CYNTHIA & XIAO

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  • Region Asia
  • Country Hong Kong
  • Participation 2018/19

Launched in 2014, the Chinese fashion designer duo, Cynthia Mak and Xiao Xiao, work together to bring out a collection that blends together Cynthia’s background in graphic and fashion design, as well as Xiao’s expertise in knitwear design. The garments combine a striking and bold character with mini-malistic and easy shapes.

 

Born in Hong Kong with an international upbringing, Cynthia was first exposed to arts through her studies in graphics design. Later, she decided to attend the Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design to pursue her interests in design. There, she was immersed in a sea of young, talented fashion students whose passion and skills ultimately inspired her to begin her new journey in fashion. After working in Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Preen by Thornton, and Roksanda Illincic, she returned to her hometown and worked at various large scale luxury fashion retailers. However, her ambition remains in the line of fashion design and consequently established Cynthia & Xiao together with knitwear specialist Xiao Xiao in 2014.

Xiao Xiao was born in Beijing and moved to UK in 2002. During her earlier studies in fine arts and textiles in high school, she discovered her interest and talents in merging artwork with fashion. To acquire a deeper understanding of the Chinese fashion market and to prepare herself for the launch of her own label in the future, she worked with local Chinese design company WO square. During her time there, she gained real life experience of the design process from scratch to final production and built up a strong profile of work. After years of preparation, Xiao Xiao joined forces with Cynthia. As a knit-wear specialist, Xiao Xiao was excited to bring her fashion and knitwear skills to Cynthia & Xiao.