House of Spy
It's an edgy sophistication that fuses all that is mod with all that is modern. House of Spy has an aesthetic that makes me weak in the knees. I absolutely love this Toronto based label that pushes the limits while remaining feminine and flirty.
Wendy Wong, the mastermind behind this label, is creative, fun, and definitely a lot of fun to talk to. "I love designing because I've always wanted to have clothes that stand out from the typical mall store selection," Wendy said. "It lets me combine my love for vintage design with more modern fabrics, and the fact that other people like it too is great!"
NS: How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
WW: I started out studying biology in university. I'm Chinese. You are groomed for the sciences. There is no question about going into anything artsy. I found a job as a receptionist at the International Academy of Design and started taking free classes and realized, I like this so much more than biology.
NS: How did you come up with the name "House of Spy"?
WW: I originally wanted to call my line Spy Clothing but then realized too many companies started with "Spy". I still wanted to keep "Spy" but I thought it would be funny, as a young, punky kid making underground streetwear to call my line House of Spy. It sounded like one of the couture lines, like House of Dior, but I was so far from that!
NS: How would you describe your Fall/Winter collection?
WW: House of Spy's Fall/Winter 2006 collection takes you on a kaleidoscope of Juxtaposition. It infuses relaxed yet sweetly playful aesthetic with a nod to menswear and vintage influences.
NS: What are the key materials in this collection?
WW: I've taken delicate floral chiffons and nature motif jerseys and cozied them up with geometric patterns. Sharply tailored jackets with cummerbund pleating and cuffed trousers appear in menswear plaids and checks, but are tempered by nipped in waists.
NS: What makes House of Spy distinct and unique?
WW: The signature rich detailing and charmingly feminine look.
NS: What are your goals with this line?
WW: To continue expanding distribution within North America and the upcoming distribution in both the UK and Japan.
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