LOOKING FOR SCHAI
Since the beginning, I’ve been following the work of local fashion brand Schai. Not because the designer, Suk Chai, was my former manager, but also one of the most incredibly creative person I know. Ever since we’ve worked together, Suk the brave soul that she is, is living every designer’s dream by creating her own fashion label.
On our coffee meeting, I asked her “what’s it like starting your own label”? She said, “hustling and hard work, but you got to love it”. You can see the passion of her work in her creations. From luxurious Italian fabrics to the vegetable-dyed leather, each piece is crafted to perfection. Inspired mostly from architectural lines and shapes, the details and cut are precision to say the least.
It’s been a few seasons since Schai was established and I’ve only tried on the clothes for the first time. They all fit like it was made just for me. You know when clothes fit well on you, you feel confident. That only comes with quality and attention to detail.
Speaking true to an artist, when creating a new season, Suk conveys a poetic story. The creative process from choosing the fabrics, colors, notions and textures all bridge together seamlessly. The latest collection called Monsoon, is inspired by the weatherly season in Asia borrowing the elements of water.
The Crescent Shirt in white, is cut in a relax silhouette in the most crisped cotton poplin I’ve ever worn. The dolman sleeves gives me ample movement and comfort, while running around the city. Its tailoring details is sophisticated enough to wear for work. I also tucked the shirt (as I do with everything nowadays) into the skirt to stay relevant and put together.
The Cargo Wrap Skirt, is one of my favorite pieces in the collection. It’s made in the most softest Italian cotton/linen stretch denim. The details of the wrap skirt silhouette, with an angled fold over waistband and self-tie, makes the perfect waist statement. I like to show some legs when I wear a long skirt, so the surplice wrap does just that. The asymmetrical cargo pocket holds my phone and a lip gloss! Functional and sexy! That’s my kind of skirt.
I love these perforated lace oxford shoes I bought from Louise et Cie last year. (Here’s a similar one) Gives this outfit texture and balances the white/denim/tan colors. The lace pattern is juxtaposes the idea of a menswear style shoe. Girl meets boy!
This slouchy Vanessa Bruno bag, I’ve kept in my closet for years. It’s one of those pieces you know will never go out of style. The vegetable dyed tan color is just beautiful. Supple yet sturdy leather is holding its shape after all this time. (Here’s a similar one)
The graphic scarf is by Debbie Martin Designs. All their prints are exclusive only to their brand. So you are getting an original piece of artwork wrapped around you. Adding scarves are great ways to add color to your look.
Tip: You can also try a band tee and some cute sneakers to make this a weekend casual look. Or wear a tank bodysuit and some heels, and you’re ready for a date night!
When I contacted Suk about featuring her fashion brand on my blog, she was excited for this project. I confessed to her I felt my blog was not worthy of her gorgeous clothes, since I was just a small time blogger. Then she admitted she had tried to contact me about working together, when I first started blogging. Unfortunately I never received that email. Fast forward one year later, we’re here today celebrating Schai! Can’t wait to see more from the fashion brand and it’s just getting started!
Another Seattle local designer in the books. Looking forward to sharing more of my favorite fashion peeps soon. Stay tuned
All Photos by Jason Tang
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