We were not surprised to see this collaboration at Magic during a sneak preview with David from Kangol. For those who's been around Rickey will see him wearing one of his many hats; similarly Rickey has pioneered many of our cultures most important sites. Starting with Evil Monito in 2001 and most recently Riottt. Here's a little something from Rickey on this project.
Text by Rickey Kim
My Father was a Proud Man.
He arrived in the United States in the late 1970s with the dream to live a better life. His childhood was marred by the Korean War which left him with a fierce desire to not only survive, but succeed.
I was born in East Los Angeles in 1980. Father was a hard working immigrant, doing everything he could to put "rice" on the table. He never talked about the war. Occasionally I would catch glimpses of his unresolved angst, lapses of a cold and expressionless demeanor.
As a child, I grew to fear him. As an adolescent, I grew to despise him. As an adult, I no longer knew who he was. Yet it's funny how time enables you, and sometimes forces you to think. Your conscience reminds you to rid yourself of regret and seek amendment to move on.
This particular project with Kangol allowed me a platform where I could be both creative and honest with my emotions. The various symbols: Nessie, Heritage, Evil Monito, and Mr. Kim Says; portray the various stages of my creative journey. The photo montage fabric lining within the hat are taken from archival images from my family album. The woven crest is my last name "Kim" written in Korean calligraphy.
I'm not too sure if my father will understand the overall significance of this project, nor the hidden messages I've injected throughout the fine details. Overall, I think just seeing him wear the hat will cause enough closure for me.
DETAILS OF THE PROJECT
1) A Classic Cabby model which we revisited utilizing British Millerain Wax Cotton, the classic royal hunting fabric that has been used over ages in Great Britain. This fabric was chosen as an homage to Kangol's traditional British roots.
2) A Felt Fedora model which did not exist in the Kangol hat range. For this hat, we created this from the ground up assigning a classic hat manufacturer in Pennsylvania. This silhouette is classic in every shape and form. The hat is made of water resistant felt and is crushable (meaning you may touch the hat in different shapes and it will still retain its form).
Details: Each hat is lined with satin lining that was custom created from a graphic layout of photo montages of Evil Monito founder - Rickey Kim's family images. The images were sublimated onto the satin fabric. In the center of the hat is a classic crest that Mr. Kim designed along with his last name "Kim" written in Korean calligraphy. This is the first time in Kangol's 70 year history, that it has embraced such a personal story of the Korean American journey. This particular project with Mr. Kim/Evil Monito follows an already impressive lineup of such collaborative work that Kangol has conducted this year thus far: Junya Watanabe/Comme Des Garcons, WESC We Are The Superlative Conspiracy and Hiroshi Fujiwara/fragment design.