Let’s start with the inevitable, tell us about your brand? Its quite new but its already had much exposure!
Hello! My name is Gyurin Na. I’m very glad to show my capsule collection “SEMBRA VERO” here in these images. To briefly introduce my background, I was born in Seoul, South Korea. I studied fashion in Milan, Italy. I majored in Womenswear pattern cutting at Istituto Secoli because I had a great interest in the technical part of fashion at that time. It was a great experience to learn lots of various techniques and knowledge for understanding garments. Even though, I had to come back to my country from Milan right after the graduation last year because of the pandemic, I’m grateful about my experience in Milan and it’s still a big inspiration to me.
After working on my graduation collection, it came natural to me to consider creating my own label. Working independently is very motivating because I like to challenge myself to be more creative and authentic. Recently, I launched a womenswear brand called “QUASI PURITY” which is based in Seoul. I am running the brand together with my co-founder who is a graphic designer and 3D artist. Quasi Purity is a womenswear brand for the inclusive. For those with diverse interests and elastic attitudes. We also pursue both physical and virtual/digital fashion.
From what I understand, you studied music prior to fashion. Do your previous studies in music somehow correlate with your brand now?
I was influenced by my dad who is a composer and started playing music when I was a kid. I played the piano for many years and I decided to go overseas to Amsterdam and study jazz piano. I studied at Amsterdam Conservatory for a while and music is still one of my big inspirations. Interestingly, it seems like my taste in fashion reflects my taste in music. I like to listen to eclectic genres of music and when I design, I also like to use different prints, textures and styles. Like jazz improvisations, I would like to be free and make a brand that continuously changes.
What was the point of realisation that you knew you wanted to pursue fashion?
During my years in Conservatory, living abroad by myself and the thought that I am not talented at music and the depression led me to stop the study. It was a low point in my life but I started a hobby of making small fashion items like t-shirts and skirts and I was very interested in it and thought maybe I could study designing. Of course, it was not easy to start something completely new. There was a time when I was dressing a model with clothing that I made. She said she liked the clothing and wanted to even buy it, I felt great joy and a sense of achievement. That is how I realised that fashion is something that I wanted to pursue.