Harvee Kok – award-wining fashion designer who plans to push his education and future in fashion beyond limits! This KLFW 2014, Harvee Kok plans to wow us with his up and coming collection, ‘Reincarnation Remedy’, and we can hardly wait. Rising up from a whole lot of struggles and juggling work, Harvee captured our attention, and we just had to pick his brains on how he made it this far in the merciless fashion industry!

Harvee Kok

What’s your background story?
I’m from small town in Johor. After secondary school, I decided to continue my studies in Bachelor Business Administration at Northern University of Malaysia. After I graduated, I proceeded to work three years in Johor and Singapore, but a calling to pursue my dreams in fashion prompted me to enroll at Raffles College, KL; and gave me a new confidence to take on the fashion industry upon graduation.

Was your childhood a particularly creative one?
Yes, considerably – during my childhood, I always involved myself in a lot of drawing and creative competitions.

How did you take an interest to fashion, and then to designing in particular?
I think I was naturally drawn to fashion … from my teens. In school, I had to wear uniforms and that always made me have a desire to differentiate myself from others.

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Take us through your journey — from your first job to eventually designing.
After I finished my bachelor in BA, I worked as a Sales admin in Johor and Singapore, which I had initially taken upon as a plan to earn tuition fees to continue my studies in fashion design. That was a very long journey in my life – but worth it. Now, I finally feel like I am doing what I should be.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievements so far would have to be winning the Harper’s Bazaar Asia New Generation Fashion Designer Award 2013, and becoming a Johnnie Walker ‘Keep Walking’ Ambassador.

What inspires your designs?
Everything and anything in my daily life.

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Describe your workspace, and why it’s more conducive to you in terms of productivity and creativity.
I generally work in my own small room. I’m quite flexible when it comes to a workspace, though – I can work just about anywhere so long as I have the necessary equipments and facilities.

What’s your favourite thing about being a designer?
That an idea can be demonstrated through solutions – for me, problem-solving is the best part about being a designer.

What’s goes on in your mind when designing?
I wish to create a new kind of fashion experience, and enable people to enjoy it – it’s about opening up every individual’s vision. In a way, fashion design is intellectual entertainment.


Take us through your current collection for KLFW 2014.
My new collection titled, ‘Reincarnation Remedy’, was inspired by Cordyceps Sinensis, which has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.

How do you feel about showcasing this KLFW?
I’m pretty excited!

Out of the casted and selected models for KLFW, who do you hope will be modeling your clothes this KLFW?
Magdalena Frackowiak  and Hanne Gaby Odiele.

What does the rest of 2014 hold for you?
I have yet to start my own label, considering the fact that I’ll be leaving Malaysia soon to continue my studies … but I believe I will be able to start my own label some time in the near future.


Image credit: Zhong Lin