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by on January 12, 2012

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 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.


Contributed by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.