Though Tsang considers herself a product designer of garments rather than a fashion designer, she still takes interest in the aesthetic dimension of her work. As a workwear aficionado with a minimalist streak, she sought to provide all that was functionally necessary in an elegant way. Motorcycle jackets inspired her approach of both functionalism and sleek form – everything in place, nothing superfluous. When one bricklayer wanted extra cargo pockets, she said no. “They don’t need them,” she says, having already accounted for all the tools he would need on the job.
“Tsang judges the success of her work not by its ability to stand out but to blend smoothly into its wearers’ lives.”
The final designs look like practical workwear with slightly futuristic details. The trousers, for example, are two-toned to highlight their pattern-cutting. Unlike most designers, Tsang judges the success of her work not by its ability to stand out but to blend smoothly into its wearers’ lives. In a video documenting her work, she asks her bricklayer friend how he feels in her designs. “I can barely feel them,” he told her.
Tsang intends to continue designing for people overlooked and underserved by the fashion industry, particularly blue-collar workers. She would happily stay in school for longer –“I wish I could do my master’s for twenty years,” she laughs. But for now, she is researching manufacturing options to bring her uniforms to other heroic bricklayers.