Chores ᐧ 26 Seasides


My waigong would always stand back and watch
as me and waipo hunted for treasure.
Then sunset would fall, bringing twin swells, of
pride aglow, as he’d gaze towards the land his
children left behind from the edge of this
new one he’d only dreamed he could visit;
then sudden worry — recalling how fast
turn cold. He would hurry over, shouting
for me to 衣裳快点穿起来 !

Poem by Shaina Yang


The soft, muted, worn-in denim of 26 Seasides is balanced with the restrained scatters of embroidery that look beautifully at home on the coat — as if they were always there. On the inside, a bold indigo dye pattern adorns the back lining, echoing the title that swims amongst the lines and shapes on the fabric; a perfectly paired striped fabric lines the inside of the front.

Garment measures 41" cross chest (side seam to side seam), 25" body length (high point shoulder to hem). Made from a vintage 100% cotton chore coat, cotton embroidery floss, glass beads, and lining reconstructed from antique indigo-dyed cotton fabric scraps. Please dry clean or hand wash cold with mild detergent and line dry, warm iron on reverse with a little steam.


Chores  ᐧ  Collection 2  ᐧ  Season 1 (2023, No. 19-28)

Made in collaboration with architect and poet Shaina Yang
and patternmaker Lorraine Lum

This season contains ten embroidered vintage chore coats with reconstructed linings, patchworked from antique indigo-dyed fabric scraps.

Each coat was embroidered in tandem with a corresponding poem written from a memory of the seaside — the seaside providing a consistent backdrop across shifting eras and emotions. Together, they recollect the ways in which our surroundings can witness, support, or even force changes happening on the inside.

Collection photography by Echo Yun Chen
Modeling by Terumi Murao


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