With the raw talent of a frisky designer-to-be and a humble pie background in watching his grandmother sew, Kuala Lumpur-born Justin Yap spent his childhood crafting woven dreams of becoming his own brand. This self-assured lad approaches fashion with much appreciation for juxtaposition; his love for contrasting colors show bright in every collection, but none more so than his signature hue of bold Turquoise.
Adopting tailoring skills from couturier Carven Ong at his academy in 2004, he demonstrates precision in tailoring by creating innovative garment constructions with a strong understanding in textile to perfect form. The result? – Clean, understated, classic styles that shine an effervescent trend of its own. The designer founded his womenswear label in 2007 after winning the MIFA Best Evening Wear Designer award in 2005.
Justin has also collaborated with several international brands for special projects and shows such as Triumph, Valisere, Redken, Maybelline, Toni&Guy, and Krononbourg to name a few. He is also member of Malaysian Official Designers Association (MODA).
In addition to his achievement, Justin was named as one of the uprising star designer of Kuala Lumpur by Lonely Planet in 2011. The following year, he founded his womenswear Ready-To-Wear line named justin yap collection and it’s currently stocking in Singapore. The same year, Justin also rebranded his couture, made to measure line named justin yap prestige.
In 2013, the designer Launched his long awaited, Eponymous menswear line and it’s currently stocking in both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. The same year, he was appointed as a judge of the Harrison Young Designer Competition.
In Justin’s perspective, garments are all functioning limbs of one’s self-confidence. His collections often stem from his elaborations on simple principles of construction and form, drawing simultaneously from couture and tailoring traditions with a reasonable dose of luxury. To add drive to passion, Justin also designs a line of shoes made to fit the modern woman of today. Twisted classics with a taste of equally strong colors and exotic leather meticulously crafted by hand, his shoes play a strong part in creating his ideal woman; one of a kind in a mind of her own. The line is called justin yap soles.
Atelier (1st September 2015 onwards)
30, Jalan Limau Nipis, Bangsar Park, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
735B North Bridge Rd, #02-01, Shophouse Singapore, 198703
Elegantology Gallery & Restaurant
35, Level G2, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas 1, 50480 KL