Mar 31, 2009


While browsing on Internet I’ve discovered ThirtyFour, a Malaysian brand that produces very beautiful designes leather bags and accessories in small series.
I’ve interviewed the 32 years old designer ShuennKee Chong, in order to come to know something else about her creations. She was born and grown up in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and she has studied Metalsmithing at the Parsons School Of Design, in New York.

- What does ThirtyFour creates?
- ThirtyFour is an interdisciplinary design practice and lifestyle initiative. To date ThirtyFour has been occupied with explorations in skin, culminating in three collections of leather accessories that trace life’s various postures (accessories, bags, sandals).

- Which are the materials?
- At the moment : leather, fabric, metals.

- Which is ThirtyFour creations style? How do you describe the collections?
- Collection 03. As with their past collections, ThirtyFour’s current showing has skin and fold as material and process. By manipulating a simple crease, the collection toys with forms both organic and structured. This season’s exploration in skin sees vegetable tan calfskin, embossed leather, mock croc and pony hair as examples of different perspectives on texture and form. The pairing of unique materials and clean ,strong shapes evoke a relaxed and understated seduction in our designs.

- Howdoes ThirtyFour creationscome into existence? Which are the inspirations?
- ThirtyFour came to existence from passion in design. Inspirations comes form everyday routine, people we meet, new needs, the color of surroundings...

- Are ThirtyFour creations on sale? How?
- Yes. Retailing in specialty stores in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, New York and Berlin. And on the internet via We sell our creations since 2 years.

- Does ThirtyFour work also on contract?
- Yes.

To contact ThirtyFour:

If you want to purchase ThirtyFour creations in Europe, you can contact Diwa Tharan in Berlin:

6 comment:

Łucja on April 1, 2009 at 5:18 PM said...

O wooow, this kind of jewelerry is amazing. It reminds me of Fossil's watches :)
PS. You have got just great ideas for interviews. It is inspiring me to work :)

Montse on April 2, 2009 at 6:11 PM said...

Wow, I love leather accesories.. they look nice !

Penny on April 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM said...

yes, they look very nice. In the next contest about interviews i'll add also ThirtyFour with the next interviews. Maegan on April 3, 2009 at 1:31 AM said...

oh that bag is fab. on April 10, 2009 at 4:46 AM said...

Thank you penny for your interview! and thank you everyone for your kind words!

thirtyfour would like to offer Style Notes readers a little gift as a thank you, lets work something out soon Penny :)

Jen said...

i saw it somewhere long time ago, it seem like a copycat , or same designer?


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