A London College of Fashion graduate, Taeseok Kang has pushed the boundaries of handbag design, presenting us with collections which combine luxury leathers with surrealist elements. Utilising human hair in his handbag designs, Kang creates hair tassels and braided hair handles, challenging preconceptions of tradition.
All hand-crafted in vegetarian leather, Kang’s designs explore sexuality and the human body, with past pieces using shape function and detail to reflect aspects of the sexual human body. Inspired by his own sexual curiosity as a child growing up in Korea, Kang gives us a lesson in controversial couture. Upon first glance, Kang’s collections appear to be as you would expect from a luxe fashion brand however on further inspection, erotic undertones seep to the surface as he juxtaposes the subtle with the extreme.
Having previously exhibited at Fashion Scout London, Kang has gone on to show his SS14 collection at Fashion Scout's Paris Showrooms, where he will be returning this season with his latest offering for AW14. Expect sexual narratives in premium leathers as Kang’s innovative and unique vision continues to tackle taboos.
By Charlotte Muscat, (@CharlotteLM9), Contributor
Images, courtesy of Taesok Kang.