Producer & DJ DEEPSHOWER (@deepshower) is a rising name in the house music scene of Korea. A Friday night in the Itaewon club circuit will likely lead you to one of his sets, where he often plays alongside members of his crew, Almost90. In this interview, he talks to us about where his name came from, his work with G.Soul and his coming EP.
Illustrator GAZERO SHIN (@gazeroshin) hosted her first exhibit “A Light In The Dark is Hopeful” last month. The artist, who grew up in Ansan, put together a multi-room space full of her comic-style illustrations which reflect her internal conflicts, external relationships, love and youth, over the last few years. Get to know the artist behind the work in our interview below.
Dutch graphic design duo Simone Trum and Loes van Esch, TEAM THURSDAY held an exhibition this past February about Korean graphic design in Rotterdam. POSTER POLYGLOT was a presentation of 42 posters designed by 21 Korean designers. We chatted with the former MMCA residents about how they collected the posters and more!
We spoke to rising fashion photographer JANG YOONG (@starry_space) back in Summer 2016 for MUTZINE 01. Riding on the recent wave of Korean creatives utilizing Instagram's reach, she was one of the first to make an international mark by contributing to AEVOE, GRAPE, KING KONG, SUKEBAN and MUTZINE! While she's laying relatively low Berlin these days, we though to revisit and share our Seoul-side chat.
This is the coldest winter ever! All we want to do is hibernate and watch movies... However, when Japanese photographer Sora Kusaka (@sorrrr_k) invited us out to hang with fashion model Eiji Fukui (@insta_eiji) we couldn't pass that up. Turns out that Eiji is also a cinephile too! In this interview, the 22-year-old model reveals his favorite theatre popcorn and his method on how to beat the January blues.
Meet Cazzi Opeia! The Swedish songwriter behind Red Velvet's Peek-A-Boo shares how she got her start writing K-Pop hits for Ekko Music Rights and tells us about her new solo single Wild Ones!
From MUTZINE 01 (FW17): Instagram experienced the fastest rate of adoption in the Korean market and has the highest number of active users. Enter HA HANSEUL (@zing_a) and PARK JIHOON (@coke3cake), whose outfit posts on the photo sharing platform quickly garnered them an international following. Following the footsteps of global fashion influencers who launch their personal brands the two have now become the most influential figures defining Korean street fashion and youth culture. We met HANSEUL and JIHOON during a brief lull in activity to reflect on what the first year of running MORE THAN DOPE and ANOTHERYOUTH has been like.
A little while ago MUTZINE met up with Thai social media influencer BEE (@ihavenofeelinginmyface) during her latest Seoul visit! We partied at SEENDOSI's (@seendosi) monthly No Club but right before that we had a chat to find out why she loves Korea so much!!
Exploring the friction between Korean society and recreational marijuana use, we take a look at how new streetwear brand Sundae School (@sundae.school) tackles these issues through their recent pop-up exhibition, Sunday Recess: Cartharsis. We also sit down with co-founder Dae Lim to discuss the brand's designs, influences, and the quiet subversion of counterculture.
Freelance photographer PARK JIHYE (@squeeze_zeze) captivated us with her gorgeous self initiated projects featured on Instagram. As a result we collaborated with her on an editorial shoot featured in Issue 01 based on K-pop fan culture. While you'll have to get yourself a copy of the print magazine to enjoy the full story, we hope this interview entices you to see more of Jihye's work!
It seems that there is a new underground streetwear label launching every day. With so many options for buyers, is there a key to getting noticed? Visual artist and founder of SKOOT APPAREL, MLMA (@melovemealot), shares the story of how she combined the knowledge gained at MIXXMIX with her penchant for throwing house parties to create an original and thriving fashion brand.
We chat with trendsetters to learn more about their lives beyond what we see on their feeds. This time in this series, we talk to Steffi (@babygirl.ziee), a 23-year-old Instagrammer with a global following of 15.2k! In this interview she tells us about her harmonious feed, favourite K-things and Instagram accounts she’s digging!
Are you satisfied with your daily life? Well, are you ready to break away from it? Then it's time to join the 1000v club!
Julian Woodhouse, 26, is a fashion designer and army officer based out of South Korea. Over brunch at Itaewon's The Flying Pan, the threads that tell the story behind Woodhouse, the menswear label which has enjoyed marked success at New York Fashion Week Men's, unravel.
Sarah Kate Watson-Baik (@urbanwit) is married to Seoul. You may know her best from hosting several seasons of K-Style alongside Irene Kim, where they shared K-beauty and K-fashion discoveries with the world. Her extensive knowledge of Korea's fashion landscape has led her to most recently becoming the Style Director for Viki's Dramaworld. In this special interview, Sarah Kate recounts how her love story with Korea began, shares her personal style philosophy, and gives us a sneak peak into her next project.
Fashion designer Yeranji launched her womenswear label The Centaur in 2008. The brand is rooted in romance and fantasy and has attracted the likes of SM Entertainment's visual director. MUTZINE visited Yeranji at her studio to talk about her trajectory, current collection and future endeavors.
Ilyeon and Taemin are the antithesis of flower boys. Their alternative looks led them to AM Model Management, an emerging Seoul based agency gathering unconventional characters with an ethos much like Germany's Tomorrow is Another Day. We met the pair in Itaewon where they candidly told us about what they'd be doing if they hadn't been discovered, their style woes, runway failures, and much more.
With an Instagram feed brimming with quirk and color, it's not surprising to learn that Indonesian fashion photographer Haqi Cahya (@haqeeu) is deeply influenced by Kpop. With just 2 years of experience Haqi has fashion campaigns, international collaborations, and two solo exhibits already under his belt. In this special interview Haqi takes us through his creative process and how it was like to shoot his dream Korean model, Kim Kibum.
In October, Vogue deemed Ahn Seung Joon the male model breakout star of Seoul Fashion Week. The model signed to ESteem walked for 16 shows and even landed on the cover of the Seoul Fashion Week Daily. Following our early morning meeting with agency-mate Jung Hyuk, we moved to Itaewon to meet Ahn Seung Joon (@asjoon) at Ways of Seeing cafe to have a little chat about everything.
Womenswear designer Gayeon Lee launched her eponymous brand in 2014. In just a little over a year she has accomplished what most fashion designers take several to achieve. This past October MUTZINE visited Gayeon's workroom in Seoul shortly after she wrapped up her debut runway show at Hera Seoul Fashion Week. In this interview we learn about Gayeon's creative process, her notable classmates from Central Saint Martins, and the challenges of the Korean luxury market.
Jung Hyuk (@artistboy_), signed to Esteem Models, identifies firstly as an artist. He's active as both a fashion model and photographer. While grabbing a coffee together in the early autumn of November 2015, Jung Hyuk tells us about what he does during his down time, his style, and his personal pursuit of happiness.
We chat with trendsetting Instagrammers to learn more about their world. Kim Jina, known as @siestazin or Jina-kkura, is a charming soon to be 22 year-old. The ex-Joyrich ambassador's happy-go-lucky demeanor has helped her gain an international following that now reaches 27,000. In this exclusive interview for MUTZINE, Jina walks us through her top three favorite outfits of the season, where she loves to grab lunch, and more!
Lee Younghyun is the founder of Masterpiece, a hair-salon located in the still relatively low-key neighborhood of Sangsu, Seoul. The salon is frequented by fashion models, editors, and many other heavyweight influencers. In this interview, conducted by MUTZINE's Editor-In-Chief, Younghyun shares her origin story and her ambitions of extending the reach of her cultural capital even further. Sangsu is becoming a hub for cultural revolution in Seoul and Masterpiece is at the center!
During the Styleshare Sunday Fleamarket held this past October, we met Camper Graphic's So Jaehoon. Last month MUTZINE visited the 25 year-old graphic artist at his newly inaugurated studio located in the Yeonnam-dong district of Seoul. Although his work pulls from retro styles that include a healthy dose of Americana, Jaehoon's work is nothing short of fresh. Korea's coolest fashion labels have taken note of his talent as he has several collaborations under his belt. As his pet kitten roamed about, Jaehoon told us about his latest work with Heich Blade in celebration of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well his plans for 2016.