With plenty of experience at big time labels—McQueen! Som!—Sunhee really knows how to cut a t-shirt.
What did you do before you started your line?
I went to Fashion Institute of Technology majoring fashion design and specializing in knitwear. Interlacing internship experiences at Alexander McQueen, Donna Karan, J Mendel, Jill Stuart and Peter Som, I developed my own sense of design. Upon graduating, I immediately and without hesitation set out to create my first collection.
What did you learn during your internship at McQueen?
In 2008, I designed Eiffel tower and Coil body prints for his Spring 2009 collection. Working in London with Alexander McQueen provided me with an entirely different perspective on fashion. McQueen’s approach to design showed me that there is no one-way to design.
Also, this experience is a big influence that I am now more concentrating on print along with knit. Starting from textile allows me to move beyond cut-and-sew so that I can incorporate different textures and techniques to the clothes I design. And, it gives my collection an allure and depth.
Which designer would you most like to collaborate with?
I would like to collaborate with designer Manish Arora. If I collaborate with him, it could bring something more quirky and new from me. I love the sense of humor in his designs. Maybe, I would create a crazy colorful knit dress?
Who is your favorite designer?
My favorite designer is Sandra Backlund. When I saw her knitwear collection, I immediately fell in love with her. Her craftsmanship is just amazing.
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
My favorite cartoon character is Gargamel. I love this character because he is evil but stupid. I remember I was very scared of him when I was a child, haha.
What's the last album that you bought?
Making Mirrors by Gotye—I like the songs that are minor scales.
What is your favorite thing that you own?
My favorite things are yarns in my studio. They show the history of my collection. Each season, I create new knit stitches so I order different kinds of yarn from all over the world. New yarns will arrive soon from Italy. I think I need to have one more shelf to store them though. I can’t wait to start the new season!
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is simple and casual. I always wear something minimal. I don’t really wear jewelry and accessories.
What plans, if any, do you have to extend your brand?
My plan is to be able to present my collection at New York Fashion Week because I want my line to [be introduced to] more people.
What do you hope to communicate to people through your designs?
I want people to associate my designs with quality, beauty and an element of surprise.