A London College of Fashion graduate, Younwon Kim launched Danse Lente in 2017. We find out more about her design process in our exclusive interview.
MONNIER Frères: How did you start?
Youngwon Kim: It came to me quite naturally as I always thought of doing this. Fortunately, an opportunity came along when I was just waiting for the right time to start it.
M.F.: How did you come up with the french name Danse Lente ?
Y.K.: I just brainstormed and thought of many different names for the brand. Randomly, ‘slow dance’ popped up in my head, and then I looked it up in French and discovered Danse Lente. I just liked the sound of it, as well as the meaning. Handbags are accessories that people ‘wear’ a lot in everyday life. I often use word ‘wear’, instead of hold or other verbs for some reason, because they can indeed be worn around our torso. I pictured some sort of slow-dance-like movement of people walking and wearing handbags in their everyday life. I wanted to evoke some sort of uplifting sensation through that imagery, and that’s how I decided on the brand’s name, Danse Lente.
M.F.: You said you’ve been inspired by Picasso and Brancusi. Can you tell us a bit more about this ?
Y.K.: I do get inspiration from many different sources. The reason why I mentioned Brancusi is that the exceptional harmony of straight and curved lines is so timelessly alluring, which inspires me every time. Needless to say, Picasso boasts a large body of work and encompasses many different styles and techniques.