Cherry, you grew up in Arizona, and Home, you’re originally from Bangkok, Thailand. Can you walk us through how you crossed paths?
Cherry: Home is from Bangkok Thailand and I grew up in Arizona. I had tried to go to university. I got accepted but I couldn’t afford it. I got into school at Camberwell in London and it didn’t work out so my mom helped me travel. I went to Japan and then I decided to move to Asia. I then got a job as a teacher in Thailand.
Home: That’s how we met.
C: We were walking in the market and he just said hello to me.
Was there anything in particular that drew you to Asia or was it just an instinct that you just decided to follow?
C: Well, I had always wanted to go to Japan since I was a little kid. My parents couldn’t explain why, but I was always attracted to everything that was there. I met an exchange student when I was in kindergarten who came and really changed my thinking. It’s really hard to get a permanent visa there, so it was kind of off-the-table since I didn’t have a degree. After that, I was trying to find somewhere that I could teach abroad but in Asia. I feel so grateful to have been able to spend time living there.
H: Yeah, we hope to be able to move back to Thailand one day. Our dream is to one day open up a shop in Japan.
C: Japan or Thailand. The thing about Thailand is that it doesn’t really work because it’s so warm all year round, but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t do sport-weight things.
“We loved to be creative, but there was no room for it.” – Cherry W. Rain-Phuangfueang
It seems like you’re really inspired by the places you’ve lived in. Having this multicultural lens, how does that influence the pieces that you thrift or your final designs?
C: That’s a good question. We’re not doing too much resale anymore just because we found it really hard to juggle the two now that there’s a growing demand for the knits.
H: But we have to say thank you to ourselves for when we did vintage. We spent a lot of time touching and learning our materials and at the end of the day we realised that our favorite stuff was knitwear, so then we started thinking “Why don’t we start our own brand?
C: To circle back to that idea of multicultural inspiration, we were both so interested in being immersed in busy environments, and we’ve found that it’s not the healthiest lifestyle to live. We really love to people-watch and get inspiration from every place that we’ve ever been.