Chelsea Mak How to create your own rhythm.

Chelsea Mak How to create your own rhythm.

  • Words George Upton
  • Photography Justin Chung

Born in Los Angeles to parents from Hong Kong and Taiwan, fashion designer Chelsea Mak grew up among many different cultures: the affluent, buttoned-up” LA suburb of San Marino; Shanghai, where Mak would join her mother on work trips and browse the city’s fabric markets; and, later, LA’s punk rock scene.

When Mak launched her eponymous brand in 2018, she drew on these formative experiences, creating collections that owe as much to easy-going Californian style as to the traditional old-world tailoring of Hong Kong. Here she explains how design and technology can bring communities together in an era of fast fashion and globalization.

Why did you decide to start your brand?
I grew up in LA, but my mom was working in Shanghai. Every summer and Christmas break, we would go ther...

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