With the raw talent of a frisky designer-to-be and a humble pie background in watching his grandmother sew, Kuala Lumpur-born Justin Yap spent his childhood crafting woven
dreams of becoming his own brand. This self-assured lad approaches fashion with much appreciation for juxtaposition; his love for contrasting colors show bright in every collection, but none more so than his signature hue of bold Turquoise.
Adopting sartorial skills from couturier Carven Ong at his academy in 2004, he demonstrates precision in tailoring by creating innovative garment constructions with a strong understanding in textile to perfect form. The result? – Clean, understated, classic styles that shine an effervescent trend of its own. The designer founded his womenswear label in 2007 after winning the MIFA Best Evening Wear Designer award in 2005.
Justin has also collaborated with several international brands for special projects and shows such as Martell, Toni&Guy, and L’oreal to name a few. He is also a committee member of Malaysian Official Designers Association (MODA). In 2015, The designer was appointed as part of the Panel of trustee at the Martell Rise Above Awards and Rise above foundation.
In addition to his achievements, Justin was named as one of the uprising star designer of Kuala Lumpur by Lonely Planet in 2011. The following year, he launched his womenswear Ready-To-Wear line named justin yap collection.
The same year, Justin also rebranded his couture, bespoke line named justin yap prestige which consist of meticulously crafted Bridal, Evening wear and Tailoring for modern men and has donned by local and international celebrities such as Deanna Yusoff, Ning Baizura, Sheila Majid, Sarah Lian and Linda Chung (HK).
In Justin’s perspective, garments are all functioning limbs of one’s self-confidence. His
collections often stem from his elaborations on simple principles of construction and form, drawing simultaneously from couture and tailoring traditions with a reasonable dose of luxury.
To add drive to passion, Justin also designs a line of shoes made to fit the modern woman of today. Neo classics with a taste of equally strong colors and exotic leather meticulously crafted by hand, his shoes play a strong part in creating his ideal woman; one of a kind in a mind of her own.