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3EIGHTH

How do you incorporate diversity and inclusivity into your designs?

Our approach to design always comes from a comfort and movement perspective first. And I believe those are basic qualities that people across all genders and forms would appreciate. With that in mind, it usually leans towards looser silhouettes, which I'm very fond of, and this design thinking mainly influences most of my design work. On top of that, up to half of our designs are unisex and we also encourage people across all genders to try out all the styles if they are open to experiment. At 3EIGHTH, our ethos focuses really on giving people an allowance to be themselves, and I love how freeing it is to see people take up space, command a presence and be able to feel comfortable and free, in their own element. Our designs and sizes are created for more free-sized styling, and can cater for a wider spectrum of sizes and body types as well. We're always open to feedback to improve too.

 

What is one change you would like to see in the fashion industry?

I would love to see more designs styled across both genders, or people who identify across the spectrum. I definitely understand the challenge is that from a technical viewpoint, that women's and men's bodies may not be the same, and there will always be additional costs and barriers for additional sizes, so I hope people can understand designers' dilemmas, especially those from a smaller set up. Hopefully we'll see those micro shifts in the fashion ecosystem too and support more people in their fashion.

How do you incorporate diversity and inclusivity into your designs?

Even though we serve solely the plus size market, we take into account different plus size body shapes — there are chubby girls that have really fantastic waistlines, and some that do not, and we always try to make styles that flatter both groups. In our choice of colours, we also take into account customers of different skintones, and we try to make something that would complement their skin tones.

What is one change you would like to see in the fashion industry?

We would really like to see less wastage and less of the "more more more" consumerist mentality. We produce our clothes thoughtfully and hope that our customers also make careful measured decisions and cherish the pieces that they buy, whether from us, or from anywhere!

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The Amber Loft

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IKV Studio

How do you incorporate diversity and inclusivity into your designs?

Most IKV designs can be worn by everyone. Our items are genderless, not restricted to sizes, and look fantastic for people (and/or aliens!) of all colors.

 

What is one change you would like to see in the fashion industry?

I would like the fashion industry, especially in the Asian fashion context, to broaden their beauty standards, to be more open to what's outside of the current stereotypes of what is "beautiful" and "acceptable" in our society.

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