>> I've been holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong where the rooms have oddities such as a rocking horse and a King Charles spaniel dog lamp base. It's all "surreal", Surrealist nods and being in Hong Kong led me to dig up these images by HK-based sock label Da Sein. We're not short of quirky socks thes days – Happy Socks will meet most graphic and bright sock needs, Ayame has the beautiful fabric experimenations covered and Tabio is my go-to place fo all types of hoisery. Brother and sister Jessica and Carson started Da Sein last year, in a bid to turn away from the conventional sock and create something altogether more eye-catching poking from underneath a skirt or trouser length. When paired with Rene Magritte's paintings as seen here, it's diffiuclt to write off Da Sein's designs and brand outlook as just another run-of-the mill cutesy sock label. Magritte's paintings inspire Jessica and Carson to look at time and space in a different way and even if the bold patterns they draw on their socks aren't directly surreal, there's definitely a painter's touch in the composition and colour combinations. Da Sein are selling via Facebook at the moment and are one to add to boost the list of names to call on when I get asked about the Hong Kong fashion scene, something that happens when people recognise me here and I fumble, blush and generally make a tit out of myself.
March 30, 2012