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When East meets West: In conversation with Sean Suen

This June saw Sean Suen unveil his Spring/Summer 2019 collection during Paris fashion week Men’s for his self-named label launched in Beijing, China in 2012. Suen delivers Strength through the structure and a quiet confidence expressed through unique design concepts. We catch up with the designer just after his SS19 show to talk inspiration, Paris on the rise and what really matters.

Read full Interview below. 

Can you tell us a bit more about the inspiration behind the collection?

When issues arise some people hide, some people escape. I took inspiration from that. It’s very interesting. I’m always talking with my friends and everyone sees things differently.

What was the reason for your move to Paris from London?

I was presenting in London and showing there, then after two shows I talked with the PR agency and we decided that my style was more suited to Paris. That’s how everything came together, and I moved to Paris and It’s going well.

You used to live in Shanghai and Beijing; do you pull your influences from your heritage or do you try to cross-reference that of your European lifestyle?

Yeah, I’m always trying that. The lifestyle from the east is very different. People don’t travel too much, they just work. I always think about the two things together. That’s what I am working towards, a blend of the two.

You come from a graphic design background and you were also a painter, does that inspire your collections? Are you going to bring that into your work?

I’m trying to. I think about it a lot, I did graphic design before so people always say that I should incorporate more prints, but I’m just following the way a feeling. At the moment, I think the shape is graphic for me; the shape and the fabric is more interesting.


What is a regular day for Sean Suen?

 At the moment it is very crazy. We’re also doing the second brand in China now. Every day I’m just going from one studio to another. Before show time, European timing and China time is 6 hours difference, and through the winter it’s also different. It’s a long day every day, I do try to relax. I like to eat, drink and chill with my friends.

What’s the ideal Sean Suen man? Who do you like to see wearing your clothes?

The artists. They know what they want. I think that’s why they choose our brand. It’s about who understands their own lifestyle. It can be casual but can be formal too. This is for the mixed dresser.

Whats your ideal binge food?

 Hotpot. Some of them can be very spicy and others not so much.

Is there a reason that you like it so much?

It’s my hometown food. From when I was very young, I would eat it a lot so now I’m just used to it. 🙂

Words thanks to Lucy Tulley. 

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