I am a creatively driven student who eventually hopes to contribute to developing gorgeous biomechanical shoes. I’m a very determined and ambitious person who loves being in new environments and overcoming challenges by visualising practical solutions.
I was born in South Korea, but I spent most of my childhood in Singapore. Thanks to the various cultural exposures, I grew up as a very outgoing and active child. Moreover, as a person who has flat feet, I had to wear special insoles to keep my feet comfortable since I was very young. Those insoles spoiled my shoes, and the cost of making them each year was expensive and stressful. However, this experience inspired me to want a career as a footwear designer so that I can design more comfortable shoes for people with foot disabilities as well as myself.
While living in the UK, I was fascinated to experience many unique traditions, but the Pearly Kings and Queens captured my attention the most. At first, I was intrigued by their iconic costumes covered with countless mother-of-pearl buttons. But when I found out the true story behind those costumes, I couldn’t stop researching more about them. In that, I decided to choose the pearlies as my main concept to understand their sustainable intentions and implement them into my designs.
My design process was driven by the idea that ‘Tradition is the present and the future, not the past'. I think the current fashion trend of retro marketing is bound to shine, as there are still a lot of people who want to feel nostalgia and be comforted by their old memories. I also used the sophisticated senses coming from the mother of pearl and formed a simple and modern design to show that tradition will naturally permeate modern people’s lives.
Biodegradable Pearly Wedge Heel inspired by the Pearly King and Queens