30+ years ago, 鄭惠中 (Cheng Hui-chung) started making clothing primarily for monks in a studio tucked away in a quiet neighborhood outside of Taipei city in Taiwan. Today he still makes this special clothing in his studio, where there are wooden doors that lead to a tranquil courtyard. Inspired by the natural processing techniques of Taiwanese aboriginals, 鄭惠中 takes cues from clothing details that mark the stages of Taiwan history. “Colors express one’s mood”, says 鄭惠中, who provides an array of bright and muted colors that are all garment-dyed by hand using plant enzymes. Each piece is either linen or cotton and is intentionally not branded--a testament to his purist point of view.
The Wax Apple celebrates the beautiful craftmenship of 鄭惠中 with a small and carefully curated selection. Each piece is made in Taiwan, finished beautifully with double layered and/or hidden seam details.