Designer Jennifer Chun Takes Us Through Her Process

And the inspiration for her fall line

Images courtesy of the designer

After cutting her teeth at labels like Michael Kors, Derek Lam, and Brian Reyes, New York-based designer Jennifer Chun launched her ’90s-infused namesake label in 2009. It’s one of our faves for menswear-inflected silhouettes, rich textures, and interesting uses of denim. Here, Chun shares some insider info on her process and work. 

I was born in South Korea, but the last place I lived was Troy, Ohio.

Astrological sign

Design philosophy
I always first stay true to my aesthetic, which is a ’90s/uniform look, and then I decide what has inspired me that particular season.

Winona Ryder in Mermaids

Materials of choice
Denim or cotton oxfords and shirting with stripes or plaids

Sartorial scenario
It would either be the 1960s or 1990s. Since I grew up in the ’90s, it’s the easiest for me to relate to. I love the ’90s Miu Miu ads with Audrey Marnay or even Mazzy Star’s “Fade Into You” video.

Jennifer Chun, F/W '16

Musical metaphor
Alternative. Does that even exist anymore? I love The Smiths.

Fun fact
My initial inspiration board actually starts out on my kitchen wall and sometimes runs into my foyer area. I move my kitchen table and cover the wall with clothes, photos, and artwork before I even reduce it to a board.

Inspiration for fall ’16
The collection is called “Cannonball” after the Breeders’ song. The collection was really inspired by lead singer Kim Deal who is from Dayton, Ohio, where I went to high school. I was so inspired by her music and style growing up.

Personal wardrobe staple
Always a denim jacket, even in 90-degree weather

Dream travel destination
Mongolia or South Africa

Favorite spot in New York
The West Chelsea area where the old Balenciaga boutique used to be

Last novel you loved
Devil in the White City

Favorite film of all time
Stand by Me or the Star Wars trilogy

Daily soundtrack
The Breeders, Morrissey, Mazzy Star, PJ Harvey, Violent Femmes, Fiona Apple, and New Order, all on shuffle

Drink order
Anything with blood orange or grapefruit mixed into it. But if a place has Saratoga Sparkling Spring Water, I always order that.

Standby snack
Chocolate-covered gummy bears mixed with raspberry Jelly Bellys