Ka Wa Key Transforming Eco-Friendly Fashion
Ka Wa Key’s love for fashion formed while studying business in Hong Kong, and though he wanted to extend his new business skills, he was determined to pursue a career in fashion. This led him to study a master’s degree in Fashion Menswear at London’s Royal College of Art in 2015. After completing his degree, he was nominated for the H&M design award in 2015 for his graduation collection entitled NO ASIAN PLZ, which explored stereotypes of Asian men.
Ka Wa Key is well known for his transformation of everyday knitwear and casual wear, which stemmed from his earlier days working in the knitwear department at J.W Anderson. Gaining full knowledge and an understanding of the inner workings of a big company enabled his love for knitwear to deepen. He now resides in East London where all of his pieces are handmade, adding love and soul into each garment through a personal approach to the fabric.
Inspired by Asian and Scandinavian culture, the aesthetics of his work are masculine but carry a soft touch. Fluid and pastel like colours best describe his pieces, heavily influenced by Asian culture. His work has been showcased on the catwalk and in performance installations during Fashion Weeks in London, New York, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
Earlier in July, Ka Wa Key collaborated with fellow designer Jarno Leppanen at Helsinki Fashion Week, participating in the annual fashion sustainability show. The performance took place at the House of Nobility, where passionate models showcased Key’s re-cycled, self-made garments. Casper & Casper’s favourite piece in the collection debuted on two men locked in a gentle embrace, featuring a light mixture of pastel pink and yellow overalls that exemplified the gender-fluid nature of Key’s work.
The idea of pushing for a green approach to fashion is highly beneficial to our future, and we at Casper & Casper love the idea of eco friendly fashion.