Born in Beijing’s Xicheng district, Zhang Chi is not afraid to be noticed. He went to Europe in his teens to study fashion design and is now back in Beijing with a studio in Jianwai and a menswear brand. I recently chatted with him.
NF: Why did you go into fashion design?
ZC: I was a clothes horse since I was little, so it was a natural progression.
NF: What are some of the most notable characteristics of your designs?
ZC: I try to avoid repeating the same elements and try to introduce something new with every season. Some salient parts of my design are Goth, ornate decoration, and unexpected twists in the cut.
NF: Who is your favorite fashion designer? Which fabric?
ZC: My favorite designer is Antonio Berardi. I most like rare skins and crystal.
NF: Any thoughts on how people dress here in Beijing?
ZC: Beijing people are into trends, but do not know much about quality. Of course I am talking about most people. There are also very fashionable people around with good taste.
NF: Where does your inspiration come from?
ZC: All the details I see around give me inspiration: people, the places, and things I see.
NF: What sort of job do the men who wear your clothes do?
ZC: Men who wear my clothes are frequently seen. The go out a lot.
NF: Well, if someone wants to get your clothes, where do they go?
ZC: Come to my studio in Soho or go directly to my site
NF: Where do you hang-out?
ZC: I like Kokomo bar in Sanlitun. It feels like you are nearby the beach.
ZC: 最喜欢的设计师是Antonio Berardi ,各种特殊的皮革和水晶是我的最爱
NF: 你的灵感从哪里来? 艺术？风景？周围的人？