Designer Daily: Kai-aakmann
Jan 12, 2012 - by Jessica Lapidos
Take precise men's tailoring and fuse it with a soft feminine drape, and a garment evolves into a more genderless structure. That is Soonjin Park's philosophy as the designer for Kai-aakmann. Her history with unisex clothing gives her great nuance when trying to find the middle ground. The men's collection is subtle in its delineating men and womenswear, but I do know I would wear these harem trousers. Check out the women's spring 2012 collection on Lookk.com. See the menswear and learn more here. The name Kai-aakman comes from the cryptic combination of ancient Greek words. Part of it springs from an abbreviation of Anima and Animus, which are the feminine personality in a man and a masculine personality in a women, respectively. The Kai-aak represents the archetypal central image of the psyche. It also uses the German word 'Mann' for man, juxtaposing the flowing and rigid nature of gender.
You can find Kai-aakmann at Fred Segal in LA, Oak in NYC and other such independent boutiques.