Chatting With Contemporary Menswear Designer Six Lee
Aside from having one of the coolest names on Earth, Six Lee was just a really nice guy to chat with. After graduating from the esteemed Royal Academy of Art in Antwerp in 2009, Six headed back home to Hong Kong where he continued his career as a cutting edge designer. His menswear pieces are rich with voluminous silhouettes and boyish charm, it may come from his design studies, or from his acute attention to new menswear trends and classic tailoring.
I couldn’t help but notice how real he was, which baffled me because of the avant-garde nature of his collections. After all… he did work with the Alexander McQueen men’s line.
After visiting Joyce, a men’s and women’s clothing store that specializes in boundary pushing brands like Juun.J, Balmain and SixLee, we took a stroll through Hong Kong and chatted while the afternoon passed. Talking fashion, shopping in quaint boutiques under the balmy weather that Hong Kong is known for, made this day perfect. Well… there was also lunch at Madam Sixty Ate (Glorious French restaurant in Hong Kong Central) which was absolutely the icing on the cake.
It was interesting to get his take on the current state of HK’s fashion scene. It seem as though, in the past, men didn’t pay that much attention to fashion outside of the “big brands”. Now however, Lee has noticed a trend, or a renaissance of menswear. It was, in fact, this re-kindling in men’s style that brought him back to his hometown from Europe. There’s a shift in the scene, men are starting to pay attention and as Lee would say “break free” of the drab everyday and into a more colorful, individualistic sense of style. I’d say this makes for an ideal environment for his particular atheistic.
The reason I wanted to chat with Six was because he is a talented designer that has a great brand and… too few know about him! I have one friend here in North America that loves his work, but aside from him… he’s an unsung hero. Well, I am here to sing about my, now friend and respected designer. He dreams big and his vision is directly translated into his romantic, contemporary collection.
Feel free to learn more about him at his official website here and be sure to ask your favorite menswear shopping retailer to bring in his line. You WON’T be disappointed.
Here’s some of his work from his current and previous collections:
Images by Matthew St. James, collections images courtesy of SixLee