Susie Bubble has transcended her humble beginnings as a blogger to become a distinctive and respected voice in the fashion industry, sharing content on Instagram with her legions of followers, contributing to numerous publications and collaborating with brands such as Coach, Gucci and Prada.

Born in the UK to Chinese parents, Susie Bubble – real name Susanna Lau – is a writer and editor living in London. Susie started her blog ‘Style Bubble’ in 2006 while studying history at University College London and used it to document her musings, personal experiences and observations on fashion, with a focus on spotlighting young and unknown talent. From 2008 to 2010 Susie worked as editor of Dazed Digital, the online arm of Dazed & Confused magazine, and now divides her time between her blog and other freelance projects as well as contributing to titles such as Pop, i-D and The Business of Fashion.

ANAÏS JOURDEN

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Anaïs Jourden – has enjoyed early success in her career as a semi-finalist for the 2015 LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize and winner of Vogue Italia’s Who is on Next? 2015 award. The brand’s collections are sold at key international retailers including Colette, Barneys, Neiman Marcus, Ikram, Shopbop and Lane Crawford.

Anaïs Jourden was founded in 2012 by Anaïs Mak. Born and raised in Hong Kong, where the brand is based, Anaïs moved to Paris to study fashion design at French fashion institute Studio Berçot, all the while making regular trips back to her home country where she could put her newly-found skills into practice. During these trips Anaïs was able to hone her designing skills in the ateliers of local garment-makers and tailors, helping her creative dreams to become a reality.


Mixing artisanal and industrial techniques to create garments that are thoroughly modern, Anaïs creates collections that lend themselves to women from all walks of life. Anaïs Jourden’s philosophy is ‘casual attitude’, delivering a graphic punch to generic femininity.

Huishan Zhang

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Huishan Zhang has been named as a member of The Business of Fashion’s BoF 500, the publication’s index of people shaping the global fashion industry.

His eponymous London-based luxury brand Huishan Zhang was launched in 2011. As a Chinese-born, London-based designer, Huishan mapped out his signature style by taking inspiration and direction from his international background. The result is a luxurious brand where eastern heritage meets western influences; his collections are romantic, sophisticated and ageless, with feminine details, strong lines and directional design.


Since its inception, Huishan Zhang has grown significantly and releases four collections a year which are stocked worldwide at stores including Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Joyce, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales and Moda Operandi, among others.

Matter Matters

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Matter Matters has been featured extensively in international media including Women’s Wear Daily, L'Officiel, Time Out, Vogue, Elle, Elle Decor, Nylon, Marie Claire, NowFashion and Refinery29.

Founder Flora Leung graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in graphic communication in 2004. She then attended the London College of Fashion where she earned her second degree for cordwainers accessory design, and with design ideas she conceived during school, she started her own label Matter Matters, which launched in July 2013.


Matter Matters is a Hong Kong-based brand with a design concept influenced by art deco, Bauhaus and post-modernist aesthetics from 80s Memphis. Its innovative use of contrastingly coloured and symmetrical geometric-shaped leather for wallets and handbags has become synonymous with the brand, making it immediately recognisable.

MukZin

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In September 2018, MUKZIN released "Daan" its Spring/Summer 2019 collection at London Fashion Week

MUKZIN was established in 2014 by designers Kate Han and George Feng. Both well-versed in the essence of Western art and fashion. Standing on a pan-Asia perspective and following the consumption trend “Oriental Fever”, they deconstruct the majestic and myriad Chinese traditional culture, via original modern costume design, and bring about a neo-orientalist aesthetic language in a brand-new dimension.

In March 2018, MUKZIN unveiled its very first overseas show in Paris and gathered a Wulin (martial arts) event on the theme of “Woman Xia” , and establish the voice of fashion from the Orient in the name of Chinese Women Xia’s revolutionary spirits.

XU ZHI

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Chen Xuzhi, founder of XU ZHI, has been nominated for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize, the International Woolmark Prize and the H&M Design Award, among other significant fashion design awards.

After graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA in womenswear design, Chen Xuzhi established his fashion brand XU ZHI in London in 2014. Thanks to its contemporary aesthetic and the unique, modern techniques that Chen employs, the brand has received widespread recognition within the fashion industry in a short period of time. In 2017, Xuzhi Chen was named on Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Asia list.

MARIEYAT

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MARIEYAT’s seamless knitwear has a focus on modernity, comfort and versatility.

Maria Yat Wei Yeung is a Hong-Kong-born, London-based designer with a degree in womenswear from Central Saint Martins, and she has previously worked for designers Hussein Chalayan and Yang Li. Yeung established MARIEYAT in 2014, taking inspiration for her designs from erotic representation and the women around her. Great attention to detail is taken in the development process and Yeung also endeavours to experiment and challenge herself with innovative designs.

YANG LI

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In 2013 Yang Li received the ELLE Style Award for Chinese Designer of the Year and the following year was selected as finalist for the LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize and the ANDAM prize.

Born in Beijing in 1987, Yang Li left China to live in Australia aged 10 and later moved to London and Belgium. Li, who is based in London, launched his eponymous brand in 2012 and has since shown 19 collections and featured on the official calendar of Paris Fashion Week as a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture. YANG LI is stocked by more than 60 retailers including Selfridges, SSENSE, LN-CC, L’eclaireur and 10 Corso Como, among others.


YANG LI’s romantic minimalism and storytelling through fashion is influenced by subcultures and rebellious visionaries and subverts the traditional pillars of luxury while maintaining high-end production values.

Snow Xue Gao

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In 2017 Snow Xue Gao won the Swarovski & Vogue Talents New Generation Award and the Vfiles Runway 8 prize.

Chinese designer Snow Xue Gao established the brand in 2017 as a deconstructed collection of tailoring and suiting with collections launched in Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter every year during New York Fashion Week. Snow was nominated for the 2018 LVMH Young Fashion Designer prize and was also named on Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 Asia list.

i-am-chen

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i-am-chen is internationally recognised internationally, and has achieved; a finalist of the International Woolmark Prize 2018/2019, Business Potential Award by Shanghai Fashion Week 2018 and more...

i-am-chen was founded in 2017 and we focus on knitting and aims to redefine knitwear by using advanced techniques and machines with untraditional yarns. Designer ZHI Chen dropped out of an engineering program to pursue her dream in fashion, eventually winning a national scholarship to study at Parsons and then graduated from the London College of Fashion.

In a fashion world obsessed with serious concepts, i-am-chen strives to bring the fun and light-hearted spirit to people who embrace a sense of childish playfulness and happiness.

The brand has now reached 50 stockists globally for the SS19 season, including Browns Fashion, Desperado, ShopBop and Lane Crawford. 

Ryan LO

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Ryan Lo’s fans include Laura Bailey, Georgia May Jagger, Maddi Waterhouse, Kiko Mizuhara, Marina and the Diamonds, Kylie Minogue and Ellie Goulding.

Hong-Kong-born Ryan Lo graduated from the London College of Fashion in 2011. His 2013 Spring/Summer collection was showcased as part of Lulu Kennedy MBE's Fashion East catwalk show and the brand was also awarded NEWGEN sponsorship in 2014 and 2015.


Now an established fixture on the London Fashion Week schedule, Lo continues to collaborate with some of the most influential professionals within the industry, including hair stylist Sam McKnight and milliner Stephen Jones, as well as the best creative talents of this generation including stylist Victoria Young and fashion writer Susie Bubble.

 

 

FURNITURE DESIGNERS

 

STOOL BY TIANYI SHI

Tianyi Shi is a furniture / product designer graduated from MA Design (Furniture), Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Tianyi’s graduate project “Inside Out” deconstructs everyday upholstered furniture. Breaking the formal conventions of upholstered furniture and exploiting what happens when the internal structures drive the aesthetic, practical and physical form for extravagant new artifacts.


YUANYUAN ARMCHAIR BY ZHIGANG LU

He was inspired by techniques of Chinese calligraphy – the moves, turns, contours, inclination and direction of the strokes of Chinese characters. Ease embodies the ‘dignified and fair’ aspect of Chinese tradition and applies ergonomics for the highest possible comfort. Vigor is a high-backed chair. Hand-crafted from superior rosewood, it has a smooth shape and lines and a beautiful wood-grain texture.


TREE CHAIR BY ZHILONG ZHENG

Zhilong Zheng’s design story dates back to 13 years ago when he headed south to Guangzhou, over 400 miles away from his home, to study architecture and environmental art. ‘Tree Chair’ adopts North American black walnut, birch tumour and hard maple, balances the colour by adjusting the proportion of the size of different wood and retains the natural shadow of the tree.


IN YOUR FAVOR” BY JUNO SHEN

In January 2019, Beijing born and New York-based Neon Artist Juno Shen will release “In Your Favor”, a collection of four limited production neon art works based on traditional Chinese symbols of wealth, happiness, foresight, and luck. Each piece is a combination of hand bent neon, plexiglass, and holographic film that come together to form the ultimate good luck charm to help you shift the odds “In Your Favor”, as Chinese mythology believes regardless of what the god’s throw your way, your ultimate fate rests in your hands.

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