Kanghyuk

In 2017 after graduating from the prestigious Royal College of Art, Kanghyuk Choi and Sanglak Shon launched their ambitious namesake label Kanghyuk with the intention of bringing to life a conceptually-driven ready-to-wear brand. The visionary South Korean designers quickly garnered critical acclaim amongst members of the fashion world for his use of unorthodox materials: deployed vehicular airbags constitute one of the defining features of their utilitarian-inspired menswear collection. Although influenced by notions of the early twentieth-century readymade, they cleverly push this concept further, deconstructing the pre-existing everyday object only to reassemble it anew. The deployed airbag thus takes on a second life as it is recrafted into modern and durable outerwear, vests, shirts, and trousers. Stark serial numbers and bold contrasting thread run through the collection, providing visual unification to each piece, while unexpected mesh construction and sportswear-inspired elements ensure that the brand’s unconventional offerings do not veer too earnestly into the dystopic. By recasting meticulously-tailored wardrobe staples in discarded technical fabrics, they communicate a highly personal design statement that, while futuristic in aesthetic, is ingenious in its nonconformist approach to design.

Kanghyuk - White Down Readymade Airbag Front Jacket

Kanghyuk

White Down Readymade Airbag Front Jacket

£3210

Kanghyuk - Grey Readymade Airbag Astronaut Jacket

Kanghyuk

Grey Readymade Airbag Astronaut Jacket

£2310

Kanghyuk - White Down Readymade Airbag Front Vest

Kanghyuk

White Down Readymade Airbag Front Vest

£2185

Kanghyuk - Grey Readymade Airbag Oil Washed Trousers

Kanghyuk

Grey Readymade Airbag Oil Washed Trousers

£1210

Kanghyuk - White Readymade Airbag Front Trousers

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Airbag Front Trousers

£1080

Kanghyuk - Grey Readymade Shrink Shirt

Kanghyuk

Grey Readymade Shrink Shirt

£1055

Kanghyuk - White Readymade Shrink Shirt

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Shrink Shirt

£1055

Kanghyuk - White Readymade Airbag Front Shorts

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Airbag Front Shorts

£845

Kanghyuk - White Readymade Airbag Cap

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Airbag Cap

£240

Kanghyuk - Grey Readymade Airbag Cap

Kanghyuk

Grey Readymade Airbag Cap

£240