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Since the launch, Meng has built a strong reputation for a fashion and lifestyle label tailored to modern luxury living.

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Since the launch, Meng has built a strong reputation for a fashion and lifestyle label tailored to modern luxury living.

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Meng: Plug-in Creativity and a Platform to Experiment

Meng: Plug-in Creativity and a Platform to Experiment

LONDON, United Kingdom — The eponymous founder of London-based design studio Meng has built her luxury silk brand by nurturing creativity and finding innovative new ways to apply it. Drawing on her own diverse experience, which includes working at both Chanel and Inditex, and the shared creative skills and training of her team, Meng has created thousands of exquisite prints ranging from refined chinoiserie to graphic abstracts, each one capable of being expressed in myriad iterations thanks to ingenuity of digital printing and its near limitless potential.

Stocked in Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Selfridges and Kadewe, among many others, Meng has driven its growth through both creative and commercial experimentation. The small, focused team is encouraged to collaborate with each other and outside experts, expanding their skills and adding to the creative know-how of the business which fuses a mixture of ancient handcrafts and cutting-edge technology. As it has grown, Meng has expanded its product range to include womenswear, menswear, homeware accessories and most recently decorative arts. The studios illustrations and print work will soon be exclusively available as two metre by eight metre wall hangings, wall papers and room dividers at Harrods — another indication of Meng and her team’s rigorous and exquisite attention to detail.

BoF sits down with founder and chief executive Meng, to hear how she created a plug-in platform for creativity and what the future holds.

How would you define the DNA of Meng?

As a business we try to ignore any preconceived limitations on what we could do, and instead try our hand at any opportunity that excites us. To date, as we have built the business and the team, we have always placed artistic values at the forefront of our process and made a conscious struggle to uphold them.

With an open, curious and flexible mindset we’re quick to take on new ventures such as the wallpaper range that we will launch in Harrods in July, following the suggestion made by their buyer just a few months ago. We are also currently exploring pop-up concepts across Home, Women’s and Menswear, which will give us a creative stage to play out our story to customers. From July we will be partnering with Harvey Nichols Marketplace, in which we can manage our product offering on their site from the backend and ship directly to their customer. We are also in talks with luxury hotel chains to work on exciting collaborations for both womenswear and interiors. Again this will be a new area for us, but our creative strengths and expertise remain the same, it just their application that changes.

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