Misu A Barbe, the name seems like an Europe designer brand, but it is a seoul-based brand. The brand director Misu Kim born in Seoul and moved to Paris in 2006. She had experience working for Maison Martin Margiela, Bless and Bernhard Willhelm, and launched her own label Misu A Barbe in 2010.
Criminal Girl chosen the picture of SS14 collection Sand Swimmer and FW13 collection Herbivore Safari, since they all have a kind of fairy tale style. I really like the sweater of Misu A Barbe, the loose silhouette and color block treatment, is very easy to catch people eyes. Misu A Barbe is launching their FW14 collection soon, so Criminal Girl will sure report to all of you later!
SS14 Sand Swimmer
FW13 Herbivore Safari
Interview with Misu A Barbe
G: Criminal Girl , M: Misu Kim
G: Would you please tell me more about your latest collection?
M: 14 ss sand swimmer is one of my favorite collection until now. It’s about time when we day ream in daily life. Swimming in sand is impossible to do in real way but in momentary fantasy we can. It’s for value of that moment.
G: What is your muse for this collection?
M: There is not precise muse. But I thinks whoever can wear ‘misu a barbe’ like daily wear.
G: What kind of techniques you special used in your latest collection?
M: As a knit brand we use machine knitting and hand knitting at the same time.
This we use more of hand knitting technic for making nicer detail. Also i like small collection living section like cups and towel. Cups we made are from small beaker factory at Seoul. They all made by artisanal way.
G: What do you think about the new designers in Korea?
M: Young Korean designers know very well about commercial skill with talented design. They educated well abroad and catch trend very quick like we are in Paris or London. Those kind of things are weak point which make all design alike. I think we all should make a effort to have own creativity beside their own trend catch ability.
G: What is the next project for you?
M: Now I ‘m preparing the SS15 collection as a routine work. Also this year I have some collaboration project with shoes company and we will do small installation exhibition in Seoul with 14 fw collection. It’s about quarrying and collection stone.
G: Where do you seek your inspiration?
M: everywhere. some times small sentence in novel can a start of collection. And talking with friends is very helpful to figure out what I can make for collection.
G: What is your favorite designer and why?
M: I really like bless. I worked for them when I was in Paris. Their way of presenting and collections surprise me everytimes in good way.
More information of Misu A Barbe:
Official website: http://www.misuabarbe.com/
Not just a label: https://www.notjustalabel.com/designer/misu-barbe?collection=159895
When Criminal Girl meets Misu A Barbe