Our friends at Project Artisan invited us out last week to an evening at the Roosevelt for a special viewing of some of their select designers. I was introduced to Steven Oo, a young-gun knitwear designer and immediately loved his work and his story. Here’s what’s up…

Tell us, what do you do?
I make out of this world, one of a kind knitwear.

Where are you based?
I’m in LA now but moving to Philly very soon, but the internet will always be my home base.

What’s the creative process like?
For me, each garment comes differently. Some from sketching but for the most part, knitted fabrics do whatever they want so I just go with the flow and usually end up with shapes that you could not have imagined through sketching. I usually draw inspiration from architecture and love using different textures.

How long does it take you to make one piece?
Ranges… it could be anywhere from 40 hours to 120 hours. It could take as long as you want… fashion is never finished.

How does a typical day unfold for you?
I have a day job designing for a big company, so I usually work on my line at my leisure; after work and on weekends. It’s quite relaxing and rewarding at the same time.

How did you get started?
I’ve always been doing my own thing even when I was in school. I love multitasking and learning new things all the time so I worked corporate at BCBG and quit because I was extremely unhappy with the design process and now I’m going to Anthropologie to do their sweaters, but I will never stop doing my own pieces.

What accomplishment are you most excited about?
Having shown at NY fashion week at the last Bryant Park show. Having the opportunity to do a workshop with Sandra Backlund, she’s amazing. Having a Bachelors degree from Berkeley in Political Economy then getting my Masters in Fashion and Knitwear Design in 2 1/2 years. I’m happy with the pace my life is going at. I hope the momentum even builds up more from this point on.

What are the big plans this year?
Doing amazing sweaters for Anthropologie, travel the world for inspiration and maintain a small line to sell on Project Artisan.

What are the top 5 things that inspire you?
Architecture, Nature, Creatures, Shapes and Life itself

Who has been an influence to you?
Definitely Sandra in her unique way of thinking using knits for design, but I am who I am today because my mother raised me to be hardworking and not waste a minute of my life.


photo credits: Nicole Mitchell

-Maggie Davis

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