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ROSEN VI – The Joy and Pain of Making Clothes

There are three different kinds of hard work. Some work is hard because it’s laborious and back-breaking. Think rice farmers, street sweepers, and construction workers. Other kind of work is mentally taxing…

ROSEN-X

At the time of writing, the plane was flying somewhere over Australia’s Northern Territory. I have not had the opportunity to do any form of writing in the last few weeks as…

ROSEN V – One Night in Beijing

All ROSEN garments are available on ROSEN-STORE.COM.

ROSEN IV – The Gardens of Suzhou
Orwellian Coat O-Ren Coat Hanzo Hakama
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Behind-The-Scenes Journal and Documentations

Cultivating The Gardens of ROSEN

It goes without saying that most of us are not having a jolly good time this year. Everywhere we turn we are presented with a doom and gloom situation all around the…

A Message for 3226 – A Look into ROSEN’s Operations

Adhering to The Norm ROSEN has never followed fashion cycle nor seasons, nor any pre-determined rules of the industry. A typical industry cycle begins with showcasing collections at one of the major…

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The Melancholy of Modernity – A Look into ROSEN’s Inspiration

I am by nature a visual person, so plucking ideas from personal experiences and turning them into clothes is by far a much easier process than writing. As long as I am…

A New Stage

Ever since ROSEN was created, I have always used deadstock fabrics found in the local market. This place is by no means small, it has four levels that house a few hundred…

A Sneak Preview of ROSEN’s Next Venture

If at first you don’t succeed, walk. Whenever I begin a new project at full speed, I tend to fail. I’m the sort of person who gets overly excited by new ideas.…

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FASHION RESOURCE

A Look Into Modern Issey Miyake

When we talk about ethical fashion brands, Issey Miyake is usually not the first name mentioned. The brand does not boast about its sustainability efforts, nor its advanced textile production to make…

Rose in Comme Revisited

Some weeks ago I turned 31, marking an ever closer milestone to a decade-long dive into the universe of Comme des Garçons. On the day of my birthday, I wore a suit…

Vandalize – Undercover’s Mysterious Partner

I’ve only started fully appreciating Undercover when its designer Jun Takahashi released the Borremans collection in Fall/Winter 2015. It is a label that I’ve personally found to be more popular amongst the…

Zhu Chongyun’s Steadfast Nomadism

I had always had a problem with my water heater ever since I moved into my own flat over four months ago. It shut itself off within a minute, so to get…

The Brilliance of Issey Miyake: A Retrospective

Ask someone to name the greatest designer to come out of Japan, Rei Kawakubo would probably be recalled as often as Yohji Yamamoto. But twenty years ago, someone else’s name would have…

The Less Known Challenges of Running A Fashion Business

It has been a few years since I began working on ROSEN. Along the way, I have learnt some important lessons from my personal experience and also from observing my peers and…

The Growth of Made-To-Order Business Model

Vogue Business recently published a piece on the rising popularity of made-to-order business model. It is also important to note that the conventional fashion business model is falling apart at the seams.…

What Is It Like to Produce in China?

In continuation from the last post about clothing production, I would like to post an answer I gave in an interview that asked me what it was like to produce in China.…

Why I Was Not Disappointed by The Met Gala

The key to avoiding disappointments is to not have expectations. Which is why the Met Gala’s lack of appreciation for Comme des Garçons hardly bothered me. It is to be expected that…

Defining Androgyny and Elimination of Gender Codes in Fashion

Ever since I discovered the likes of Rick Owens and Comme des Garçons many years ago, I started developing an awareness of fashion that subverts gender binaries. I wrote an essay three…

ESSAYS

Living with The Virus – An Aftermath

The cold winter days seem to have disappeared, leaving behind warm sunshine, brisk cool winds and the chirps of sparrows every morning. It has been almost two months since I returned to…