GARY LIN from Taiwan
“Taipei is a crowded, multi-cultural city. You can immerse yourself in art and literature at the bookstore and then pop into a night club just across the street to dance the night away. Those who live in Taipei are easily adaptable. Every Saturday morning, men and women leave the bar at dawn and enter the bookstore. It is not just a thirst for the knowledge, but also a search for a kind of peace and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The inspiration behind my design comes from the mixture of Taipei’s cultural atmosphere and its wild, sexy appearance. There is a strong sense of contrast and asymmetry, just as the bookstore and the club are contrasted, and yet, every piece seems harmonious in its own right.”
Gary loves neutral shades, especially black and gray. He specializes in designing with the most drape-able quality of knitwear and using asymmetrical details to demonstrate the strong characteristics of the women of Taipei. These designs highlight their willingness to break the bonds of tradition. Gary put a lot of effort into creating tactile sensations and focuses heavily on the quality of his sweaters. He also adopts a different way of production in making his clothes. He uses knitting wool as his base, using a plain weaving to endow his sweaters with elasticity and variability. His whole design is the mixture of New York’s minimalist aesthetic and Taipei’s crowded, but vibrant mixture of lifestyles. He makes his works distinctive by incorporating his personal style, and all of his designs come from Gary’s understanding of Taipei’s urban life.