Audrey Magazine – Fashion For A Cause: LiNK

Fashion For A Cause: Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) – Min A. Lee

We’ve been bringing you on-going news regarding the cancellation of The Interview theater showings under the pressure of recent hacker attacks and the uproar it’s causing, but looking deeper into the terrifying realities of North Korea, one organization strives to aid North Korean refugees on the extremely hard and secret journey to freedom.  Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) takes on the complex, sensitive subject of non-existent human rights for North Koreans by educating others on the history and the underground movements of the country.  So much is shrouded in secrecy, but with changing technology and advocacy, there is a growing fight for a better life for the people under the current dictatorship.

LiNK created this page to help others more clearly understand the challenges and history of North Koreans. Many things that we may take for granted, such as freedom of speech and information, is not available to citizens under the dictatorship. In fact, they face constant famines, lack of public health systems, and even public executions and exploitation. It is a very emotional read, but examining hard truths always is.

What exactly does the LiNK organization do?

“We rescue refugees without cost or condition and ensure their safety and dignity on their journey to freedom…while hiding in China their illegal status forces them to work in invisible industries and leaves them vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers and sex traffickers, as they have no recourse to any authorities.  Although many refugees try to escape many do not have the resources or connections to get themselves out of China.  That’s where we come in.” —via Liberyinnorthkorea.org

Below is the breakdown of the $3000 cost of a rescue and resettlement by LiNK, which can also be found here.

 

So what can we do and how does this tie into fashion right? Outside of the traditional donation methods, LiNK has their own shop full of statement making t-shirts.  We already know graphic tops and jackets are favorite trends each season in Asia, but you can own or gift eye-catching tees that carry a more meaningful purpose.  We talk about conversation starters in fashion continuously, but these could create a conversation that educates and can ultimately aid in the rescue process of a North Korean refugee.

LiNK’s graphic designers have created a variety of designs from simple text to pop art styles and with all proceeds funding LiNK’s work and mission. Below are some of their holiday shop designs with prices ranging from $10 to $40.  Also, if you explore their shop you’ll find more than just tops: there’s coffee, canvas prints and even phone covers all made for a great cause.  If you interested more about the traditional donation process click here.

While we settle in with our families for this Christmas holiday, we keep the lives of others nestled deeply within our hearts as well. – See more at: http://audreymagazine.com/fashion-for-a-cause-liberty-in-north-korea-link/#sthash.PjQEXKiz.dpuf

Images Courtesy Of Audrey Magazine Via LiNK

Audrey Magazine – Seoul’s Favorite Street Style Photographer Alex Finch

  • A few years back I stumbled on Alex Finch’s captivating street style photography, and it became a daily addiction to see what new looks would pop up on his blog and social media sites.  With the progression of the fashion industry within Seoul and South Korean designers gaining new levels of recognition, there’s so much movement all-around, I expect that in the coming years SFW (Seoul Fashion Week) has the potential to be considered a prominent stage for international design houses and brands.  I truly feel Finch’s work helped bring a broader audience to SFW, as the the styles found outside the shows can be just as compelling.  It was very enjoyable having the chance to interview him for Audrey (full interview here).

An Inside Look Into Seoul’s Street Style Trends With Alex Finch – Min A. Lee

Winter trends continue on the streets of Seoul as we move towards the New Year with cozy knits, layers and oversized coats to keep out the biting chill.  Looking back over the street trends of 2014, we decided to give you a short reading break from what is “in” for Korean fashion, and instead share a bit of an inside perspective of these flowing fads and beloved street portraits.

With over a hundred thousand followers and thousands of re-blogs daily, Alex Finch’s photos straight from Seoul have captured everyone’s attention on social media to online galleries for Vogue.  While he’s out finding intriguing looks, we ask him what is it about Seoul and its fashionable people that attract growing international appreciation.

Audrey Magazine: Compared to other Asian metropolitans, what fascinates you about the fashion found on the streets of Seoul worn by its city dwellers?

Alex Finch: I should start by saying that I have only seriously shot in Seoul, but have been in Tokyo a few times. I think that I like the “fashion with restraint” (don’t remember where I heard that, but I think it fits) that makes for a good selection of photos with variety. Different areas of the city definitely give you groupings of different styles, but I like the variety I see on the streets that I frequent.

AM: You’ve been taking street portraits for quite awhile, do you feel Korean fashion is more about current trend or individual eclecticism?

AF: Again, I think there’s a mixture of both. I hear a lot of people say that Koreans just follow whatever trends are around, but I’m not sure that’s any different to any other nation that falls outside the main fashion centres of the world. However, I have some friends who don’t seem to follow any trends and just make up their own style on the go. I admire that a lot.

AM: Your photos were extremely popular during Seoul Fashion Week, is there more buzz outside versus indoors while runway shows are being presented?  Can you share with us how a day goes spent capturing all the amazing outfits being worn at the seasonal SFWs?

AF: First, I should say thank you. Most of the photographers I shoot regularly with would rather be outside shooting the street and what they see more commonly on famous foreign photographers’ websites during fashion weeks, but I did enjoy shooting backstage during this season because I got to speak to the models and try a new style.

AM: What intrigues you more during your street portraits, the individual garments people wear or how they style things as a whole?  What makes the image have more impact?

AF: I honestly think it depends. Shooting for this long, I have seen instances of both. When I’m snapping without asking, it’s usually an item that I see, be it shoes or a bag. When I’m shooting a full body portrait, then the entire look makes a difference. – See more of the interview and images at: http://audreymagazine.com/an-inside-look-into-seouls-street-style-trends-with-alex-finch/#sthash.ViKKMYl2.dpuf

Feature Image Via Audrey Magazine & Alex Finch