DESIGNER TALK: TZULI HSU

Tzuli Hsu | Heaven Has Heels

How did you become involved in fashion design? I decided I wanted to study fashion design when I was in high school, but it wasn't until my junior year in Parsons that I was absolutely sure I wanted to work as a fashion designer. During my education I found out my interest and strength in fashion, and throughout the working experiences in other designer brands finally I decided to launch my own label.

What materials do you most like to work with? Yarns. Wool, cashmere, mohair, yak, silk, cotton, with different thickness and characteristics. The diversity and possibilities of yarns are countless, and that's why I love knitting so much and why I develop knitwear collections.

How does your geographical location influence your aesthetic? Having lived in New York, London and Taipei—and been traveling to different countries—I embrace diverse cultures and experiences, which shape my visual sensibility on fashion. With eastern and western backgrounds, I have more room to further develop my collections.

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? Launching my brand. The prior research, sourcing, communication with factories, marketing, press, production. All of these took unimaginable time and effort, and I think it was a much greater achievement than me exhibiting in Saks Fifth Avenue or featuring in Vogue U.K. as an independent designer.

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? My inspirations for new collections. I like to use my personal experiences and narratives as my inspirations, but conceptual ones. So sometimes people might not be able to understand how I translate them into my collections. But I don't mind that; I like different people viewing my collections and have their own interpretations and points of view.

For more, head to TzuliHsu.com.