Triple Major Nomad Store
“Triple Major Nomad Store @ WOK” is the direct descendant of “La Grande Bouffe” project, which took place in Beijing in Spring 2012. These collaborations come from a Parisian meeting between Wok Store Milano and the young Ritchie Chan, owner ofTriple Major concept store in Beijing. From September 20th to September 25th, during the “Milan Fashion Week”, after visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles with his “Nomad Store project”, Tripe Major will bring to town only for Wok Store a selection of Chinese designers.
Besides four different Chinese brands, Ritchie Chan with his own label Triple Major has designed for Italian customers an exclusive collection for Men & Women inspired by the “shadows” theme. According to Ritchie they are symbols that people from different cultures share and understand: Milan, Beijing or elsewhere, the animals created by hand shadows could easily be interpreted.
Triple-Major, Crane, Digest Design Workshop, Tianmomo Wang, UUendy Lau are the creative minds chosen for the event. Each designer offers his/her personal know-how, fantasy and experience to give a complete overview of the cutting-edge Chinese fashion world.
Quick chat with Ritchie Chan:
What are the touch points with WOK Store?
WOK and us carry a few labels in common, so I’ve heard about them for a while. Simona, Fede and I were all in Paris for Fashion Week about a year ago, so we decided to meet to discuss for potential collaboration opportunities. We soon noticed that we share similar vision and taste, so the idea to do an exchange at each other’s space came up quite naturally.
How does European fashion differ from Chinese fashion?
I think it’s very hard to make a clear comparison.
Many Chinese local designers who set up their own labels domestically are educated in Europe or elsewhere abroad. Their tailoring skills, vision and source of inspiration have a mixed influence. At the meantime, it’s not rare to see people from abroad setting up studios in China and selling in China. Myself as a good example, educated in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, never been to Beijing until 2 years ago, set up a store in Beijing, carrying labels from Finland, Iceland, and about 10 other countries, while selling our products to over 20 countries around the world. From marketing, production to inspiration and education, the continental boundary of the fashion industry has become quite blurry, so I personally find it difficult to make a clear East vs. West comparison like we used to.
You have declared that “creative fashion with functionality and money-making is possible”. How would you contextualize this sentence in relation to the debate about plagiarism: Made in Italy, Made in China?
Rather than an ambition, I think what I really meant is that it’s necessary for me to constantly balance Triple-Major’s creative side and financial feasibility.
It’s more a personal experience and daily observation, so I don’t think it could necessarily be projected into a broader commentary about plagiarism and international production so much.