CLOT

CLOT

Edison Chen and Kevin Poon

The Paris Men's Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2017 recently ended. What will you remember from those 5 days?
EDISON (EDC): There is too much to remember and too much to mention, I would say a memorable moment is doing our first ever presentation, the preparation, the delivery and also the aftermath.
We are looking forward to doing more and more in the region and all over the world, we will never forget our first time showing the world our clothes not on a rack but on actual models walking in a actual show.

KEVIN POON(KP): I remember lots of good moments, with good friends around the world, getting lucky on the good weather, and good vibes.
CLOT was very active during the week with the brand's pop-up store on rue Notre Dame de Nazareth. What impression do Parisians who stopped by the store leave you with?
EDC: I was actually surprised we had many local fans who follow what we do and aspire to be a part of what we do, we will definitely be back soon in paris to do some more events.

KP: I think most Parisians and the global community were happy to see our pop up store, to check out our products and come hang out.
CLOT also unveiled its SS17 presentation. What led you to set an unauthorized show at Place de la République? How did it make sense for a presentation?
EDC: As an upstart company, we have no rules and no boundaries. We chose to do the presentation literally 5 days before we actually did the show, we had an idea and the passion so we moved on our instincts to try to do something a little different.
We were confident that this season was our best ever and this feeling allowed us to picture the show being unscheduled and unauthorized. We have a great support group amongst our peers and we knew no matter what we were making history by being a Chinese fashion house doing something no one has ever really done ever.

KP: I think for the longest time through our friends we know about the République and what it stands for. We love the area and always stay in the 10th when we visit, so to make a first presentation there was really cool, for the sake of doing it and what the Place represents.
So, you were aware the Place became a symbol following the Nov 13th attacks and is a demonstration place for the Nuit Debout* movement?
EDC: We chose the République for this reason, with all the controversy and all the heat and protests going on, we thought showing a unification of all different races and ages would be a symbol of unity that together we can do anything and everything we put our minds to.
Also, to show that even all the way in Hong Kong we feel what is happening in Paris and that we always show our support for the righteous and the willing, we are all one. We brought it to light through our show, the location and even the way we presented the clothes.

KP: Yes, definitely, to understand the importance of the République and the youth, and everything it symbolizes.
"Innovate and do not imitate, believe in self and be brave in allowing who you are to be seen and displayed. No one person in this world is exactly you and everyone has a voice that needs to be heard." [CLOT]
What is the definition of "NEW-AGE-ETHNIC", the name of the CLOT SS17 collection?
EDC: New age ethnic is the world we live in now: all kinds of people and all colors of skin in a melting pot. Personally I am influenced by western culture, but I identify myself as Asian, my diverse mindset these two cultures merging together have created my diverse mindset. We all share one world, one sun and one Internet, boundaries are a thing of the past, new age ethnically is the world we live in today.
What was hanging on your mood board for the CLOT Spring-Summer 2017 collection creation?
EDC: Basically, the whole idea came first from being in love with tribal looks and fabrics. It brought us back to our identity and we searched for Chinese tribal. We ended up in Tibet and gathered most of our images for our mood board from the region of Tibet. Also, I have an obsession with Mexican serape so we decided to come up with some color tones that were Tibetan and mix them with the classic graphic layout of a serape.
You are two creative and very active entrepreneurs, both together and separately. How easy or hard is it to come up with ideas solely for CLOT?
EDC: Coming up with concepts for clot is a journey that begun in 2003 and now is still evolving now, we learn more and see more and we deliver more.

KP: It definitely has its challenges, both me and Edison are very similar and in some ways very different. We get inspiration from bouncing ideas off to each other and also from our travels and surroundings. To get inspiration is a daily thing, and bringing it together is also a fun challenge as well.
The CLOT model (a lifestyle brand housing music, fashion, design, retail, consulting and PR services) inspires a lot of young, creative people to live their passion. With a 13-year experience, what advices would you give to ambitious people looking to follow a similar path?
EDC: Innovate and do not imitate, believe in self and be brave in allowing who you are to be seen and displayed. No one person in this world is exactly you and everyone has a voice that needs to be heard.

KP: Just start by doing it really, Its not an easy path, but instead of thinking about it, start it off in small steps and take it step by step, day by day!
By Iggy Nko

CLOT

Edison Chen and Kevin Poon

The Paris Men's Fashion Week Spring-Summer 2017 recently ended. What will you remember from those 5 days?
EDISON (EDC): There is too much to remember and too much to mention, I would say a memorable moment is doing our first ever presentation, the preparation, the delivery and also the aftermath.
We are looking forward to doing more and more in the region and all over the world, we will never forget our first time showing the world our clothes not on a rack but on actual models walking in a actual show.

KEVIN POON(KP): I remember lots of good moments, with good friends around the world, getting lucky on the good weather, and good vibes.
CLOT was very active during the week with the brand's pop-up store on rue Notre Dame de Nazareth. What impression do Parisians who stopped by the store leave you with?
EDC: I was actually surprised we had many local fans who follow what we do and aspire to be a part of what we do, we will definitely be back soon in paris to do some more events.

KP: I think most Parisians and the global community were happy to see our pop up store, to check out our products and come hang out.
CLOT also unveiled its SS17 presentation. What led you to set an unauthorized show at Place de la République? How did it make sense for a presentation?
EDC: As an upstart company, we have no rules and no boundaries. We chose to do the presentation literally 5 days before we actually did the show, we had an idea and the passion so we moved on our instincts to try to do something a little different.
We were confident that this season was our best ever and this feeling allowed us to picture the show being unscheduled and unauthorized. We have a great support group amongst our peers and we knew no matter what we were making history by being a Chinese fashion house doing something no one has ever really done ever.

KP: I think for the longest time through our friends we know about the République and what it stands for. We love the area and always stay in the 10th when we visit, so to make a first presentation there was really cool, for the sake of doing it and what the Place represents.
So, you were aware the Place became a symbol following the Nov 13th attacks and is a demonstration place for the Nuit Debout* movement?
EDC: We chose the République for this reason, with all the controversy and all the heat and protests going on, we thought showing a unification of all different races and ages would be a symbol of unity that together we can do anything and everything we put our minds to.
Also, to show that even all the way in Hong Kong we feel what is happening in Paris and that we always show our support for the righteous and the willing, we are all one. We brought it to light through our show, the location and even the way we presented the clothes.

KP: Yes, definitely, to understand the importance of the République and the youth, and everything it symbolizes.
"Innovate and do not imitate, believe in self and be brave in allowing who you are to be seen and displayed. No one person in this world is exactly you and everyone has a voice that needs to be heard." [CLOT]
What is the definition of "NEW-AGE-ETHNIC", the name of the CLOT SS17 collection?
EDC: New age ethnic is the world we live in now: all kinds of people and all colors of skin in a melting pot. Personally I am influenced by western culture, but I identify myself as Asian, my diverse mindset these two cultures merging together have created my diverse mindset. We all share one world, one sun and one Internet, boundaries are a thing of the past, new age ethnically is the world we live in today.
What was hanging on your mood board for the CLOT Spring-Summer 2017 collection creation?
EDC: Basically, the whole idea came first from being in love with tribal looks and fabrics. It brought us back to our identity and we searched for Chinese tribal. We ended up in Tibet and gathered most of our images for our mood board from the region of Tibet. Also, I have an obsession with Mexican serape so we decided to come up with some color tones that were Tibetan and mix them with the classic graphic layout of a serape.
You are two creative and very active entrepreneurs, both together and separately. How easy or hard is it to come up with ideas solely for CLOT?
EDC: Coming up with concepts for clot is a journey that begun in 2003 and now is still evolving now, we learn more and see more and we deliver more.

KP: It definitely has its challenges, both me and Edison are very similar and in some ways very different. We get inspiration from bouncing ideas off to each other and also from our travels and surroundings. To get inspiration is a daily thing, and bringing it together is also a fun challenge as well.
The CLOT model (a lifestyle brand housing music, fashion, design, retail, consulting and PR services) inspires a lot of young, creative people to live their passion. With a 13-year experience, what advices would you give to ambitious people looking to follow a similar path?
EDC: Innovate and do not imitate, believe in self and be brave in allowing who you are to be seen and displayed. No one person in this world is exactly you and everyone has a voice that needs to be heard.

KP: Just start by doing it really, Its not an easy path, but instead of thinking about it, start it off in small steps and take it step by step, day by day!
By Iggy Nko