I met Daniel Chew in 2017 at Mission Chinese for the Yellow Jackets Collective’s Lunar New Year celebration. He briefly mentioned launching a brand and inquired my interest in walking. Less than two months pass, and I meet Tin Nguyen at 47 Canal for a fitting. Summer 2018, Tin and Daniel, brought me back to their studio to be an e-com mannequin. By the time I arrived at the bustling park to rehearse Season III titled "Surface Trend", I was bringing press.
As leading voices in New York’s fine arts scene, the two designers were able to comprise an extensive list of industry professionals to collaborate on the production. Cameron Tidball-Sciullo, of fn-up studio, generously filmed the official runway video; and celebrity publicist Cynthia Leung was seen both on, and off, the runway. All of the models were friends of the brand, but they are all artists, musicians, even fellow fashion designers. In short, it was a performance only capable of life because of its players.
A dialogue on dialogues: Daniel, Tin, and I, decided this conversation was going to be contextualizing piece on art itself. Our goal was to offer something different, and, well, artful. Between a back alley, under full construction, and an almost oriental gazebo—perhaps, a playful nod to CFGNY’s famously “vaguely Asian” description. We briefly chatted until the city soundtrack reclaimed her ground.