Centrestage Elites - 2017


Fiona Lau & Kain Picken

#Hong Kong

FFIXXED STUDIOS is a collaborative men’s and women’s wear brand based between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. The brand was founded in 2010 by Creative Directors Fiona Lau and Kain Picken. Fiona studied Fashion at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and Kain studied Fine Arts at the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne, Australia. They live and work in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

Fiona and Kain started working together in Berlin, Germany in 2008. What began as a collaborative art project exploring different ideas and materials related to fashion evolved into a ready-to-wear fashion brand. In 2009 they released their first ready-to-wear product in collaboration with the Berlin/Paris design duo BLESS. The piece was shown as part of their presentation in Paris for Spring/Summer 2009. After briefly moving to New York to develop the collections, in 2010 they relocated to Hong Kong where they established an office and an in-house production and design studio in Shenzhen, China.

FFIXXED STUDIOS makes clothing and objects that respond, adapt to, and inspire changing conditions for contemporary living. The ready-to-wear label evolves seasonally alongside a variety of other projects and collaborations. Reflecting on the “Every Day”, the collections respond to the construction of daily life, exploring notions of work and life in contemporary culture. Prioritising movement and openness both conceptually and in material and functional terms, FFIXXED STUDIOS propose a laid-back simplicity, emphasised by modern cutting and a fluid, eclectic aesthetic. They draw on natural fibres, custom-developed fabrics and personalised production techniques to address issues of sustainability and ethical working processes.

Their collections have been shown on schedule at Paris and Shanghai Fashion weeks. Since bursting onto the scene, the duo has garnered a distinguished list of accolades and awards. Among these are Hong Kong Young Talent Design Award in 2012, International Woolmark Prize - Women's Asia in 2013, Y.E.S. Sustainability Award in 2015 and Best Original Design Award, Shanghai Fashion Week in 2016. They were also being selected for Vogue Talents by Vogue Italia and Hong Kong Fashion Incubation Program. Their collections are now available internationally at stores, including Lane Crawford, (Hong Kong/Chinese mainland), Beams International Gallery (Japan), Opener Shop (Korea), Opening Ceremony (United States), OPIA (Sweden), BAERK (Germany), Dapper (Norway), MinBart(United Arab Emirates)…