Mr. Lie opened his highly anticipated new flagship boutique, LIE SANGBONG in the Meatpacking district of New York City on the eve of New York Fashion Week Fall 2015. The current president of CFDK (Council of Fashion Designers of KOREA), Mr. Lie has pushed the boundaries of womenswear incorporating art and architecture to his beautiful couture garments he began creating back in the 90s, in Seoul for private clients. In 2002 he began to show in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. Progressive Pulse featured LIE SANGBONG back in the Fall of 2012 when the designer was a part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s Concept Korea – a group collective of Korean fashion designers. He began showing as a solo designer at New York Fashion Week when he presented his Fall 2014 collection. Talking to his son, Lee, Chung Chung, both father and son have a huge love for all things New York so to open their first international flagship boutique in the city is a dream come true. To say that the new boutique is a work of art is an understatement. It’s immediately clear once you enter LIE SANGBONG you are witnessing a highly curated boutique that is first visually apparent with the window installation, featuring nine impeccably designed dresses that need to be worn by divas like Madonna, Rhianna or Gaga to name a few. From the beautifully tiled floors that evoke a collage of past runway collections to the ready to wear designs that should appeal to a wider female demographic, it’s clear that Mr. Lie wants to leave his indelible mark on Manhattan. Not to be missed is the art collection in the back of the store that will continuously represent new artists that speak to the designer. Check out shots from the opening of LIE SANGBONG below featuring our Fashion Editor, Carlton Jones. Visit Lie Sangbong: 30 Ganevoort Street, New York, NY. #LSBTAKESNYC
Also check out the video from the LIE SANGBONG FALL 2015 collection.
The LIE SANGBONG Fall/Winter 2015 collection, entitled “Oriental Ink,” is a study in modern elegance. Beginning with an examination of linear oriental ink paintings of peonies, Mr. Lie found inspiration in the juxtaposition of the clean lines of the drawings and the shape and vibrancy of the flower’s petals. A focus on suiting and outwear showcases the brand’s signature sophisticated constructions and multi-dimensional fabrications.
“I wanted to focus on subtlety and to explore the mixing and matching of classic autumnal fabrics in new and fresh ways,” said Mr. Lie.
To complement the collection, LIE SANGBONG has collaborated with Sun K. Kwak, a Korean-born, New York City-based artist. Kwak is well known for her signature three-dimensional “space drawings” constructed entirely of making tape. For the Fall/Winter 2015 runway show, Kwak is creating a site-specific drawing installation which will run across the venue walls and down the entire 86 ft. long runway. The work aims to rhythmically transform the space and challenge the viewers’’ sense of perception.