When New York gets you down, it’s comforting to know there are still places to hide — like through the window onto a rickety old fire escape, six floors above the world. For the fashion-forward, another escapist wonderland is Fig Collective, a low-profile, appointment-only shop in Brooklyn. The Bushwick boutique, which also sells clothes online, is one of the only places in the world where you can find a select handful of young, largely unisex brands from the founders’ native South Korea: companies like Ader Error, VEI-8, and Bouton that specialize in a specific kind of uncool cool. Jeans feature a slight wing at the ankle and, perhaps, a simple word like “RUN” embroidered above the knee. Black bomber jackets zip up over a bright blue inset panel. Even a humble striped shirt has extra-long sleeves, with holes for convenience about the wrist. In their adopted home, three of Fig Collective’s four members (the crew’s film director Seungbum Hong, 29, is not pictured) wear a mixture of the American and South Korean brands they love.
Photographer Yael Malka
August 09, 2016