D-SATA LOVES. . .
A BITE ABOUT US
D-SATA by CuR:
ethical and environmentally conscientious accessories designer Currie Lee, esq. retired from practicing law -licensed in New York, and has since been scribbling " sketching her designs on a worn " torn legal pad, and, hand-selecting the most exquisite of materials for each of her collections during monthly trips -from a trek into a T’boli Tribe in Northern Luzon to a shopping spree on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
DimSum of all things Asian : D-SATA by CuR was borne from her love of ‘all things’ vintage, particularly her mum and grandmum’s collection of haute-couture, and, her many trips from Asian ‘minority villages’ to ‘cosmopolitan metropolises’, where she fell in love with ‘all things’ Asian.
Inspired by her private collection of inherited vintage clutches, D-SATA by CuR’s couture clutches infuse the traditional with the contemporary to create inimitable designs that have been featured in fashion magazines from Harper's Bazaar/Jewelry, L'Officiel, Madame Figaro to VOGUE, lifestyle magazines such as TATLER, and, travel magazines from Luxe City Guides, Travel+Leisure Asia’s Best of 2009 to ELLE ITALIA's 2011 International Shopping Guide.
CuR Currie, originally named Curie after Madame Curie the Chemist by her Chemistry professor father, decided that Chemistry was “so not cool (not knowing that using the word “cool” was not cool)” and uncreatively insisted that an additional “r” be added to her name.
Following this fuss, Currie Lee, esq. decided that she would become an attorney (she is licensed in New York) only to scribble & sketch her designs on all her legal documents and be referred to as the “Legally Blonde” the Asian edition (how absolutely embarrassing!).
Following this fiasco, CuR decided to follow her boarding school dreams of designing (although her childhood of living in country to country and her current lifestyle of traveling from country to county perhaps make her official occupation a nomad.
Victoria Victoria is CuR’s French Bulldog and Design Diva. She is also CuR’s muse and master. Her loves are: herself, and, “all things” Victoria. Her hates are ginormous baggies.
Victor Victor is CuR’s French Bulldog who was rescued from the streets of Shanghai. He fetches for and fawns over Victoria. His loves are nibbling on CuR’s favorite baggies and kissing Victoria’s perfectly pedicured paws. He has no hates as he absolutely adores everyone and anything.
Currie Lee was born in South Korea, raised in Canada, educated in the U.S. & China, married in Italy, and honeymooned in Greece... unable to decide where to live and still jet setting from country to country, she is indeed a girl of the world!. Retired from practicing law (licensed in New York), she now scribbles & sketches her designs on a worn & torn legal pad (a force of habit from her legal career most likely) and hand-selects materials for each collection during these many trips. Currie Lee出生在韩国，生长在加拿大，在美国和中国接受教育，在意大利结婚，在希腊度蜜月……至今无法决定在哪里定居，还在不同的国家之间“漂泊”。她是个真正的世界公民！辞去纽约挂牌律师的工作后，CuR开始在草稿本上写写画画进行时尚设计。在她众多的旅行中，CuR亲手选择各种原材料，力求独一无二。
CuR’s passion for fashion began with her naughtily cutting-up her mother's couture pieces (the most devastating of which was a vintage silk & feather flapper dress) to recreate fashion week with her Barbie Dolls as models, to being dolled-up herself by her grandmum and mum in skirts and jackets tailored out of the fabric from their up-cycled vintage tweed, chenille, boucle and houndstooth Chanel suits, hence her love for "all things” vintage and black & white! CuR对于时尚的热情可以追溯到她的小时候，淘气的她将母亲的高级定制时装剪开，给自己的芭比娃娃做了一系列的衣服，组织了一个“芭比时装周”。其中最最过分的一次，她居然将母亲古董级的丝绸和羽毛的裙子给剪开了。CuR的祖母和母亲也会将复古的粗花呢、雪尼尔、珠皮呢和千鸟格的Chanel套装裁开，做成小小的短裙和外套打扮小CuR。因此从小CuR就对黑白和复古的事物建立了深厚的感情。
Bored of accessories flaunting little more than outrageously oversized logos, she revisited her collection of timeless vintage clutches inherited from her grandmum and mum, which she had loved as being exquisite yet discreet, and has sought to embody this same sense of old-world style from bygone eras into her contemporary yet inimitable pieces that are recognizable not by their logos but their designs and materials. 厌烦了普通装饰品上的超大logo，CuR再次审视从祖母和母亲那儿继承下来的永恒的古董手包。经历了岁月的洗礼，它们一如当初的华美细致。CuR希望自己的设计能像古董手包那样，凭借独特的设计和品质得到世人和岁月的承认。
DimSum of all things Asian : D-SATA by CuR and the quintessence of her belief in “waste not, want not” was borne from her love of “all things” vintage and her many trips, from “minority villages” to “cosmopolitan metropolises” throughout Asia, where she fell in love with "all things” Asian. CuR的足迹遍布亚洲的少数民族村落和国际大都市，在这些旅程中，CuR逐渐爱上了亚洲风情的东西。DimSum of all things Asian: D-SATA by CuR和 “waste not, want not”的想法就是在这众多旅行和CuR对于复古事务的喜爱中诞生的。
Through each collection, CuR has expanded D-SATA’s concept of “sustainability” from “slow fashion”, as merely an antithesis to “fast fashion”, into “sustainable fashion”, as she conscientiously selects materials that are not only timeless in tradition and trends, but also “ethically and environmentally conscious”. Her pieces are hand-crafted using natural or recycled materials in Southeast Asian ‘cottage industries’ by women who earn a ‘living income’ (vs. minimum wage) which “provides for social growth, grants people the chance to work with dignity, and rests on the basic ethical value that all human life is equal regardless of geography, economy, race, gender, age or beliefs”*. CuR希望通过D-SATA的作品传承“慢时尚”“持续性”的概念，与“快时尚”恰巧相反，然后慢慢过渡到“可持续的时尚”。因此CuR精挑细选的材料，不仅是传统与时尚的经典结合，也是民族风和环境意识的体现。CuR的设计全部都是利用天然或者回收利用的材料，由东南亚的手工作坊的妇女们手工制作而成。这些妇女赚取生活收入，而不是最低收入。这不仅有利于当地社会的进步，也为当地人民提供了有尊严的工作，更重要的是体现了无论地域、经济、种族、性别、年龄或是信念，人人都是平等的。
From the hand-woven Buntals and Tinalaks of minority village women to the silks, brocades & batiks of Saris, Kimonos, & Hanboks from curators of Asian culture such as Jim Thompson and many others, each of her pieces are more than just an accessory to be bought and thrown out after a season. 从少数民族妇女手工编织的金丝草和Tinalaks，到汤姆森丝绸、织锦、蜡染纱丽、和服和韩服等，CuR的设计绝对不是衣柜里可有可无的装饰，更不是潮流过后就该丢弃的单品。
D-SATA by CuR: 秉承民族风及环保理念的配饰设计师Currie Lee曾是纽约的挂牌律师，从律师时期开始便在草稿本上写写画画，进行D-SATA的早期设计。辞职后的她周游世界，每个月都会在旅途中亲手挑选精致的材料制作D-SATA by CuR的每一个饰物。这些精致的材料，有的是她在北吕宋T’boli部落徒步旅行中的不期而遇，有的是她在巴黎著名的香榭丽舍大道上疯狂购物的成果。DimSum of all things Asian：D-SATA by CuR的设计源于CuR对“一切复古事物”——尤其是自己母亲和祖母收藏的高级时装——的热爱，和一次次穿梭于亚洲“少数民族村落”和“国际化大都市”的经历；在这些旅途中，她爱上了“亚洲的一切”。从祖母手上传下来的复古手包启发了CuR把传统工艺与现代元素结合，设计出了独一无二的D-SATA手包。D-SATA by CuR精致的手工手包被许多杂志提及：从时尚杂志《Harper's Bazaar/Jewelry》《 L'Officiel时装》, 《Madame Figaro》到《VOGUE服饰与美容》，从生活品位杂志如《TATLER》到旅游类读物《Luxe City Guides》《Travel+Leisure》的“Asia’s Best of 2009” 和《ELLE意大利》的“ 2011 International SHOPPING GUIDE”，都有D-SATA by CuR的介绍。