Monday, May 24, 2010

Time Out with Hannah Byun

We love tights. We experience long and cold winters here in Rennes, and when you're rotating between four or five coats all winter long, tights are key to keeping your outfits interesting. Loud and statement tights are the key to snazzing up any fall/winter ensemble. That is why we're obsessed with Hannah's line Hansel from Basel, which focuses on only tights and hoisery. We took some time out of our day to chat with her about her unique L.A.-based brand, which has been wildly successful - most recently, her tights were featured on the cover of Teen Vogue's March issue.

1.How did you get your start in the industry..what was the big "kick-off" point for you? and any advice for aspiring designers?
well, i had a fun little launch party hosted by my friend who owns creatures of comfort. that's all it took. a good friend, a good store, and good socks. :)
2. As a company that does only socks and tights, do you think this gives you an advantage in the industry?..and we've gotta know, do you wear your own socks?
i do wear my own socks and yes, this gives me a definite advantage. a lot of doors have opened up for me bc i have such a niche skill set. for example, i do an exclusive line of legwear for other retailers which is fun and great!
3. If you had 200,000 dollars to spend at saks, what would you buy from the SS 2010 collection ?
wow. can i save that and buy a house instead?
4. What was your childhood like? did you design already, or did that start later in life?
i always grew up drawing and painting. i was an art student for much of my life. i knew i wanted to do design but coming from a liberal arts background, i wasnt sure how i was going to make clothes. i had an in with socks and it was the perfect fit.

5. Whats the inspiration behind the name Hansel from Basel?
it's kind of an alter ego. it sums up a bunch of my interests: german things, switzerland, and cute little elves wearing lederhosen.