‘You will have a better life if you wear impressive clothes’: Ambush founder talks fashion with Bella Poarch

Yoon Ahun and Bella Poarch Interview Magazine

A fashion designer and Tiktok sensation team up to talk about the best way to spend 24 hours in Tokyo, superpowers, “Animal Crossing,” clothing and the power of a spine-chilling scream.

Dynamic duo: Yoon Ahn, Korean American co-founder of contemporary unisex label Ambush, was interviewed by one of TikTok’s biggest stars Bella Poarch, who modeled Ahn’s Spring 2022 collection, for Interview’s Winter 2021 issue on Thursday.

  • The Seattle-born and Tokyo-based fashion designer said her favorite way to spend a day in the metropolitan city is roaming different districts, eating superb meals, bar-hopping, karaoke, dancing and crashing as the sun rises.
  • Preferred dining choice? “Uber Eats. Even Michelin-starred restaurants are available now.”
  • Ahn also talked about pop culture, how “Astro Boy” is one of her favorite anime and how she would choose to live in the peaceful world of “Animal Crossing.”

 

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Garments galore: Ahn started Ambush in the 2008 with her husband, rapper Verbal, creating jewelry inspired by household items. It gained traction when Kanye West wore a “POW!” pendant from the label in the same year, and since then the high-end brand has continued to grow to include apparel and accessories worn by many celebrities.

  • The Filipina American singer and Ahn discussed the significance of fashion during which the designer referenced a quote from fashion mogul Vivienne Westwood about how it is “essential” and “life-enhancing.” 
  • “You will have a much better life if you wear impressive clothes,” she added.
  • When asked about how she got her start, Ahn cited a visit to a local public library where she found Vogue and other fashion magazines.
  • “From that point, I knew I wanted to move to New York to work as a graphic designer, but never thought I would be in the fashion industry. It seemed so far away from the suburb I grew up in, where I was the only Asian,” she said. “It’s funny how life turns out.”
  • Ahn’s own style is what she calls “sexy tomboy,” and she awaits the day that all things “spiky and spiked” come back into the trends.
  • On a stressful day, she will blast a horror movie, preferably with a lot of screams, on full volume to release stress while she works.
  • After the interview, Ahn wrote an Instagram post praising the TikTok star: “[Bella] is like when anime is programmed into a perfect AI replica of a human form, and her #TikTok clips are always too kawaii. But more than that, her glow-up story is definitely something straight out of a Disney movie.”

 

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