The precious hand-made designs of T H U C, stitching quirky into every piece.
Words by Quyên Hoàng ● Images courtesy of T H U C
T H U C’s design is unique in its richness of fabrics – each piece of clothing gives off eye-popping volumes of colours, textures and patterns with catching silhouettes to follow. The selection on her rack is ever-morphing and flamboyant: thick fibre molds a sculptural grid top; petite flowers blossom on a scaly net flow wrap; blue fishes embroidered on vermillion shorts; dogs wearing socks running wild on a turquoise shirt; a sensuous lace sequin bra; whimsical buttons and found-objects stitched on a messy shirt, and so it continues. The fabrics and materials are hand-picked by Bảo Thục from markets across Saigon, with each design produced as a limited batch of less than 20, adding even more to the warm and romantic feeling of her handmade works. With such vibrancy and originality, her designs definitely stand apart from the black and white crowd that fetishishes minimalism and uniformity churned out in mass production.
With their vibrancy and originality, T H U C’s designs definitely stand apart from the black and white crowd that fetishishes minimalism and uniformity churned out in mass production.
The heart and brain behind T H U C, Bảo Thục was born in 1989 and graduated from the Van Lang Private University with a degree in Fashion Design in 2010, carrying within her a love for fashion and a desire to open a shop of her own since she was a child. T H U C started out as an online shop on Facebook, with its logo and identity designed by the Thục herself, who also took on the role of delivery woman for the online orders of her customers. After a year of operation, Thục managed to open a small workshop where customers can shop and where she can work on developing her designs, as well as collaborating with Mayhem Saigon, a vintage shop on the rise, to feature her designs on the racks.
Speaking on her creative process, Thục professes she never draws any sketch prior to making a design – from the stocks of fabrics that she collects, she envision the piece and gets straight to the making. “Whatever money I make from selling clothes, I always go straight to markets and search for new fabrics. It’s my obsession.”