Korean Fashion Designer Interview: KAAL E. Suktae

Interview by Brittany Wacher for Fluxus agency Asia

Production by Vincent Sung

Directly after graduating from l’Ecole de La Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne in 1997, Kaal launched his eponymous label. Kaal E. Suktae, a modern contemporary brand, structurally avant-garde in aesthetic, and reaping cultures of their sensitivities. Kaal gives great pride in his “hands- on approach”, explaining that continuing to develop his craftsmanship and developing the work himself is very important to his vision. After borrowing a few of his pieces for a photo shoot in Seoul, we sent him some questions as they left us wanting more.

B: When did you decide you wanted to become a designer? What age and what got you into it? 

K: I decided to become a designer at the age of 19, when I was really touched by the French designer, Jean Paul Gaultier.

B: How would you describe your style?

K: I would describe my style as “structural avant garde”

B: Where do you get your spark from? What lights you on fire?

K:I get my inspirations from every parts of my daily life. Every little thing I encounter in my everyday life inspires me.

B: Describe the kind of person you see wearing your clothes

K: I see a very confident 21st century women with a modern taste wearing my clothes.

B: What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

K: I have to overcome the challenges of the “new and the original" at every collection.

6. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

K: The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is a phrase from the Proverbs , which is “This too shall pass away”.

B: What stands out to you in other designs or other artwork you admire?

K: I admire the designs of Le Corbusier, Ando Tadao and Zaha Hadid. And their architectural designs really stands out to me.

B: What can you tell us about your upcoming collection

K: I am currently working on to introduce a new genderless brand.

B: Tell us about one of your favorite pieces you’ve designed and why you love it.

N: I would pick my 2013 F/W collection as one of my favorites. Why I have chosen this particular collection s that I was really satisfied for its progressiveness and up-and- coming designs.

B: Do you enjoy working with fabrics… Pattern drafting, draping, sewing… What’s your favorite part of the process? 

 K: I really like every stage of the process. Amongst them I would choose Pattern making and sewing as the most significant part of the entire process.

B: Your fabrics, where do you get them from ( Korea?) and your manufacturing, in house? Or in factory? 

K: I get the fabrics mostly from Japan and Europe. However, I do use Fabrics from Korea at times. The manufacturing is done in factory.

B: Finally, Your biggest desire in life …

K: My biggest desire in life is becoming a “cool designer”

Please visit http://www.kaalesuktae.com/ for stockists and more interesting facts.