basic. owner lacey woodroof and designer szeki chan at szeki's studio

designer spotlight - 7115 by szeki

based in new york city. currently in copenhagen. made in a 7115-owned factory in guangzhou city, china.

ABOUT THE BRAND:

7115 by szeki was founded in 2008 in new york city by szeki chan two years after she graduated from the parsons school of design. her designs focus on simple silhouettes that feature thoughtfully considered detailing. 

szeki's brand is 100% made to order (for her stockists + her own shops). she offers a timeless signature collection coupled with additional seasonal selections, and there's always an interesting science behind the textiles she's chosen or developed. 7115's philosophy revolves around investing in less and spending more time with what you have.

every 7115 piece is designed in new york (and now copenhagen!) and expertly crafted in small batches by their in-house production studio in guangzhou city, china. because szeki owns 100% of her production outright, she controls every step of the garment-making process from the first cut. her production studio is a well-appointed space, and her mom (so awesome!) is her production manager.

7115 production studio

szeki's sustainability approach encompasses crafting well-made clothes that rarely need replacing, limiting excess waste, and sourcing fibers that are both environmentally and animal friendly. she's currently repurposing fabric scraps into reusable masks, and she's always looking for ways to improve her footprint.

szeki splits time between the lower east side + copenhagen with her husband, their son, and my favorite shop dog, kuna. 

the owner of 7115 szeki chan and her dog kuna in her apartment

WHY WE LIKE IT:

7115 was one of the first brands i found when i began researching ethical fashion. because of my own aesthetic, i was drawn to the multi-functionality of the brand’s designs. one day, i happened to stumble upon my personal unicorn: a bag dress that is also flattering and still feels like i’m wearing a super soft bedsheet, and i was floored. that was the day that one of my most valued professional relationships was born.

szeki is a meticulous person in general, and she’s obsessively thorough in her design process. she painstakingly explores functionality, versatility, and approachability, and she does so while also refusing to abandon the beauty and style of the garment. she’s a magician of draping, and her sumo coats are a dream.

7115 by szeki production

szeki is spunky and full of life, and she's intelligent as hell. because of having lived in such uniquely different cultures, her point of view is enlightened and developed. i absolutely love discussing politics with her because she's just so sensible in logical. in fact, szeki for president!

as i’ve gotten to know her, she’s become someone for whom i have an immense amount of respect. in a part of the world where flexibility for the working mother is hard to come by, szeki prioritizes and accommodates the families of her seamstresses. her production facility is a daylight-filled space, and her team shares a home-cooked lunch together in their fully outfitted kitchen everyday. after lunch, the whole group has naptime. all of her employees, whether in new york or in china, seem to feel a sense of ownership and pride in the company. to create beautiful things is impressive. to create a beautiful environment is remarkable. 

**NOTE:

i wrote this blog a while back, and i wanted to add a few things. since the covid-19 healthcare crisis began turning the world upside down, szeki has validated time and again the reasons that we work with her. not only did she close down her entire production studio and all three storefronts before it was mandated, but she's still been paying her employees, making sure her stockists are financially solvent, and converting in-home production to crafting reusable masks. her friendship is truly an honor.

owner of basic. lacey woodroof talking with 7115 owner and designer szeki chan.

 to shop 7115 styles, click here. follow them on instagram @7115nyc.


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