East Asian Influences on our 2020 Spring Collection

East Asian Influences on our 2020 Spring Collection

At The Comfort Closet, we’re always pushing fashion forward. What makes a trend? What makes a classic? We check out products that we think are extremely cool then ask ourselves: how can we make it better? With that said, our inspirations for the 2020 Spring Collection was the growth of the preppy streetwear movement, and more relevantly, the East Asian perspective on spring.

In these spring days, when tranquil light encompasses the four directions, why do the blossoms scatter with such uneasy hearts?
Ki no Tomonori (紀友則)

Wu Xing (五行)

A concept in Chinese philosophy, Wu Xing roughly translates to the five elements or five phases. Traditionally, the seasons are split into five: spring, summer, late summer, autumn, and winter. Just as the seasons follow this eternal cycle, so does nature follow a pattern: sprouting, blooming, completing, withering, then finally resting.


Hanami refers to the Japanese tradition of viewing cherry blossoms. Originally popularized during the Heian period by Emperor Saga, this tradition is over a thousand years old. The cherry blossom is the symbolic flower of spring and a metaphor for the fleeting nature of life. The flowers reach their peak beauty after around two weeks then begin to fall.


While viewing cherry blossoms may be the most familiar practice of admiring transient beauty, South Korea has an equally wonderful tradition of viewing canola flowers. On the island of Jeju, these yellow flowers cover vast plains of soil and create a rhythmic contrast with the shimmering sea.

Canola Flowers in Jeju

We wanted to feature the transient, fleeting beauty of spring in these East Asian cultures, yet stay true to Pro-Leisure and be completely original. Consequently, our 2020 Spring Collection features a variety of floral shirts. If you take a close look, you’ll notice that we referenced the hibiscus flower heavily. These flowers are quite extraordinary canvases of various colors, illustrating Mother Nature’s skillful artistry. However, they typically bloom for only one day. If we’ve taken any lessons from our East Asian inspiration, it’s that we shouldn’t lament their impending doom but instead rejoice at their ephemeral blossoms.

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