After dropping out of Central Saint Martins, Yang Li interned for Raf Simons, and by the tender age of 23 had already caught the eye of Michèle Montagne, the in-demand French publicist and stylist who helped shape the careers of Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann. Li’s clothes are made in Italy, and finished with absolute precision – except when they aren’t. He loves an element of spontaneity, like slashing the two front pockets of a slim-cut classic bouclé jacket. ‘Art is not all clean lines, but has a human touch’, he said, ‘same as fashion.’

Here the Q&A to discover something more about YANG LI, and the peculiar vision of the designer behind the brand.
The triptych of films here shown have been directed by Sanna Helena Berger for Yang Li SS14.


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What was your first fashion memory, and how fashion entered your life?

Brutal romance of human nature.


Where do you catch your inspiration from? And in particular what’s the main inspiration behind this Spring/Summer 2014 collection?

An intimate dedication for the women surrounding Yang Li’s world. All of whom are responsible for inspiring his work and life. In a seductive expression of modernity, attitudes of street and skate culture break couture atmospheres. The precious is questioned, then exalted.


Do you have any muse, a kind of woman/man you take inspiration from and whom you design for?

Somebody with a story and a dream.


How much your life and mainly your work is influenced by our by now 2.0 reality?

I think the use of the internet is unavoiable.

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