Rather than hiding the body with a thick woolen layer, Khanh’s knitwear designs embrace the shape of it and look more like a second skin once put on. He has always celebrated the traits that make each individual unique, going back to when he was a kid, dreaming about becoming a comic book artist. In fact, the first post-secondary course he took was animation. He tried it and quickly realised it wasn’t for him. “I didn’t like working in front of computers that much. To me, it lacked the element of actual craft and, most of all, I missed human contact and connection,” Nguyyen shares.
The foundation year he then pursued in Paris helped him rechannel his creative will into the most multi-faceted medium he could find: fashion design. Asked about what sparked his interest in knitwear over any other pathway, Khanh credits his experience interning at Dior. “To see how they worked from scratch, starting from the yarn to knit custom textiles in the exact colourways they wished, is what really sparked my interest in it,” he says, “and, even though I wasn’t involved in the knitwear department, I just saw so much potential in what they were doing.”