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December 4, 2012

Six Lee

I had the pleasure of meeting the Hong Kong-based, Antwerp-educated designer Six Lee when I was in Hong Kong.  After graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts Antwerpen in 2009 and working in the Alexander McQueen menswear team shortly after, he started his namesake line which I find to be an experimental and strikingly dramatic take on traditional tailoring.  I had a cup of tea with the designer, then headed to Joyce Boutique for a little game of dress-up.

Six Lee at Joyce Boutique, Hong Kong

An attached fringed scarf trails from the back of a Six Lee coat I tried on.

This plaid flannel cummerbund with tails is a prime example of Lee’s highly dramatic experimental pieces.

chunky gold buttons on the designer’s own jacket

a Six Lee jacket and ring on the designer’s injured publicist

Six Lee’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection is entitled “We’re all at the end” and is inspired by the desire to share one’s most memorable and priceless moments with one’s beloved in the advent of an apocalypse.  These are my favorite looks from that collection:

Round glasses pierce through a felt hat to create quite a sinister gray tailored look.

The designer often gets compared to Thom Browne, but the multilayered elements of this look and the juxtaposition of straight and squiggly lines suggest a looser, more romantic aesthetic for Six Lee.

This plaid pullover jacket is a pain to put on, but makes for quite an interesting clean silhouette.

This rendition of the short jacket + high-waisted trouser combination is sharp and spot-on.

Six Lee FW12, photographed by Jaime Martinez


special thanks to Six Lee, Dean Luk, and Elam Chan


  • Patrick Wilson
    December 4th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Very interesting pieces!

  • Mr Essentialist
    December 4th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Izzy the fringed scarf is pretty amazing!

  • Duck
    December 5th, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Oh I didn’t know Six Lee was based in HK now, I just assumed he was in London because I always hear people talking about him (which usually means he’s a local for an “up-and-coming” designer). Thinking about it now, it’s probably because Matthew Zorpas was pseudo representing him in the UK.

    I love the unexpected details in all his clothes, I much prefer it to Thom Browne!

  • amo
    December 5th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    nice pics very interesting clothe


  • Brandon Acton-Bond
    December 6th, 2012 at 8:33 am

    My my my my my! Menswear I like? And can relate to?! Izzyy?!

  • Isa
    December 6th, 2012 at 11:49 am

    You can definitely see the McQueen influence! So sharp yet original! Love it!


  • gabby bo
    December 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    oh my! LOVE LOVE LOVE them all! *speechless*

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