New York City-based knitwear label PH5 gets a big stamp of approval from us. Founder Wei Lin and Creative Director Mijia Zhang (right) let us in on how art and science have influenced their latest collections.
What’s the creative synergy of being a duo?
PH5 is a story of art meets science, and the numerous potential that emerges when an artistic designer has direct access to high-tech knitwear machines. While Mijia comes from a design perspective, Wei ensures the designs are well executed and positioned correctly.
What's the science behind PH5? What were some of the technologies developed to create your pieces?
There’s lot of research, development, testing, coding and debugging. That’s why our garments are technically sophisticated. For our coming Fall/Winter 2017 collection, we’ve loosely needle-punched seven different colours of mohair onto wool-alpaca blended sweaters, a previously unexplored technique. A product highlight from the collection includes our reversible double-knitted sweaters, which use a Japanese metallic yarn on one side and angora cashmere blend on the other.