Sankuanz fall/winter 2016 menswear collection, presented at Le Laboratoire in Paris during men’s fashion week. Bold & provocative, SANKUANZ is a radical mix of contemporary art with vintage sportswear and voluminous uniforms. A reinterpretation in menswear with a rebellious voice, challenging social


The main inspiration of SANKUANZ AW16 collection is the first ever Asian Games held in Beijing in 1990. From this moment, sports began having a significant political role in China. Funded by the government and employed as a means of showcasing its power and the superiority of communism. Zhe as a teenager in the 90’s witnessed this monumental event and was greatly influenced by it. Sports acted as a shortcut for common teenagers to overcome poverty and to gain fame. Due to the lack of materials during this period, the idea of wearing oversized sporty uniforms widely spread. Having the latest imported sportswear and personalized items was a major trend among the teenagers. With the energy of sportswear in mind, as well as the 1990 Asian Summer Games held in Beijing, Zhe reworks hoodies and track pants to a striking effect, either printed or monochromatic, featuring a reworked SANKUANZ logo. An exclusive flag print references national pride, stripped of its clear symbols to become an abstract form. Tailoring remains sleek and directional, from stripy wool jackets with exaggerated lapels to matching pants resembling pajamas. Military-inspired shapes are paired with easy sportswear, underlining the spontaneous and enduring style of his clothes.