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JOYCE: Live Curiously

JOYCE: Live Curiously

By JOYCE
In its first two seasons, the podcast has welcomed some of the world’s brightest creative talents and cultural commentators. Season 3 goes the extra mile to help the global JOYCE community LIVE CONNECTED. Episodes take the listener from Amsterdam to Antwerp; from New York back to Hong Kong – and to China for our first podcast conversation in Mandarin. But while we roam, we turn our perspective inward. Today, rethinking consumer culture has become a global imperative. In search of answers, we delve deeper into the core values JOYCE is built on: CREATIVITY, CRAFT, and CARE
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Live Connected: Jaap van Zweden in conversation with Ken Smith
“The contact between the audience and an orchestra is hard to describe. It’s a giving and taking of energy.” Give it up for Maestro Jaap van Zweden. Holding two roles as Music Director of both the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic, he has become a venerable classical music presence across three continents. In particular in Hong Kong, van Zweden is responsible for shaping what is a young orchestra culture. On the latest JOYCE  Live Curiously podcast episode, van Zweden speaks to the Asian performing arts critic for the Financial Times of London Ken Smith, amidst another lockdown from his hometown of Amsterdam. From drawing similarities of his two home away from homes - New York and Hong Kong to pondering post pandemic performances, van Zweden and Smith are both in agreement. “There is nothing better than a live performance.” Amen to that.
25:42
April 14, 2021
LIVE CONNECTED: Ivana Wong in conversation with Gavin So
Always read the label. Or never read the label? An icon of our times, Hong Kong singer-songwriter Ivana Wong speaks to Gavin So the JOYCE Head of Creative about music, art and her refusal to conform to mainstream popular culture. The firm friends and fellow creative mavericks share thoughts and insights into just how damaging a stereotype can be. Labels may be for clothing, but they're not for people. Nor art. Ivana, the week before she opens doors to ‘Pink Room’ - the first chapter in an ongoing multimedia art project ‘The Missing Something’ - openly shares her personal point of view, inviting visitors to question the dominance of labels in the world, influencing and restricting our perceptions, beliefs and behaviour. In a fast paced world of first impressions, we need to take time to explore and appreciate the story behind the image. “When you find yourself without true ‘art’, you will realise its importance. So preempting this - valuing it before you find yourself missing it - has become the central thought of ‘The Missing Something.”
38:59
March 23, 2021
LIVE CONNECTED: NCHS in conversation with Karchun Leung
Genuine article. Designer TinTin Zhang set up shop in a city famous for fashion fakes and bootlegs – and found real inspiration. The NCHS founder tells Karchun Leung about community, local values and design innovation that’s proudly Made In Putian. TinTin’s avant-garde creativity had classical roots. Her work at Central St Martins and the RCA earned her a prestigious stint in product development at Adidas and an International Talent Support (ITS 2018) OTB Award. With a string of fashion capitals – London, Berlin, Shanghai – and an innovator’s skillset under her belt, the time was right to launch her creative empire on home soil. Neon Cloud Hat System (NCHS) is bringing bold, directional millinery and accessories to China – but as TinTin explains, the local people and culture are her muse as well as her market. Her breakout “Putianciaga” hats repurpose the knock-off sneakers consumers can’t get enough of. Designer fakes are reborn as original co-created street-style. Thanks to online platforms, a brand like NCHS can stay local and embedded in a community – while reaching a bigger audience and boosting an emerging creative hub like Putian on the world stage. As TinTin sees it, ethical, game-changing fashion can happen far from bright lights and runways. NCHS just asks that we watch this space.
36:55
January 8, 2021
Live Connected: Christopher John Rogers in conversation with Jillian Choi
When Christopher John Rogers was in fifth grade, he knew he wanted to be a fashion designer.  He later stumbled on an Alexander McQueen show on YouTube and has since been hooked. Roger’s love of unadulterated and saturated Fashion with a capital F, has seen him rise quickly with his eponymous label, garnering a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2019 and an incredible cohort of CJR wearers such as Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Beyonce. Iridescent fabrics, saturated jewel tones and dramatic volumes that physically take up the space of a room have marked Rogers out in the New York fashion scene.   Jillian Choi, director of global exhibitions at Design Miami and hardcore fashion enthusiast, speaks to Rogers on this episode of the Live Curiously podcast, delving into his journey - from his upbringing in Baton Rouge, where prim church goers and an anything-goes eclecticism have become part of his ongoing reference points, to his time in New York designing for DVF, whilst side hustling with his own brand.  Choi and Rogers also unpack an unprecedented year, in which the young designer has had the luxury of time to be with his thoughts and really think about what his brand really stands for, realising that it’s ok not to be “everything to everyone.”  Rogers’ hopes for fashion’s future?  No grand plans for now, but just pure gratitude for doing him.    “To be able to make clothing that is specific and charged with emotion be able to have a business out of that.  I feel lucky that we’ve found a community that understands that and relate to that and allow us to continue what we’re doing.”
39:04
December 22, 2020
Live Connected: Richard Quinn in conversation with Susie Lau
Long live the Quinn!  Richard Quinn was already a breakout graduate from his Central Saint Martins MA class with his extreme subversions of floral prints but when Her Majesty the Queen made a surprise appearance at his London Fashion Week show in 2018 to present him with the inaugural QEII Award for British Design, that’s when all eyes fell on this young, grounded designer. Quinn has since risen and risen, with surreal moments like the likes of Celine Dion and Cardi B donning a head-to-toe RQ look, as well as putting on spectacular shows that involve both his family and community, like the SS20 show that had a troupe of girls from the local primary school emerging in marabou ensembles standing next to a Cecil Beaton-esque mise-en-scene, with the help of his brother who works in construction. From Quinn’s South Peckham studio and open-access print studio, he spoke to fashion journalist and content creator Susie Lau, just as a second lockdown had begun in London, about navigating an albeit quieter year for everyone and how we will emerge and react to these strange times.  Dress up, up and up is the takeaway! “Those key turning point, red carpet moments aren’t happening right now.  But once this is all gone, it will be more saturated than ever.  Everyone will be just like ‘Let’s go for it!’.  It will be like the 1920s again.  Any occasion will be special.” Keeping things special is precisely why Quinn opted not to show his SS21 collection in September and instead postponed it until February. Being brave enough to pause and wait for a better moment is why Quinn’s shows are such hot tickets. Welcome to the House of Quinn!
41:49
December 15, 2020
Live Connected: MIHN Club Resident DJs in conversation with Arthur Bray and Tedman Lee
All-night Canto disco. Reunited for part two of their deep-dive in to homegrown creative talent, Arthur Bray and Tedman Lee dissect Hong Kong’s club music scene with resident DJs of MIHN club, the city’s forward-thinking electronic dance club. Mr. Ho (Michael Ho), JayMe (Jimmy Mak), Nanogram (Jason Ng) reminisce and discuss all influences from Italo disco, house, techno, hiphop, dubstep and Leslie Cheung to iconic 80s nightclub Canton, Manchester’s Sankeys, cult Club XXX and the fabled Chungking Mansions. Feel free to be free. The DJs discuss what it means to be creatively free behind the turntable. How does performing to a Hong Kong crowd influence their style? What does it even mean to be a DJ? “A DJ is a curator, a collector and also an entertainer.” Find out how this eclectic group of sound shapers overcome their ‘cool’ demons and put on a “colourful, emotional rollercoaster” of a night at MIHN. Music to your ears? Continue the audio journey and stay connected by listening in to the MIHN playlist for JOYCE SOUNDS.
55:56
December 3, 2020
Live Connected: Shuting Qiu 裘淑婷 in conversation with Karchun Leung 梁家俊 [CHI]
Qiu launched her label in 2017 and was on the official schedule at New York and then Milan in 2018 and 2019 – all before the ink on her MA diploma was dry. The fast-rising star talks to veteran editor Karchun Leung about influences, inspirations and sheer hard work. For Hangzhou native Qiu, only one fashion education programme in the world would do. Antwerp’s Royal Academy of Fine Arts rose to prominence in the 80s when it produced a breakout class of designers who took the industry by storm. Among the legendary Antwerp Six, a young Qiu was especially dazzled by Dries Van Noten and Walter Van Beirendonck: when she arrived in Belgium, Van Beirendonck was on the faculty and waiting to teach her. The Academy’s famously intensive approach made it a sink-or-swim experience, she admits. But the aim is to mould disciplined creative mavericks – and Qiu’s output before and after graduation suggest it paid off. It’s early days, and Qiu is still finding her feet in business and experimenting with production models to make her vibrant modern romantic designs as sustainable as possible. But as she reveals to Leung, exploration is now her comfort zone. Following in the footsteps of her idols taught her to go her own way.
34:04
September 27, 2020
Live Connected: RÆBURN in conversation with David Hellqvist
Brothers in arms. Christopher Raeburn made his name reworking military surplus – and his label’s acclaimed innovation kicked up a gear when Graeme came aboard. The duo talk to David Hellqvist of Document Studios about joint forces, unique strengths, and craft-driven luxury. Closed-loop processes, agility, efficiency: the way the Raeburns describe production at their East London “lab” might sound more at home in an aerospace firm than a fashion atelier. From his early days at the Royal College of Art, Christopher’s RÆMADE aesthetic has been a feat of engineering. It takes vision to reimagine parachute nylon or raft canvas as outerwear – but problem-solving ingenuity to bring it from sketch to street. Drafting in Graeme’s skillset in 2018 just made sense. An RCA grad himself, Graeme started out in performance sportswear at Rapha. While Christopher keeps the creative reins, Graeme focuses on optimising production. They’re reprising childhood roles, they realise, and the balance is working well. RÆBURN is chasing the virtuous circle of a fully sustainable fashion future - without ever short-changing their creative vision or quality control. It’s an adventure that rewards a restless drive to learn and grow. Or, as Christopher puts it: “hard work but good work”.
40:09
September 25, 2020
Live Connected: Emily Bode in conversation with Julie Gilhart
Menswear label BODE is known for its slow craft and beguiling narratives from America’s past. Behind the artistry is a bigger story, of community. Founder Emily Bode tells Julie Gilhart about going it alone to build deeply personal collections – while always valuing the collective. Craft is in Bode’s blood: her ancestors were Ohio wagon-makers who built ornate circus carriages for the Ringling Brothers. Bode unravelled that story herself and made it the theme for her first runway show in Paris; human interest inspires all her designs. The antique, deadstock and repro textiles that bring them to life are sourced through a network of collectors and enthusiasts. For handcrafted detailing, BODE’s NYC studio partners with artisans from India to Peru. Growing her gender-inclusive label globally hasn’t lessened the draw of home. Bode is fascinated by the domestic space and the emotional power of everyday heirloom items we associate with family, comfort, love. Staying collaborative and curious even in a time of separation and seclusion – BODE reminds us we can be connected, apart.
43:22
September 18, 2020
Live Connected: Duran Lantink in conversation with Julie Gilhart
For this LVMH Prize finalist, adjusting to fame and acclaim is “still a process”. It’s his creative process that has brought the industry to his doorstep. The Dutch designer talks to veteran talent-spotter Julie Gilhart about creative responsibilities, and the exhilarating freedoms of his first collaboration with JOYCE. Lantink upcycled his first garment aged 11: his stepdad’s Diesel jeans became pleated schoolgirl skirts. “That was before Diesel started doing it!”, he swears with a laugh. During his MFA, improvising with the materials at hand became an artistic imperative. While he still struggles with the label “artist”, the world has no trouble applying it for him. His provocative designer mashups are most liberating when he works with mixed-brand inventory like JOYCE’s, he explains – no egos, no singular brand identity to preserve. Just fashion alchemy. Those collage collections aren’t an endpoint, but a beginning. Forging relationships is key to longer garment life-cycles that preserve great design for new generations. Lantink relishes connecting with customers and style-lovers of all stripes  - including SistaazHood, a Cape Town collective of trans sex workers whose salvage style chimes with his own. For the connected, the curious, the relentlessly creative, it’s clear Lantink believes fashion’s future can be bright. 
35:20
September 11, 2020
Live Curiously - Season 3 Trailer
In its first two seasons, the podcast has welcomed some of the world’s brightest creative talents and cultural commentators – in fashion, design, music and beyond.  Season 3 goes the extra mile to help the global JOYCE community LIVE CONNECTED. Episodes take the listener from Amsterdam to Antwerp; from New York back to Hong Kong – and to Beijing for our first podcast conversation in Mandarin. But while we roam, we turn our perspective inward. Today, rethinking consumer culture has become a global imperative. In search of answers, we delve deeper into the core values JOYCE is built on: CREATIVITY, CRAFT, and CARE.
01:43
September 10, 2020
Live Connected: Lawrence Cheng 鄭丹瑞 in conversation with Zaneta Cheng 鄭瑤 [CANTO]
Here’s to the professional drifters. HK media fixture Lawrence Cheng has come a long way over four decades in radio, TV, film and online – and he’s proud to say little of it was planned. He talks to daughter Zaneta, writer and stylist, about the blueprint for a fulfilling creative career. Turns out it may mean tossing the blueprint altogether. As a rookie radio DJ in the 80s, Cheng learned a lot on the graveyard shift – but the lesson that stuck came in a note from a disgruntled listener: “If you don’t like your job, please don’t do it.” Following his inspirations and playing to his strengths have helped Cheng hop between lily pads – from radio success with The Three Fairies and his breakout TV crossover The Yuppie Fantasia – to streaming a Sam Hui concert to a locked-down world on his YouTube channel. The key to longevity? Embracing new platforms and learning from the next generation of creators. One of those is Zaneta, whose journey from poli-sci student to editorial staff on the style and culture beat was partly inspired by her dad’s playful attitude to fashion. Join this happy-go-lucky duo as they discuss comfort vs. courage, and the importance of not allowing setbacks - or successes - dampen your hunger to keep growing.
54:53
September 4, 2020
Live Connected: CBD Truths with Jamie Pelayo of natureofthings, Casey Georgeson of Saint Jane, and Melany Dobson of Treaty
To uncover the true power of CBD, you need to go beyond the buzz(word). Katie Shapiro speaks to three female pioneers whose handcrafted brands are elevating cannabidiol-infused beauty above the hype. Jamie Pelayo of natureofthings, Casey Georgeson of Saint Jane, and Melany Dobson of Treaty recount the personal journeys that inspired their reverence for this potent and misunderstood botanical. They demystify the science behind its skin-healing, age-defying and “powerhouse” anti-inflammatory benefits. Like those benefits, the themes here aren’t just skin-deep. These brands have deep roots in the places in which they grow, and their founders find hope in the link between self-care and clean manufacturing practices which care for land and community. As Dobson puts it, “CBD is helping us, through healing us, to see a future that’s innovative and exciting and curious and connected”. Note: This virtual roundtable took place coast to coast (US) via video-conference.
44:38
August 12, 2020
Live Connected: Wong Chi Chung 黃志淙 in conversation with Peter Wong 黃源順 and Ching Siu-Wai 程少偉 [EN]
Back in the hometown groove: for our first Live Connected conversation in Cantonese, we dive deep into mud and musical inspiration with veteran Hong Kong DJ, critic and educator Wong Chi Chung. Just over fifty years ago, a ragtag new rock festival took place in Upstate New York and changed the face of music and counterculture forever. Wong reflects on Woodstock 1969: its legend and its seminal influence, in his own life and far beyond. He recalls his freewheeling days on the 90s festival circuit in the US and Europe – a time when he was often the only Asian journalist with all-areas access to the icons of rock. But as Wong explains, those early brushes with the likes of Bob Dylan and Nine Inch Nails didn’t leave him nostalgic  – they inspired him to connect. His passion for music is a framework for living curiously. What matters is seeing that spirit nurtured in new generations of fans and in the homegrown festival scene that is putting Hong Kong on the map. Join hosts Peter Wong and Ching Siu-Wai as they delve into Wong Chi Chung’s extraordinary life in music, and learn what it can teach us about genuine connectedness in the digital age. Turns out "it's not about the song or music necessarily, but the journey it inspires."
38:05
August 12, 2020
Live Connected: Wong Chi Chung 黃志淙 in conversation with Peter Wong 黃源順 and Ching Siu-Wai 程少偉 [CANTO]
Back in the hometown groove: for our first Live Connected conversation in Cantonese, we dive deep into mud and musical inspiration with veteran Hong Kong DJ, critic and educator Wong Chi Chung. Just over fifty years ago, a ragtag new rock festival took place in Upstate New York and changed the face of music and counterculture forever. Wong reflects on Woodstock 1969: its legend and its seminal influence, in his own life and far beyond. He recalls his freewheeling days on the 90s festival circuit in the US and Europe – a time when he was often the only Asian journalist with all-areas access to the icons of rock. But as Wong explains, those early brushes with the likes of Bob Dylan and Nine Inch Nails didn’t leave him nostalgic  – they inspired him to connect. His passion for music is a framework for living curiously. What matters is seeing that spirit nurtured in new generations of fans and in the homegrown festival scene that is putting Hong Kong on the map. Join hosts Peter Wong and Ching Siu-Wai as they delve into Wong Chi Chung’s extraordinary life in music, and learn what it can teach us about genuine connectedness in the digital age. Turns out "it's not about the song or music necessarily, but the journey it inspires."
41:19
May 28, 2020
Live Connected: Eugene Kan in conversation with Arthur Bray and Tedman Lee
Made in Hong Kong. Longtime friends and compatriots Arthur Bray (Editor and Creative Producer, DJ and founder of Yeti Out) and Tedman Lee (Multimedia Creative, DJ and Founder of The Private Label and Triple Happiness Club) host an episode that celebrates homegrown talent. Both Hong Kong born and bred, the pair sit down with friend Eugene Kan, (former Editorial Director at Hypebeast and Founder of Maekan) to talk about creating in the small but connected city we call home. “A good idea is only as good as it’s expressed.” But when language and cultural barriers throw up all manner of obstacles, how do you navigate the nuances of working in an Asian market? The answer is to think bigger. Think global. So what’s this common language that brings us together? It’s the appetite for something new. Curiosity. And of course finding the right platform to stay connected. Listen and learn from the experiences of leaders of a micro-generation of Hong Kongers who from the comfort of noisy cha chaan tengs paved the way for a new wave of entrepreneurial creatives.
59:29
May 19, 2020
Live Connected: Trevor Jackson in conversation with David Hellqvist
Multidisciplinary polymath Trevor Jackson talks to David Hellqvist of Document Studios about three decades of prolific creative output. This episode begins with Jackson trying to get over the awkward hurdle of defining his work. Audio, visual, physical – nothing is out of bounds for him. Although he may have no limits, he has his preferences. He hates self-promotion and loves the ability to clear a dancefloor. But one thing is for certain: he’s not a DJ. Not anymore anyway. So how has he managed to keep up a successful career in both a mainstream and avant-garde capacity? “It’s why you take part that matters,” that’s what gives creation longevity and integrity. It’s about being in control of something that connects with people.
49:46
April 24, 2020
Live Connected: Greg Lauren in conversation with Tiffany Godoy
Greg Lauren, actor, artist, and designer speaks openly to Tiffany Godoy. Carving out his own origin story, Greg outlines past experiences and influences that he chose to carry forward to define his present identity and body of work. From Princeton to Hollywood and beyond, nephew of the King of Americana Ralph Lauren talks about the art of creating an image, the power of the ‘hero’ and the allure of imperfection. How do you embrace strong family connection and a powerful legacy with today’s pressures of being individual? “People refuse to be one of a herd.” So what’s his answer?  “Unwavering confidence in an idea” and the power of hindsight.
39:26
April 8, 2020
Live Connected: Nina Ricci in conversation with Tiffany Godoy
Bright young things. This episode Tiffany Godoy is joined by Rushemy Botter and Lisi Herrebrugh, the two fresh faces at the helm of Nina Ricci. Starting right at the very beginning, the couple tell a story of how they came together in both their personal and professional lives: shared roots, shared values and shared vision that have been key to establishing their own Antwerp-based brand Botter. The designer duo talk of conceptual looks, grounded in practical construction. Dutch-Caribbean laid-back precision. How do they ‘keep the joy’ whilst turning attention to more serious matters? It’s about staying grounded whilst flying high. Naïve? Perhaps, but these two seem to have found the connection between seemingly opposing ideas – and it’s working out just fine.
31:23
March 27, 2020
Live Curiously: Colville in conversation with Peter Wong 黃源順 and Ching Siu-Wai 程少偉
(CN/EN) We got five on it. The three Colville designers are joined by two Hong Kong veteran fashion mavens for this bilingual episode of JOYCE's Live Curiously. Vogue HK's editor-in-chief Peter Wong and City Magazine's Creative Director and Publisher Ching Siu-Wai discuss style, whilst Wong talks to the Colville founding trio: Lucinda Chambers (ex fashion director of British Vogue), Molly Molloy and Kristin Forss (ex-Marni designers). Partnership, friendship, respect and learning on the job is a big part of the female led brand: "you don't come with a fully formed document, you come with passion, a need and a desire". Inclusive and collaborative, Colville are building a community for fashion that isn't trend led. Living Curiously by doing it their own way, not getting too comfortable and always asking questions.
29:07
December 2, 2019
Live Curiously: Joseph Altuzarra in conversation with Divia Harilela
New York based, Chinese/French designer Joseph Altuzarra talks with Hong Kong based fashion editor and consultant Divia Harilela about the power of clothing and how he aims to be a solution to women's complex, busy lives. Dressing women who are Living Curiously for longer whilst playing with sexuality and empowerment, Altuzarra delves into the new feminist dialogue in the era of MeToo. Selfie culture and social media has made it ever more important to own your niche, the designers says. He insists that in luxury today, there is always the space for fantasy, curiosity and seduction.
26:48
November 6, 2019
Live Curiously: JW Anderson in conversation with David Hellqvist
In this episode of Live Curiously, noted fashion writer and editor David Hellqvist speaks to the enigmatic JW Anderson about this upbringing in Ireland during "the troubles", and how his early obsession with Jean Paul Gaultier and leopard print sparked a lifelong love of style. Anderson talks about society's generational shift, globalisation, how fashion has to "eat itself" and the importance of making mistakes - linking notions of originality it to Titian and Rembrandt. Ultimately "you need the fantasy...and you have to find things that turn you on".
36:44
October 5, 2019
Live Curiously: Glenn Martens in conversation with Filep Motwary
Belgian-born industry favourite Y-Project's Glenn Martens talks to Filep Motwary about this unconventional entry into fashion via architecture. They discuss his emotional take over of a brand in mourning, after founder Johan Serfaty passed away. Martens' take on the brand was different, the team initially buckled but eventually came around to the fresh, new direction he bought to the label. Today he's heralded as a champion of Paris' new contemporary scene and discusses risk, team work, growth and critique under the fashion microscope. Now Y-Project is known for experimental constructions, eccentricity, playfulness and being always versatile. Martens reflects life's diversity into his collections and would rather be steady than chase hype.
33:14
September 10, 2019
Live Curiously: Marine Serre in conversation with Tiffany Godoy
Paris-based designer Marine Serre's "future wear" runway shows have become the hot ticket at fashion week. In this episode of the JOYCE podcast, Serre talks to fashion journalist an presenter Tiffany Godoy about her beginnings from a small village upbringing then rifling through secondhand shops and teen style expressions. Being a young athlete gave her a certain discipline she brings to fashion and winning the LVMH prize catapulted her distinctive 'hardcore' creative vision to fame. Refining her idea of "future wear", Serre sees all her shows as a continuous series and explains why she has bought upcycling firmly into the culture of her brand.
24:20
September 10, 2019
Live Curiously: Thom Browne in conversation with Filep Motwary
Curiosity creates the hunger to create," says iconic American fashion designer Thom Browne, one of the few so revered by both industry and academia. In our first JOYCE Live Curiously podcast episode, fashion editor and photographer Filep Motwary talks to Browne about the last 16 years: how a compelling singular proposition - a play on the classic grey suit - evolved to one of fashion's most interesting contemporary narratives. His obsessions, with uniforms and uniformity, take Alice in Wonderland-like turns on the runway. He reveals his love of order, both personally and professionally, and the belief that beautifully handmade tailoring is more fashionable than fashion itself.
24:39
September 10, 2019
Live Curiously - Season 1 Trailer
JOYCE Podcast : Live Curiously. Further connecting our worldwide network of like-minded design, fashion & culture fans, we will go head-to-head with the most inspiring talents in the business. The illuminating and intimate conversations series will reach beneath fashion's facade, exploring Creativity, Care and Craftsmanship both locally and globally. Coming soon. 
01:30
August 26, 2019