Style Setter: Sang A


Name: Sang A Im-Propp
Age: 35
Occupation: Designer
Location: SoHo, NY

1. First things first: Where do you shop? Do you have a secret store?

I’m on 22nd St a lot for Balenciaga and Comme des Garcons. I also love Jumelle in Brooklyn, Isabel Marant and Repetto in Paris.

2. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

Concentration is the key; my action is immediate.

3. What is the ultimate item on your wish list this season?

My shopping style is about what catches my eye at the moment; I never plan what I want to fall in love with in advance.  To be honest, I can’t deal with wishing.  If there’s something I want, I work hard to get it.  If I can’t buy it, I won’t even allow myself look at it.

4. Who are your favorite designers?

Cristobal Balenciaga, Rei Kawabuko, Jil Sander, and Vivienne Westwood.

5. If you could swap closets with anyone, who would it be?

I could never imagine swapping closets with someone else. My closet reflects the last 20 years of my life and I couldn’t part with it.  That’s not to say I don’t think that someone like Kate Moss has amazing style. It’s just that her wardrobe would never quite suit me as well as my own.

6. What are your favorite online destinations?

JC Report, Refinery29, YouTube

7. If you had a time machine, which style era would you visit first?

The mid 1800s for the tailoring details and the 1960s for the bold uses of color and geometric silhouettes.

8. If you could get fashion advice from one person, living or dead, who would it be?

Carine Roitfeld—she supports all of my favorite designers and is both forward-thinking and tasteful.

9. If you could emulate the style of a fictional character, who would it be?

I love Sophia Loren’s character in I Girasoli when she wears an airy cotton wrap dress. I just love the idea of being comfortable yet effortlessly striking.

10. Tell us about the five pieces you find yourself buying, wearing, and replacing over and over again.

1. Basic blue vintage Levi’s jeans.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect pair.

2. Really good quality white T-shirts, with or without a print.  It’s surprisingly difficult to find. The neckline has to be right, the cut has to be fitted yet effortless, and it has to be made with a certain quality of cotton in the perfect shade of white.

3. Basic trenchcoat—the shoulders have to fit exactly whether the overall silhouette is oversized or fitted. And I’m always looking for collars that fall naturally.

4. Black dresses for day and evening.

5. Black tights.

11. How much is too much to spend on a pair of shoes?

I consider spending over $600 too much, but there’s always the exception.

12. Who is your style soul mate?

Victoria Traina—I’ve actually seen pictures of her wearing pieces that I own as well.  I think we both share an appreciation of pretty, minimal and architectural avant-garde.  She’s a good balance between upscale sophistication mixed with the downtown laidback look.  I also find certain looks of Chloe Sevigny fun and inspiring.

13. It’s your Final Supper—who’s there and what meal do you ask for?

I would want an intimate gathering with family, close friends and my mother’s Korean home cooking.

14. Did you go to Prom? What did you wear?

Prom does not exist in Korea. The closest thing we had to a prom was sneaking into clubs, pretending to be college students.  I would transform my school uniform into a miniskirt and wear skimpy tank tops.

15. What theme song best describes your life?

My theme song would be the title song from my first album when I was a singer.  It was called “Musical” and it describes my life as a stage.  The lyrics explain that I can create my life, do what I love and no one can stop me.