KOLEMAN CHAN

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@bbysenpai

Koleman Chan, or Baby Senpai, is a model, designer and entrepreneur based in Hong Kong. After years of studying fashion, followed by a range of roles within the industry, Chan and his fellow designer Zhang “Ice” Bing, decided to start their own label. The result is Dynasti: “an edgy blend of traditional Chinese culture, minimalism, and casual luxury”, representing both Chan and Bing’s meticulous eyes for detail. The pair not only design but art direct, style, photograph and model the clothes and design the website themselves.

Why did you start doing what you are doing when you did it?

I felt like I wanted to destroy the prevailing stereotypes by provoking genderless fashion. My partner and I, Zhangbing, felt like there was no proper Hong Kong fashion in Hong Kong so we decided to develope our own brand, Dynasti, which is inspired by our Chinese heritage.

What’s your biggest goal in life?

I want to be who I am and do it really well. I’m an artist and a piece of art.

Which film has had the biggest impact on your work and/or the way you view the world?

I love operas, and porn – if that count as film? I love how people express themselves in romantic, exaggerated ways.

How would you describe your style?

I’m a male fairy, a walking angel.

What is the first thing you notice in someone?

Vibes. I feel different vibes in people and I use different sides of me to get along with different people.

Do you ever talk to strangers?

Yes, it can be fun! I don’t judge.

When did you last cry?

A week ago I stayed in my room alone and cried because the moon was beautiful. I felt like an angel on earth and I cried a little bit because I was feeling it.

Do you hate anyone at the moment?

No. Love before hatred. I don’t need to hate anyone, I look forward.

Who is your role model?

I have a lot of inspirations. My favourites are Isabella Blow, Salvador Dali and Audrey Kitching.

Do you like being naked?

I love being naked, I feel like a painting.

Have you reinvented yourself dramatically?

I love drama. I breathe transformations.

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