Misu a Barbe is a brand majoring in knitted items. Is there a particular reason?
Both my grandmother and mom had extraordinary hand skills. I used to play with scraps of leftover cloth from the two so I’m very used to making things with my hands. Many of the brands I worked at after graduating from school in Paris concentrated on a large portion of knitted items which led to my interest in those. I’ve always loved stuff that were cute and warm, which makes knit the best suiting material for me.
Do you ever feel limited working with knit?
The boundary of knit is actually really wide but yet in Korea many see it merely used for sweaters or something the elderly do for past times. Knitting isn’t only about knitting yarns into sweaters and mittens; it covers anything and everything that’s knitted. For example, I wrapped a large teddy bear a couple of years ago by linking vintage sweaters altogether for a project for Hyundai Card, and that’s also called a knitted work. There are a lot of artists that choose to work with knit in other countries but it’s still rare in Korea which I think explains the biased views. Moreover, people see summer as the low season for knitted stuff but it’s not so because there are always alternative materials for the hot days.
Misu a Barbe not only covers fashions but also accessories and lifestyle-related items.
After my college graduation in Paris I was able to work at fashion houses like Martin Margiela, Bless and Bernhard Willhelm, which were brands that covered a wide range of fashion to lifestyle and that led to my broader interest quite naturally. Rather than the functionality or plain beauty of clothes, there were many brands that focused on expressing their own distinctive charm which inspired me greatly.