Since Monday, Joyce Gallery in Paris presents the work of Korean designer, Ximon Lee, whom after graduating from Parsons with the Best Menswear Designer Award, the New York-based has been taking his graduation collection to brand- new places.
Being the first American Menswear designer to win the H&M Design Award, Ximon decided to open his own eponymous label XIMONLEE. Ximon’s meticulous and highly original work has since made a strong impact within the industry. Apart from his collaboration with H&M, he was invited to showcase his work in Vfiles Made Fashion during NYFW and at the prestigious LVMH Prize showroom in Paris. Most recently, Ximon has produced a capsule collection for Joyce X Machine-A, which served as the very first XIMONLEE experience for customers worldwide. Followed by the success of the capsule collection, Ximon has developed his SS16 collection based on his first collection ‘Children of Leningradsky’. While paying homage to his childhood spent in a border town between China and Russia, Ximon continues to express his unique point of view through these simplified and reimagined pieces made with thoughtfully treated materials.
The XIMONLEE capsule collection for Joyce X Machine-A is directly developed from his BA thesis collection- Children of Leningradsky. Inspired by the street scene of Moscow and by its underground youth, the designer created a menswear collection based on the combination of unexpected materials and silhouettes. Just like the less privileged kids of the northern capital, who mix various second-hand clothes and hand-me-downs to survive the freezing winters.
Lee blends synthetic and organic into a cocktail of textures that results in a deconstructed and repatterned patchwork, using pieces from the Salvation Army as well as recycled materials, like trash bags and cardboard. A collection that is an homage to his childhood and adolescence, spent in a border town between China and Russia, surrounded by its informal bargaining, Soviet architectures, survival instincts and his desire to run away.