Human Potential

...basing a fashion label on the human condition can lead to dark and scary places but this designer uses that self examination as fuel for her creative fire!

Yk is based in Seoul, South Korea. She studied at Parsons The New School For Design. Her collections are produced in South Korea. As a student she studied design and technology and was heavily inspired by installation art. She wants to express how she sees the world through her collection. She loves to analyse the human life and believes that it is a very cold, dark, and seemingly cursed journey. She likes to conceptualize all her collections -" Alien Puppeteers” and "Fish out of Water" - are all inspired by her take on the human condition.

Nothing inspires me like...
the Human Condition. When I see a human being's life, I see everything; I see suffering, darkness, sadness, happiness, uniqueness, etc. I feel like when analysing a humans life, there's more to it than what I see.

I hope...
to be able to build a cultural centre for the youth. I wish that there were more places where the youth can play and be creative.

Cultural Influences...
I'm influenced by all kinds of cultural works. Philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Nietzsche, Jacques Lacan, Sigmund Freud, etc influence me. I also love Greek mythology, classical literature, installation art, fluxus artists, and so on.

I got where I am...
because of the vision that I have. It comes from a very spiritual place.

Fashion can sometimes...
be extravagant, but it is a very good method to communicate with so many different people. It is like music, even though you can't understand the words, you can understand the music. Fashion is like music.

Money makes...
people blind. We think that we can do everything with money, but I see so many people who get trapped into that idea. They end up working so hard to just make money at the cost of not using their true talent. I think this is very sad.

Creativity comes from...
thinking deeply after observing. I believe that there is no original idea. Nature, animals, spirituality and the people you surround yourself with influence you. If you think deeply after observe something, all those things that intrigue you will come to light in your work.

I suck...
at being social. I'm very shy and do not know how to talk to people. So I love to be alone and I like to do things by myself. I think that sucks, but it's who I am.

Pain comes from...
happiness. To know the light you have to know dark. Pain and suffering come from losing your happiness. We are more aware of pain because at some point in our life we were once happy.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan are...
all places I would like to live. I lived in NYC for 3 years and I feel like it's my second home. I only visited London, Paris, and Milan, as a child. I wish I could live in those places for a couple of years each. It would be amazing!

I try to live...
free. I do not want to live bound by time, rules, conventions, my past, and my work. So many different things restrict us as humans. I don't want to live like this. I want to live free and do what I want to do.

I like making...
fun of people. I like to laugh and poke fun at people that are close to me.

My biggest regret...
is not travelling more. I love travelling, and I hope to visit more countries and learn from their cultures.

Incompetence...
I feel incompetent all the time, so I try to have the mind set to learn as much as I can. I like to read and research everything. I still take pattern making, and sewing classes when I am not working. I go to the factories a lot, and learn from factory workers on how to make better clothes. There are tons of things I have yet to learn.

I love getting older...
because I'm getting to know me more. I feel like, as I get older, I'm getting closer to me. I read that most European architects get to their best works when they are an average of 60 years old. Because human beings are influenced by so many different styles, it makes sense to find our colour the more we age.