Erica Iannitti

Junior Editor at Unrated

KYE is at the Forefront of Korea’s Fashion Boom

Korea is a hotbed of up-and-coming designers offering fresh takes on everything from street to formalwear and everything in between. The Korean economy, it turns out, is well-equipped to handle the influx of courturiers, and its capital, Seoul, just so happens to be home to the country’s largest fabric market and over 5,000 sewing workshops. Korean designers, then, have just about everything they need to realize a collection in their own backyards. With the jaw-dropping turnaround time of Korean manufacturers, throw in the endorsement of a K-pop star or two and you’ll be sitting pretty. All of this is assuming the collection is worth sporting, however, which is obviously no easy task.

Kathleen Kye got her big break through Concept Korea, a global project that aims to bolster Korea’s fashion reputation on the international stage. She quickly made a name for herself (even Nordstrom has picked up some of her designs), and in the 5 years since she arrived on the scene has developed something of a cult following. Her clothes are incredibly unique. Her collections are a constant play between high end style and streetwear, often executed in unusual fabrics and unexpected silhouettes. To see more from KYE, check out their website here.

Erica Iannitti

Junior Editor at Unrated