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 Readymade Airbag Cap

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Airbag Cap

$270

Kanghyuk - SSENSE Exclusive White & Black Readymade Airbag Rib Jacket

Kanghyuk

SSENSE Exclusive White & Black Readymade Airbag Rib Jacket

$2295

Kanghyuk - White Readymade Airbag Trucker Jacket

Kanghyuk

White Readymade Airbag Trucker Jacket

$1980

Kanghyuk - Multicolor Camo Airbag Short Sleeve Shirt

Kanghyuk

Multicolor Camo Airbag Short Sleeve Shirt

$465

Kanghyuk - Off-White Readymade Shrink Shirt

Kanghyuk

Off-White Readymade Shrink Shirt

$1140

Kanghyuk - Multicolor Camo Airbag T-Shirt

Kanghyuk

Multicolor Camo Airbag T-Shirt

$315

Kanghyuk - Black Camo Airbag Shirt

Kanghyuk

Black Camo Airbag Shirt

$495

Kanghyuk - Multicolor Camo Airbag Long Sleeve T-Shirt

Kanghyuk

Multicolor Camo Airbag Long Sleeve T-Shirt

$330

Kanghyuk - Off-White Readymade Airbag Shrink Trousers

Kanghyuk

Off-White Readymade Airbag Shrink Trousers

$1410

Kanghyuk - Multicolor Camo Airbag Shorts

Kanghyuk

Multicolor Camo Airbag Shorts

$615

Kanghyuk - White Down Readymade Airbag Front Vest

Kanghyuk

White Down Readymade Airbag Front Vest

$2125