I love visiting and documenting creative spaces whenever I travel. So when an opportunity came up to visit the home studio of Vu Thao—the designer behind Hanoi-based fashion label Kilomet 109—I jumped at the chance.
It was my second rendezvous with Megan and Gab of Walk Sew Good, who I last saw at the start of their journey around Southeast Asia in Phnom Penh. While the girls spent the afternoon interviewing and filming with Thao, I sat in the background, listening to stories about her collaborations with different ethnic minority communities in Northern Vietnam. Thao’s studio is absolutely incredible: a living museum filled with natural dye ingredients, craft tools, a gorgeous collection of antique hill tribe textiles, and a long rack of Kilomet 109 designs. I was in my element—and very glad I had decided to bring my camera along.
I wrote a feature about Walk Sew Good for the latest issue of Peppermint magazine, which goes on sale in Australia this week. I also wanted to share a few photos from Thao’s studio—surely one of the coolest creative spaces in Hanoi—here on the blog. If you’re interested in learning more about Thao and Kilomet 109, check out her Maker Profile recently published on The Kindcraft.