I slept in my old bedroom at home for the first time in around ten years (I'm normally propped up on the living room couch so that I can watch DVDs until crusts form on my eyelids) and in my "secret" cubby hole in the wall, I found a box of letters from my teen years when me and my friends bullied each other into this pedantic routine of writing to each other. Losing touch with one another? Bury the thought! With the help of Sanrio stationery, glitter pens and sitkcers, we will be FRIENDS4EVA. It turned into such a competitive bout of letter decoration, so much so that there are numerous paragraphs in these letters, which ramble on and on about having nothing to write about. I got to squirm and wriggle whilst re-reading a letter that I wrote to a primary school friend, which I forgot to send (so busy was I doodling inane things like "TOP SECRET" and "Warning! This is genuine Roman papyrus" on the evidently non-papryus letter) – an early example of referring to myself with my nick name Susie Bubble. CRINGE…
These letters have gone hand in hand with a surprise package from Seoul. I was mega impressed with the Korean label Low Classic's S/S 13 collection, inspired by Beethoven's mysterious love letters. The Low Classic peeps were kind enough to send me a few things so I could cop a feel for some of the key pieces from this refreshing, sprightly and curiously design-led collection (given the high-street price range that Low Classic currently occupies). The collection is even more linked with the physical apparatus of letter writing than I thought. The pleated aertex cotton on an open-side shirt are much like the intricate folds that some of my friends/relatives from Hong Kong would practise when sending me penpal mail. A cropped sweater contrasts different shades of white like sheets of paper and has been cleverly embossed with a "From Seoul" postmark. A crisp navy linen jacket with cut-out slits and straight patch pockets resembles an old fashioned postman's uniform or at least what I imagine Postman Pat would wear if he were to get a makeover. The more overt references to letter writing are of course littered in the colourful postmark print on a double breasted blazer or the mini leather envelope which snaps on to a matching leather clutch. The words of Beethoven's letter are cut out of a leather shift dress, although the words become more like a graphic pattern more than anything significant in the literary sense. I know many people have asked how can one get hold of Low Classic outside of Korea and I still don't have a concrete answer yet, other than I'm being reassured that an international shipping e-commerce site is definitely on its way in 2013. Let's hope that idea doesn't get buried in a cubby hole like one of my daft unsent letters.
All clothing Low Classic – worn with 3.1 Phillip Lim Nancy oxford flats
All clothing Low Classic except for Uniqlo heat tech poloneck, Celine sheer trousers and A. Sauvage Kente Dr Martens