Accessories designer and CFDA Incubator Sang A Im-Propp was at one time considered to be one of Korea’s most promising celebrities – as a singer, actor, and dancer. Her success as a performer was only enhanced by her instinctive love for fashion and accessories; she became a style icon in Korea, styling and creating unique looks for her own music videos. After recording three records with Samsung, the multi-talented beauty made her way to New York, where she honed her skills at Parsons and launched her leather accessories collection, SANG A, in Spring of 2006 to rave reviews. Her innovative use of exotic skins – python, ostrich and alligator – quickly established her as one-to-watch in the luxury accessories market, and her pieces are now sold at luxury boutiques all over the world. Here, her favorite things:
Item I own that gets better with age: My POP in Black Buffed Python. I have worn it every day for the past two years and the soft, sueded finish gets richer by the day…
Best vintage buy on eBay: I LOVE Vintage but have not shopped on Ebay…I prefer discovering treasures in person. I recently found a really unique turn of the century clutch style bag at one of favorite NY shops Exquisite Costume. It’s getting me inspired for next fall.
Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: The Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como. It is a converted palace from the 1800′s that has retained the unique and classic features. The hotel is a throwback to the old days when families would come to the lake and live there for the summer.
My secret to looking timeless: I think the more important secret is to always to wear what you love, without hesitation.
Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: My first Ultrasound of my girl Olivia…
Favorite vintage fashion trend: I am loving the vintage inspirations in eye-wear recently. My favorite takes are Henrik Vibskov’s sunglasses.
What’s in my purse: My POP bag is literally my portable office…full of devices: iPhone, MacBook, Blackberry, Organizer & Translator plus files, lookbooks, price-lists, etc. I am a walking showroom.
Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: Korean food in the kitchen…
What I’m currently coveting: I am not much of a coveteur, but as I am redesigning my home I have been lusting for a vintage Panton furniture piece, like their 2-level seat.
Best advice I’ve ever received: “Listen and trust your instinct.” This advice inspired me to stay in New York and I have never looked back.
Music that always takes me back: My Korean pop play list. My employees hear the same songs so often they have memorized it too.
Film that I can watch over and over again: Love Story…Vintage Ali MacGraw…
Favorite family recipe: My family and I just love to bake together…We are morning people, and I am often bringing in fresh baked goods to my office for everyone’s morning tea.
Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Takahachi Bakery on Murray Street in Tribeca…Amazing for morning treats before I head to work in SoHo.
Blog I’m currently addicted to: I love AnOther Magazine’s “Reader” section that collects all of their UK blog faves in one place for me to enjoy.
I couldn’t live without: My girl Olivia.
Words to dress by: Simply said…If you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong.