arts & science
ARTS & SCIENCE founder and creative director, Sonya Park, has crafted a world in which fashion is a foundation and essential component of her larger devotion to the art of daily life. To wear, to dwell, to eat, and to do so with discernment is at the heart of A&S.
Through her own originally-produced collection, Sonya offers her clients a surprisingly useful and human experience of luxury. An object of genuine quality takes its first breath in the skill of the maker and the character of its materials, but this is only the beginning of a long life of maturation. Over time it is invested with personal value and becomes something close to a collaborator in the daily life of an individual, and, in this way, it is further perfected by its age and its use. This understanding of quality leads Sonya to profess that fashion is a tool for living rather than a tool for vanity, and her philosophy is evident in all aspects of the A&S brand.
The original A&S clothing collection is derived from vintage work wear (usually designed for men) as well as ethnic clothing and textile traditions. These, Sonya believes, are the basis of all good fashion ideas. Comfort is crucial, as are materials that age well. Clothes are treated as tools to be really worn and used. In pursuit of such qualities, Sonya has cultivated close collaborations with Japanese artisans that are highly specialised in traditions of textile manufacture and tailoring.