Tuesday, May 9, 2006

Richard Chai – In Studio

This question was submitted by Vicky Yang

VY: As one of several rising Asian-American designers in the industry today, how do you feel that your heritage has inspired you in your creative intellect?

RC: The influence my heritage has on my collection is in the pure/ minimal approach to design. It is also in the way I cut clothes in an unconventional way. At first glance, the clothes appear quite simple, but upon closer inspection one can see all the intricate details and construction lines.

Thanks Vicky, great question


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  1. deovnspierling

    May 9, 2006 at 7:38 pm

    I wish you would post my question–I’d love to get Richard’s input.

  2. Faith

    May 9, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    For me, his response contains both expected and unexpected elements – but either way, it provides great insight into his design mentality. Thank you for asking the question for me! :)

  3. Anonymous

    May 9, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    Sounds like something Jil Sander would say . . . simple and timeless . . . yet on closer inspection . . .

  4. Anonymous

    May 9, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    Richard Chai is hot!

  5. Anonymous

    May 10, 2006 at 3:03 am

    hehe . . . .i agree with above.
    hmm . . i wonder if RC is available.
    only kidding!!
    but i like what he’s doing with the layers that he has on.
    it looks very light and springy.
    very smart . . because if it gets a litte warm. . simply take one off. . get a little chilly . . then put it back on.

  6. Francois

    May 10, 2006 at 9:06 am

    Very good portrait and always great comments from all

  7. Anonymous

    May 10, 2006 at 10:13 am

    He’s so yummy!

  8. Anonymous

    May 10, 2006 at 5:44 pm

    What a combination of talent and looks. Geesh.

    Please pardon but, could you provide for those of us who are struggling with it, the correct phonetic pronunciation of his name?

  9. Faith

    May 10, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    It should be Ch-aye (As in Aye aye, captain!), right?

  10. Anonymous

    May 10, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    it is richard chai.
    richard chai (chy) (rhymes with shy)
    i have seen him on the street before
    the next time, i am totally getting the digits

    something to think about:

    if he did a menswear line…how would you guys imagine it to be? based on what we know that he does for women

    now that…is a good question to ask him sartorialist.

  11. Anonymous

    May 11, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    i am korean, and his last name should sound more like chu-e(without a pause in between, as one syllable). it’s the last name that is commonly spelled ‘choi’.

    it’s great to see some young designers of korean heritage out there, like doori and richard chai, doing great in major fashion scenes. they are inspiration for aspiring fashion designers in korea..

  12. Anonymous

    May 11, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    As a fan of his work, no New York designer has a style like his. The cut of his cloths are amazing and the pieces are like couture. I can’t wait for his fall collection to hit the stores!! Talk about YUMMY!!!

  13. Anonymous

    May 12, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    The long sleeve button-down shirt worn inside the rolled up dress shirt looks almost like how men wore their shirts when they only had union suits.

  14. Anonymous

    September 12, 2007 at 4:17 pm

    Mr. Chai, where did you graduate? Parsons?

  15. Yi

    April 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    love his lips..

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