Brandon Sun, an up-and-coming designer from New York graduated Parsons as ‘Designer of the Year’ and trained with some of the best in industry. After college Brandon joined J Mendel and within five short years was promoted from Design Assistant to Designer, working closely with Gilles Mendel himself. It was here Brandon was able to hone his skills in both tailoring and fur. In 2009 he was snapped up by Oscar de la Renta to be his new Design Director of fur and help bring a modern edge to the brand. This past year saw Brandon launch his ready-to-wear and fur collection with both his fall/winter and spring/summer designs presented at Mercedes Benz Fashion week. I had the opportunity to meet and work with him when he came to Chicago to showcase his latest collections at Neiman Marcus. Remember his name, as he is definitely one to watch!
WHAT ARE YOU ADDICTED TO?
Papa John’s and ice cream.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN NY?
The accessibility, the people, the energy, the culture, the garment district and all the people who help make my dream a reality.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
The word I’ve been using is insouciant.
WHAT DOES FASHION MEAN TO YOU?
It’s a lifestyle, a way of life. It should apply to the furniture you buy, the candles that you light, the food that you eat, the people that you hang out with, the art that you collect and the clothes that you wear.
ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My trench coat.
WHAT’S YOUR SPRING COLLECTION INSPIRED BY?
It’s inspired by the idea of Zen. That’s something I’ve been investigating more and more. My first collection was based on ninja and Kung-Fu assassins but even the root in that is the beauty and essence of Zen.
Trés Awesome for taking such a fab picture.