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Chinese designer makes waves in Australia with bold menswear collection

Have you always been creative? "I grew up in Jieyang, Guangdong province, so I am a native of Teochew. I started designing clothes for mum [a dressmaker] and myself when I was around age 13. Mum helped me make those garments. I remember once I designed a style for her and it sold out in a week."

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A look from Chris Ran Lin's fall/winter 2018 collection.

"In 2013, I started my label and in 2016/17 my brand was nominated for the International Woolmark Prize Australia and New Zealand for menswear. This year, it was a finalist for the National Designer Award during VAMFF [Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival]."

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How has Melbourne influenced your designs? "Melbourne is my favourite city in Australia. Culture, architec­ture and art inspire my designs, so I am lucky to live in a city that's filled with those things. This is a gift from Melbourne."

Your menswear is all about textures, tailoring and bold knits. Why is that? "I didn't study knitwear at university. I am self-taught in knitwear, therefore I don't have any limit to what I can and can't do. I test out ideas and make mistakes, but what comes out is very me."

Knitwear and tailoring combine for fall/winter 2018.

This article originally appeared on the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Copyright (c) 2018. South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.

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