By  on June 25, 2009

Immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Sydney University in 2003, Chinese-Australian Kelvin Ho—who speaks neither Cantonese nor Mandarin—found himself in China overseeing the construction of a major airport. Two years later, back in his native Sydney, an introduction to influential Australian fashion retailer Belinda Seper changed Ho’s destiny and he commenced work on something a little more compact: a fashion boutique. Ho was already hooked in with Sydney’s hipster elite—in 2001, the 6-foot, 6-inch surfer and skateboarder modeled in Tsubi’s (now Ksubi) nowlegendary debut Australian Fashion Week show, alongside 169 live rats. Seper has a reputation for unearthing new creative talent, and she commissioned Ho to design the second Sydney location of her hip Corner Shop concept within the heritage-listed Strand Arcade. “I wanted the next generation,” says Seper. Of Ho’s work, she notes: “It’s fresh and it’s modern and it’s original.

 

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