About the "Ply-Knits" name
"A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." -- Gertrude Stein
"The name Ply-Knits at first seems technical and straightforward. Industry folk know the niche fact that yarns come in thicknesses, or "plies", from 1 to 12. But most knitwear in the market is just 2-ply. Growing up around my family's knitwear factory, I was exposed to lots of specialty, beautiful knitwear. In particular, I loved the rare superfine 1-ply spun silks or ultra-plush 12-ply Alashan cashmeres. So I dug out the family archives and old rare deadstock yarns, reinterpreted old patterns, and started my collection of simple but specialty knitwear, Ply-Knits in 2015."
"Because I use yarns in the full range from superfine 1-ply up to ultra-thick 12-ply, Ply-Knits can be worn all year round. I designed it this way as I travel between Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York, and London, which are all of different climates, and want to pack simply yet with style. So Ply-Knits is at once on the surface quite practical, simplifying, but underneath is composed of something very special and thoughtful."
"In addition, I also like the idea of naming luxury, expensive cashmere as something as quotidian as ply -- the word ply makes me think of plywood or Kleenex. It is this understatement, a sense of quiet restraint, that permeates the Ply-Knits aesthetic. Furthermore, as the name Ply-Knits is so plainly unembellished, it gives me breathing space for creative freedom without one narrow, defined Ply-Knits look. Similarly, there is not one singular "Ply-Knits woman." Instead, Ply-Knits can fit in and be interpreted differently by many different people's unique aesthetics and styles. (This is a big ethos of Ply-Knits -- that the clothing should never wear the woman, but the woman and her innate style and confident decorum, comes first. It is quite gauche otherwise when a woman is dressed head to toe in a full look like a mannequin!)"
"Last but not least, ply also means to work steadily, particularly in reference to one's trade. Indeed, my family's been slowly yet surely been in the knitwear trade for three generations now. So altogether, underneath the plain and technical name of Ply-Knits stands simplicity, elegance, steadfastness, usefulness, and a way of life."