A Tentative Atelier
HONG KONG, CHINA
Exploring the dynamic tension between delicate handicraft and artistic elegance, A Tentative Atelier pieces harness luxury with a distinctly Victorian flair. Their collections marry irregular hems, tonal stitching, collage patchwork, Edwardian florals and translucent overlays. This variety results in a rich tapestry of innovative silhouettes with a centrally romantic aesthetic.
After graduating from the Hong Kong Design Institute and wetting their feet in fashion houses across Europe, designer duo Nam Tsang and Pauline Yuen founded A Tentative Atelier in 2012 as a platform to encourage and sustain the spirit of high-quality craftsmanship in fashion. Pauline was awarded an Italy Vogue Talent Award in 2014, complete with a master’s scholarship to Milan’s prestigious Domus Academy. The following year Nam won Perspective’s 40 Under 40 award for outstanding design sensibility. Based between Milan, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, their brand is known for being the last generation of Shanghai Artisans. Their team of professional tailors and machinists boast over 40 years of experience in the garment industry.
A Tentative Atelier’s designs converse directly with conceptual art, music and film. Historical references and sensibilities permeate their garments. Each piece is handcrafted with lavish, natural fabrics that maintain a raw and ageless quality. Contrasting enhancements in synthetic materials and metals draw the collection into the contemporary realm, and ensure there is a delightful surprise to discover within every piece.
Avant Toi sits at the cutting edge of luxury knitwear. Forward-thinking, innovative and extraordinary, they have revolutionized classical cashmere into an aesthetic urban and avant-garde without sacrificing the material’s inherent elegance. Their superior quality knits are shredded, painted and spattered to create Avant Toi’s signature juxtaposition of grunge and luxe.
Founded in 1994 by Liapull Cashmere, Avant Toi flouts stylistic standards and instead gives life to innovative and experimental techniques. Today it is led by artistic director Mirko Ghignone, who continually manipulates the boundaries of luxury cashmere, silk and linen. Pieces are smoked, torn, destroyed, blended and air-brushed to become new creations that are refined, yet provoking. Mirko’s originality blends distinctive character and custom colorways that emphasize the texture and beauty of each knit.
By creating collections alive with contradiction, Avant Toi has perfected a broad empirical language that resonates with many. A true creative, Mirko finds inspiration for the pieces in fine art. His uncanny eye for color is only surpassed by his profound love for it, imbuing the heart of Avant Toi with an emotional potency only found in a storied palette.