"I wanted to create a capsule collection of functional pieces that would be comfortable to lounge in, yet smart enough to take work-related video calls with. I envisioned these pieces to take their wearer from their home office, to a quick grocery run, and on weekends, to brunch with friends after yoga in the morning." ― Karyn Lim, Industrial Designer
1. Share with us a little about yourself, your background, your fashion style.
I’m Karyn. As an industrial designer, I have designed various types of products including furniture, home accessories, brand merchandise, packaging, and now, clothing! My style is quite eclectic and not really following trends. My wardrobe is built around basics and thrifted vintage pieces that I can wear and re-wear for years.
Photo by Sayher Heffernan
2. What do you hope to achieve with this collection?
With this collection, I hope to bring awareness to supporting small businesses and makers who are passionate and focused on their craft. We designed the collection in close collaboration with the makers who were able to interpret my drawings into comfortable pieces that fit and move well with the body. Every piece is made upon order so that we don’t create waste from overstock.
3. What made you collaborate with Barehands. Why?
Barehands and I have been talking about a collaboration for a long time before arriving at this collection. Their approach to sustainable living really resonates with me. As a designer, I’m constantly curious about how and where products are made. I believe in conscious consumption, and appreciate that Barehands produces all of their pieces with people and our earth in mind.
4. Pick your favourite piece from the collection! And how would you style it?
My favourite would have to be the Lilith Top! It’s super versatile. It can be styled to fit either loosely or fitting at the waist. I would pair it with our Pompeii Shorts for a casual week-end vibe, or the Cottage Wrap Skirt for a chic summer look.
5. What was the inspiration behind this collection?
This collection was designed during the time when people started working from home more than at the office. I wanted to create a capsule collection of functional pieces that would be comfortable to lounge in, yet smart enough to take work-related video calls with. I envisioned these pieces to take their wearer from their home office, to a quick grocery run, and on weekends, to brunch with friends after yoga in the morning.
6. Where will we find you when you're not working?
I enjoy going out for walks – in parks, in the city, and in museums. I draw a lot of inspiration from nature, people, art and architecture. I also like a good book, film, and music.
More about Karyn Lim
MAYFAIR capsule collection is available online 22 SEP, 8PM (GMT+8).