THE DESIGNER

justin yap designer

With the raw talent of a frisky designer 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 sartorial 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 2009 after winning the MIFA Best Evening Wear Designer award in 2005.

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. His ideal woman? One of a kind in a mind of her own.