Renli Su explores the concept of clothes changing through time. Soaking in wearer’s personality, her garments are made to fit an individual, not a trend. These are muted palettes and simple shapes Su is working with and her fashion speaks minimalism that fits into urban life. With new collection premiering this London Fashion Week, we speak to Su on the inspiration.
I grew up… and studied painting and art in China. It wasn’t until my second year at the university in Beijing that I decided to change my major to fashion. I started creating geometric shapes in simple black and white fabrics. I realized my passion for the materials and the intricacy of hand-made practices.
In London… I started the brand RENLI SU. We want to promote the power of hand-made techniques and organic fabrics. Each RENLI SU collection aims to convey the idea that garments do not only retain the physical traces of their past, but also form an intrinsic bond with their wearer through the memories associated with them.
The way that you dress… represents a sort-of silent voice for the wearer, via garments you select a form of expression. I like the idea of clothes telling a story, so I think the designs take on part of your personality and express it in a way nothing else can.
The stories are in the materials… from ‘Summer Fabric’ that’s plain woven by skillful craftsmen in China to hand-dyed block printed organic cotton from India,. I am also focused on the idea to create comfortable, wearable designs with attention to detail. But the story isn’t complete until the garment is being worn.
Raw and simple aesthetic… is part of my designs and derives from the use of organic materials and natural techniques such as hand-dying.
We all have our very own ways of handling different matters… and the same goes for clothing. How we treat the clothes, how we fold, the frequency of washes and how we foster a garment will vary from person to person, hence every piece within the collection will vary as time goes on.
The collection for AW15… is an extension of Little Women SS15. I still want to deliver a strong, yet feminine concept that reflects on an independent woman, I continue to use only organic fabrics that are symbols of oriental culture and stand for quality and rich heritage.
See RENLI SU design at Somerset House during London Fashion Week. Shop for the collection here.