Spotlight: Priory of Ten

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
If you're from Vancouver then I hope you've been to The Board of Trade Co. in Chinatown. If not, then let me tell you, you're missing out.

The Board of Trade Co.'s Eunice Quan and David Li partnered with their friend, Mei Liu, to create Priory of Ten, their fashion line.

Mei grew up in Edmonton and started her post-secondary career at the University of Toronto. However, she changed paths and decided fashion was her calling. So, she went to the Parson's School of Design in NYC to study fashion design. Upon graduating, Mei landed a job with 3.1 Phillip Lim line as an Assistant Designer. She worked on the line for 2 years before her, Eunice, and David started Priory of Ten.

A Canadian line, but based out of NYC, Priory of Ten takes their namesake verbatim: a collective if individuals bound by societal and cultural practices who find self expression through exploration in their unique style of dress.
Kren Dress
Kin Blouse, Chann Sweatshirt
The inspiration for the F/W'12 collection stems from their name; says Mei, "[the] collection surrounds the idea of contrasting the rigidity of uniform with the fluidity of femininity and sensuality. It is a reflection of the brand's identity, and explores the meaning of Priory of Ten. We have rigid elements of military, clerical, and secretarial uniform twisted by sensuality through high slit skirts, sheer and sensual fabrics, and unconventional silhouettes."
Legion Pant, Wye Tunic
Kin Blouse, Mau Skirt
Keefer Dress
Kin Blouse, Wythe Shorts
Having seen the line in person, I can certain attest to Mei's description. It's very interesting to see the juxtaposition of the traditional elements and the sensuality of the fabrics and structure. Priory of Ten uses amazingly luxurious fabrics that feel like a dream against your skin.

There is not one piece in the debut collection that I'm not in love with. When I was in NYC and hanging out with Eunice and Mei, they were both reppin' their brand 24/7, and I've never seen people get complimented so often on their clothes. In fact, our friend from Complex Magazine was crazy about the Flakk Jacket. So who knows, maybe Mei will need to make her (and the line's) foray into menswear soon.
Flakk Jacket, Kin Blouse, Legion Pant
Complex Magazine rocking the Flakk Jacket - photo also seen here

Priory of Ten will be available at The Board of Trade Co. in Vancouver, and at select boutiques in New York City. For a complete list, please contact Priory of Ten. See the entire look book on their website.

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