The Silk Bible

The continuously-updated fabric guide to silk for modern fashion design

ABOUT ME

This blog is a collection of my essays that I have written over the years. My main interests lie in the inner workings of the fashion industry, socio-economics studies and philosophy. My day job is running and designing for ROSEN and its diffusion lines.

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A Summer Retrospective

In which I revisit summer-appropriate looks that spanned almost a decade

We Need to Change Because The Big Guys Won’t

It is time we recognise that we live in a rentier fashion ecosystem. Corporate earnings are funnelled to the upper echelons off the backs of workers from distant lands. There’s no changing the status quo unless we figure out how the game works.

“It’s The Economy, Stupid”: The Rise of Neoliberalism and Its Control on Fashion

A look into how this predatory form of transnational capitalism manipulates fashion industry for the benefits of the 21st century landlord class

ROSEN Sophora Dress

Building A Fashion Brand with A Purpose

How to compete in this cutthroat industry we call fashion by building a brand with meaning and humility.

On The Cusp of 2022

In which I wrote another essay on the train, zipping from the South to the North of China on a pilgrimage to seek a master.

How The Feds are Shaping Your Purchases: An Imminent Loss of Power in Consumer Choices

In late March 2020, the pandemic was beginning to grip the Western hemisphere. A few…

Four Ways to Start Your Fashion Design Career

Some time ago I wrote an essay regarding the initial considerations you should mull over…

In The Grounds of Ganden Sumtseling Monastery – A Gateway to Tibet

It is hard to believe that Shangri-La exists as an actual place. Unlike Yunnan’s other…

A Call for Hard Truths and Contemplation

We have to come to terms with the ugly truths on how the world is run before we can determine our purpose in life

Fashion As A Career: Initial Considerations

As fashion is becoming more fashionable, especially through the rise of visually-driven materialistic social media,…

A Guide to Affordable Fashion Editorial Production

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream that I could still recall clearly.…

Balancing Fantasy and Reality

Contemplating destruction and decay while walking around Shanghai’s old neighbourhood

A Simplified Guide to Clothing Production

Prologue Four months ago, I embarked on an ambitious journey to design ROSEN-X garments I…

A New State of Affairs

I started this blog before I went to university, which was roughly a decade ago.…

Cultivating The Gardens of ROSEN

It goes without saying that most of us are not having a jolly good time…

A Look Into Modern Issey Miyake

When we talk about ethical fashion brands, Issey Miyake is usually not the first name…

Dance, Dance, Dance

Junya Watanabe’s Army

Junya Watanabe parka, wool shirt and parachute jacket; Y's trousers; Margiela tabi boots; Alexander Wang…

Issey Miyake’s Technical Outerwear

Issey Miyake, creating technical outerwear for the everyday since the 70s. Discover the selection of…