ABOUT

XANDER

ZHOU

XANDER ZHOU STUDIED INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IN CHINA

AND FASHION DESIGN IN THE NETHERLANDS.

HE ESTABLISHED HIS LABEL IN 2007 AND IS BASED IN BEIJING.

“My mum with her hundred pairs of high heels has had a longer-lasting influ- ence on my fashion sense than any other style icon.”

“Preserving traditio- nal culture through fashion might be respectful towards tradition, but it is not respectful towards fashion.”

“For me, fabric is the most interesting area of investigation in menswear, as well as the relation between fabric and the shape of the male body.”

“Being guest editor- in-chief of the ‘Gay China’ iLook issue is one of the things on which I look back with a sense of satis- faction.”

“I always believe that the best is yet to come.”

“I enjoy occasional pajama weekends.”

“I came back to China at exactly the right moment.”

“I have never

aspired to be like somebody else.”

“I think

fashion-savvy

Chinese know many more UK brands

than the other way around.”

“Any political, social

or ethical influence

can easily become a burden in the

process of creation.”

“I think in Europe it is very hard for young, upcoming designers to make a name for themselves.”

“Some people think that only clothes that have dragons or peonies on them are ‘really Chinese.’”

“One can only be ‘up and coming’ for so long.”

“I consider myself to be extremely apoliti- cal.”

“China is the land of boundless opportunities, but competition is fierce and safety nets are almost non-existent.”

“In my choice of music, Nina Simone seems to be

recurring a lot.”

“Actually I don’t like trends very much,

they affect one's

ability to judge.”

“Although I sometimes secretly imagine myself to be ‘above the masses,’ it wouldn’t make sense to deny that I am as well a product of my time.”

“The Chinese fashion scene is great if you are always willing to show what you can, and then do

it. Anything less, and you would feel quite

miserable here.”

“I get inspired by things I encounter in daily life, especially during travels.”

“Sometimes

inspiration comes

very suddenly, like being hit by it.”

“I think it is wrong

to suppose that anything coming

from China should

per definition be distinctly Chinese.”

“Deconstructionism

is not a theorem or manifest I signed up to.”

“Fashion is much more about individu-

al expression than about nationalism.”

“Many say Beijing

and Shanghai are opposites – maybe fashion is what both cities have in common.”

“I started making fashion by experimenting with

a second-hand sewing machine I got for my

birthday.”

“For me, men’s

fashion is a personal preoccupation.”

“I prefer not to see designing as a

painful process.”