joy mao is a slow fashion studio creating small batches of thoughtfully-made clothing, accessories, and artwork. The brand centers people, process, and pleasure—in pursuit of a more sustainable and joyful way of being.
Joy Mao is a Chinese American artist and fashion designer based in Brooklyn, using clothing as a medium for illuminating the bonds between self and society. How do our clothes shape the way we understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the ways we move through our worlds? How can clothing support and sustain life, rather than exploit it?
Her work recognizes and celebrates human effort—the kind of labor that people engage in, both individually and in community with others, to create things with care. This kind of effort comes from a deep place of love, though it is often overlooked and undervalued. Joy designs and constructs intimate spaces—starting with our clothes—to support those who work to build a more just and beautiful world.
Joy holds a BA Fundamentals from the University of Chicago and an AAS Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. Most recently, she was the artist in residence at The W.O.W. Project in Manhattan Chinatown.