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