Nick Yin wants to push the boundaries of traditional streetwear further. The Chinese designer started his menswear label Kaikorero in 2019 in Shanghai; the name Kaikorero originates from a Maori word meaning ‘Narrator’, the one who tells the story.
Yin understands Kaikorero’s as an essence of combining the use of industrial materials with classic fabrics and all of their traditional and natural aspects. Somewhere between anti-conformism and classicism, the label focuses on applying intricate conception details to essential, everyday-wear pieces, in order to create a look that’s meat to be both comfortable and fashionable.
In his recent ‘KKRO 1.0’ collection Yin uses silicone, which he describes as sustainable, synthetic, translucent, and flexible. Overall, the silicone provides a unique contrast in texture. Applications such as sewed on, buttoned up, and buckled on are widely used.
One of the key design features is the detachable system between varies pieces of clothes and accessories. For instance, the main piece bomber jacket is designed to assemble accessories in different positions. One can play with the positioning of the accessories as well as multiply the accessories applied. The silicone straps can be assembled on the built-in D rings. Singular application or multiple applications are all possible. The straps transform into suspenders, lanyards or jacket carriers.
Accessories like buttons and buckles are all rubberized coated. This matches with the silicone and create a “toy like” texture.
The collection further includes zippered back pocket nylon jackets, matching nylon track pants, silicone pocket crewnecks ad T-shirts, sweaters with silicone stripes, PVC brimmed nylon bucket hat and multipurpose nylon cross body bags.
Retail prices range between $55 (€46) for T-shirts, $125 for nylon track pants and $290 for nylon bomber jackets.