Hanii Y is the offshoot women’s apparel and accessories collection of Hanii Yoon, half of the husband and wife label Y & Kei. Born and raised in Korea, Yoon studied fashion in San Francisco, where she immersed herself in bohemian culture and developed a love for vintage fashion from different eras. Launched in 2005, Hanii Y melds retro and contemporary elements to stunning effect: think traditional pea coats reinterpreted in solid knit wool, floral print jackets in moody grays, high-waisted cotton shorts, and dresses made of elegant ruched silk. Slip one of Hanii Y’s classics vests over your favorite blouse and pair it with jeans for a simple yet chic look.
Pollack-esque splatter prints, Rothko-inspired blocks of color … Hanii Y pays homage to the modern-art masters in these exuberant dresses and separates. The designer’s own deft creative hand is also beautifully evident in these clothes, with their artful drapes, pleats and ruffles.
Half of husband and wife team, Y & Kei, Hanii Yoon's own line, Hanii Y, was launched in Spring 2005. Fusing the formality and propriety of the designer’s Korean upbringing with the bohemian spirit and culture she encountered upon moving to San Francisco to study fashion design, Hanii Y intertwines both vintage and modern elements to stunning effect. Seen in Nylon, on Michelle Obama and on the racks of boutiques like Calypso and department stores such as Barneys, Hanii Y’s contemporary womenswear can now be found at Gilt Groupe.
Hanii Y clothing is the edgy, retro-influenced brainchild of Y & Kei co-founder Hanii Yoon. Going solo in 2005 allowed Yoon to do it her way — marrying San Francisco’s bohemian style scene with New York’s glamour, all while giving a nod to her traditional Korean roots. The result, a line of cool, contemporary ready-to-wear, has appeared in cutting-edge magazine spreads and even outfitted stars on <i>Gossip Girl</i>.
No matter your style, there is no passing by this treasure trove of designer ready-to-wear. For the purely demure set, rich suiting and extraordinary blouses can be found from both Valentino and Gianfranco Ferré. Fans of arty textures and sharp geometry will revel in the selections from Vivienne Tam, Yohji Yamamoto, Hanni Y and Issey Miyake. Smart, ever-so-preppy separates come from the likes of Brooks Brothers, Boy by Band of Outsiders and Malo. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg (yes, we have that brand, too!).