1X1 Studio is an emerging brand by craftsmen Yi-Ling and Tommy, building a brand straight from
university, they have brought around the conversation between culture, experimentation and
craftsmanship. Speaking to House of Solo, we discuss wearability, fast fashion and unconventional
knitwear as we head into AW18.
So, tell me about yourself?
Yi & Tommy: We were classmates at LCF and have collaborated since our final major project at Uni.
Yi-Ling, the founder and director of 1X1 Studio has worked closely with Mary Katrantzou, Julien Macdonald and many other designers before establishing the brand. She is also the winner of FDC
Young Designer Awards 2017.
Tommy, 1X1 Studio’s menswear designer and paUern cuUer, has worked for Agi&Sam and Céline
before deciding to join the force. Tommy is a very detailed oriented maker with a strong focus for
Thats incredible, how did you get into design?
Y&T: Design is a way to change the world. Fashion is a kind of design that provokes ideas around
human beings and sustainability. Waste should be avoided and Fast Fashion needs to die. Fashion
needs to be re-thought about and we are keen to make some change to the industry before we can
change the world.
Bold but very true statements and what is it you love and/or hate about designing?
Y&T: The love comes from seeing a dream be realised at the final stage aWer repeated tesZngs and
prototypes. The hate comes from season comes by so quickly. Finishing one season means the next one is knocking on the door already.
Is there something they don’t tell you or teach you in regards to craftsmanship?
Y&T: Craftsmanship is something you learn and develop personally. There’s is just so much that can
be taught but everything you work on and every mistake you make takes you to another level. The
more Zme you spend and the harder you pracZce the beUer you become. I believe there’s always
something to learn on the way.
The fashion world is currently shiWing in terms of designers and their legacy i.e. Virgil
Abloh and Louis VuiUon, what legacy do you want to leave behind?
Y & T: To be honest everything happens for a reason. With LV in parZcular it has business
consideration to hire Virgil Abloh as artistic director. So do other brands. I don’t think anyone
should be leW behind except Fast Fashion.
Talk me through your designs? what is the vision?
Y&T: Inspired by how technology has connected but also (in reality) disconnected people, this
season we worked on quite some detachable elements and functions throughout the collection.
Mixture of materials is also an aim for us so we can bring out the richness in textures and establish
Our vision as a brand is to work seamlessly between knitted and woven textile to find a way out of traditional structures of product ranges. We are keen to push the boundaries of the knitwear market in terms of techniques and textures.
What can we expect in your latest collection?
Y&T: You can expect garments with removable parts and can play around with them a little bit. And
our highly exquisite textures and details across various materials including recycled plastic, recycled paper and grosgrain ribbons.
How does 1×1 Studio stand out from the crowd?
Y&T: We are constantly developing and refining our specialised knitting technique so that we can
produce high standard and quality knitted textile. With this approach where we work seamlessly between knitwear and woven fabrications, we believe we are forming a strong and unique identity.
Where do you think the future is for menswear and luxury?
Y&T: I think men’s traditional crafts will make a comeback after long repeated streetwear.
Absolutely what are your plans for the future?
Y&T: To expand our business in scale and focus more towards sustainability.