Shiatzy Chen

Shiatzy Chen

Shiatzy Chen

As the eldest of 7 children, making clothes was a necessity to earn money and help your family. Was it something you ever thought about doing your whole life?
To build up an international fashion brand has always been my ultimate goal. I knew that to achieve it, I would need to reach some stage goals. So I started local, then expanded to worldwide. It was a step-by-step process and I was aware of what I would have to go through.
When was the turning point? What made you feel like you could create a company and make it grow?
Deeply inside, I always knew that fashion design would be my lifelong career. Around 30 years ago, during a trip to Paris, I looked at all the luxury brands on the street: Chanel, Dior, Hermès... all with their unique style and their own branding code. From there, I was determi-ned to build up my own luxury brand that reflect the Shiatzy Chen DNA.
Promoting Eastern culture through fashion is the core of the Shiatzy Chen house. Do you ever hold on ideas that you consider too western?
I do try to avoid complete western looks in my designs. But Western history and culture al-ways inspired me, so there are always some historical western elements combined with Chinese culture. Shiatzy Chen is a neo-Chinese, chic brand that blends these two parts of the world.
The Shiatzy Chen ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2017 collection was inspired by a visit at la Sagrada Família. What has struck you in the Barcelona monument?
More than la Sagrada da Família, the whole city of Barcelone’s atmosphere really inspired me. On a purely art point of view, I was amazed by the extraordinary Gaudí. To see and feel his art pieces is really astonishing.
The first ever Shiatzy Chen Paris fashion show took place in 2009. Seven years later, has Paris Fashion Week changed?
It has, and for the better! There is more young fresh blood in the fashion industry, coming with unique designs. Regarding established brands, they come with more creative concepts each season.
Paris Fashion Week has become more modern and fashion design today is free from from all constraints, with no more limitations. You can see and feel it during the event.
"Paris Fashion Week has become more modern and fashion design today is free from from all constraints, with no more limitations. You can see and feel it during the event." [Shiatzy Chen]
Shiatzy Chen was once dubbed « The Taiwanese Chanel ». Does this nickname still fit the brand and your state of mind?
To be compared to Gabrielle Chanel, one of the greatest fashion designers ever, is an honor. Chanel has now become one of the leading luxury brands within the industry.
It’s my goal to make Shiatzy Chen a successful luxury brand in the worldwide as well.
How are you and other Chinese fashion designers perceived in China? Is there pride that you promote Eastern culture to the world or do people see the luxury of the fashion in-dustry as, once again, too western?
I think it’s not that people see this industry too western, it’s more that western countries, es-pecially European countries, are considered to be the birthplace of fashion. But for recent years, more and more Chinese designers have had the opportunity to step on the international stage and be accepted by the luxury industry.
Out of cultural respect, I want to present to the world a luxury brand with Eastern elements.
Tell us about the city of Changhua, Taiwan. The country has obviously a rich cultural and political history. How are the people of Changhua? What inspire you in them?
Changhua, Taiwan is where I was born and raised, so I will always have love for it. This is my hometown, and no other place in the world can give me that many sweet memories.
It’s also where I started my career and where I get inspiration from. The art, museums and urban life of Changhua drive a lot of my designs and creative ideas.
Jason Wu (born in Taipei), Guo Pei, Yiqing Lin, yourself: Taiwan and China gave birth to great fashion designers. Will the fashion industry ever witness a Chinese takeover like we see it coming from Eastern Europe?
I think It depends on whether or not our designers can build their brands with respect of our traditions. Western culture obviously influences what we design, and we can see it. But with more Chinese designers rising, I believe It’s possible to bring the original Eastern chic to the world.
By Iggy NKo

Shiatzy Chen

Shiatzy Chen

As the eldest of 7 children, making clothes was a necessity to earn money and help your family. Was it something you ever thought about doing your whole life?
To build up an international fashion brand has always been my ultimate goal. I knew that to achieve it, I would need to reach some stage goals. So I started local, then expanded to worldwide. It was a step-by-step process and I was aware of what I would have to go through.
When was the turning point? What made you feel like you could create a company and make it grow?
Deeply inside, I always knew that fashion design would be my lifelong career. Around 30 years ago, during a trip to Paris, I looked at all the luxury brands on the street: Chanel, Dior, Hermès... all with their unique style and their own branding code. From there, I was determi-ned to build up my own luxury brand that reflect the Shiatzy Chen DNA.
Promoting Eastern culture through fashion is the core of the Shiatzy Chen house. Do you ever hold on ideas that you consider too western?
I do try to avoid complete western looks in my designs. But Western history and culture al-ways inspired me, so there are always some historical western elements combined with Chinese culture. Shiatzy Chen is a neo-Chinese, chic brand that blends these two parts of the world.
The Shiatzy Chen ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2017 collection was inspired by a visit at la Sagrada Família. What has struck you in the Barcelona monument?
More than la Sagrada da Família, the whole city of Barcelone’s atmosphere really inspired me. On a purely art point of view, I was amazed by the extraordinary Gaudí. To see and feel his art pieces is really astonishing.
The first ever Shiatzy Chen Paris fashion show took place in 2009. Seven years later, has Paris Fashion Week changed?
It has, and for the better! There is more young fresh blood in the fashion industry, coming with unique designs. Regarding established brands, they come with more creative concepts each season.
Paris Fashion Week has become more modern and fashion design today is free from from all constraints, with no more limitations. You can see and feel it during the event.
"Paris Fashion Week has become more modern and fashion design today is free from from all constraints, with no more limitations. You can see and feel it during the event." [Shiatzy Chen]
Shiatzy Chen was once dubbed « The Taiwanese Chanel ». Does this nickname still fit the brand and your state of mind?
To be compared to Gabrielle Chanel, one of the greatest fashion designers ever, is an honor. Chanel has now become one of the leading luxury brands within the industry.
It’s my goal to make Shiatzy Chen a successful luxury brand in the worldwide as well.
How are you and other Chinese fashion designers perceived in China? Is there pride that you promote Eastern culture to the world or do people see the luxury of the fashion in-dustry as, once again, too western?
I think it’s not that people see this industry too western, it’s more that western countries, es-pecially European countries, are considered to be the birthplace of fashion. But for recent years, more and more Chinese designers have had the opportunity to step on the international stage and be accepted by the luxury industry.
Out of cultural respect, I want to present to the world a luxury brand with Eastern elements.
Tell us about the city of Changhua, Taiwan. The country has obviously a rich cultural and political history. How are the people of Changhua? What inspire you in them?
Changhua, Taiwan is where I was born and raised, so I will always have love for it. This is my hometown, and no other place in the world can give me that many sweet memories.
It’s also where I started my career and where I get inspiration from. The art, museums and urban life of Changhua drive a lot of my designs and creative ideas.
Jason Wu (born in Taipei), Guo Pei, Yiqing Lin, yourself: Taiwan and China gave birth to great fashion designers. Will the fashion industry ever witness a Chinese takeover like we see it coming from Eastern Europe?
I think It depends on whether or not our designers can build their brands with respect of our traditions. Western culture obviously influences what we design, and we can see it. But with more Chinese designers rising, I believe It’s possible to bring the original Eastern chic to the world.
By Iggy NKo