Words by Reneé Rodriguez
A former apprentice for fashion greats Donna Karan, J Mendel, Jill Stuart and Peter Som, Sunghee Bang made her first big break in the industry when several of her prints landed in Alexander McQueen's Spring 2009 collection. Though already praised as an emerging designer long before graduating from F.I.T, her experience with the late icon shifted her entire perspective on fashion. His approach to design, she recalls, showed her there is no one-way to design, a lesson that stayed with her upon graduating.
While her former classmates began searching for jobs, the South Korea native found an artist loft and immediately launched her namesake knitwear collection. An amalgamation of minimal silhouettes, intricate knit stitches and handcrafted aesthetic paired with sophisticated design, Sunghee brings exceptional quality to the surface with each piece.
"I believe that being the key player in every step of the design process retains the strength and individuality of my unique vision."
A firm believer in the idea that fashion is a canvas on which one draws their own creation, Sunghee takes an active role in each step of the design process, working with a wide range of materials and construction techniques. This involves creating knit stitches, designing her own print and textile, and developing her patterns with a variety of methods and approaches. It comes as no surprise, then, that the dedicated Brooklyn-based designer is continually revered as a forward-looking fashion star on the rise.
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