Chinese-born, designer based in London, Huishan Zhang will come to his 10th birthday in the fashion business and he accomplishes many things today.
He studied at London Central Saint Martins and after serving Dior Paris in the third year (he was chosen by Delphine Arnault no less), he started his namesake label at 2011. He is greatly influenced by his national identity and geographic location, so expect East-West romance to meet and not to mention, luxury.
Aesthetically has a global appeal, and this allows him to mark most of his work list. Top stockist (Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Joyce, Harvey Nichols, Moda Operandi) check, celebrity fans (Gwyneth Paltrow, Felicity Jones, Naomi Campbell, Gigi Hadid, Saorise Ronan) check, and then there are awards (Elle China Designer of the Year, LVMH Prize finalist and recipient of BFC Fashion Trust) checks.
And there’s more, because the V&A Museum includes its ‘Dragon Gown’ couture in the T.T Gallery. Tsui, made him the first Chinese contemporary fashion designer to receive this honor. With all this under his belt yYou would think there isn’t much more on the to-do list, but as Zhang said, he felt like he was just getting started.
Felicity Carter: What is your first memory of fashion?
Huishan Zhang: That was the first time I opened a fashion magazine in China when I was in middle school. I am very fascinated by the world of fashion and have the ability to take me to far away places and let my imagination run wild.
FC: What inspired you to study fashion, and why is it Central Saint Martins?
HZ: I am interested in the multicultural nature of London and Central Saint Martins is my first choice to learn to follow in the footsteps of my fashion design icons.
FC: How do you summarize the aesthetics, and marriage between east and west?
HZ: Traditional meets modern life.
What is luxury for you?
Beautifully considered and manufactured products that stand the test of time in quality and aesthetics.
FC: Who are your customers?
HZ: Our customer base is very varied and covers many ages and nationalities. I would say that he is cultured and travels well.
FC: What is the foundation of your brand?
HZ: Quality, Luxury Ready to Use with varied international couture and demographic techniques.
FC: Which was the first time you designed it and how did it happen?
HZ: meIt is a traditional Chinese cheongsam that I am still inspired by. My debut collection is an extension of this cheongsam and a work is displayed in the permanent gallery at V&A.
FC: What’s on your mood board right now?
HZ: Many new things and developments from our pillar fabric. I have fun with this collection. It makes me think of the better times we have.
FC: You stocked up at leading stores globally – which was the first stockist to pick you up?
HZ: The first store is Browns in London. Mrs. B actually came to my apartment to buy a collection directly and I still remember the excitement of that day.
FC: You’ve accomplished a lot in your 10 years, what else is on your to-do list?
HZ: I sometimes feel like I’m just starting!
I would love to have a mainstay in China because my heart is always divided between the United Kingdom where I study and live half the time, where I own my flagship store and have a part of my team and China, where I grew up, owned my shop and was surrounded by family .
We continue to add things to our company list of things to do, so there will be interesting things in the brand shop!