If there’s one thing I appreciate, it’s when an artist can successfully blend elements of the past with the future and churn out something fresh. That goes for brands too. And Korea-based IISE really takes it there with its high end monk bags with the taekwondo belt straps, all made from organically dyed silk/cotton blends using 13th century Korean methods. Beautiful. It’s no wonder they have caught the attention of sites like Hypebeast and Four Pins.

Recently, they released their capsule collection featuring wallets and cardholders inspired by traditional Korean sliding doors. I got my hands on the wallet, looked it over and took in the clean design, felt that smooth Italian leather, then peeped the imprint of the door on the spine and let out an involuntary game show audience oooooohhhhhhhhhhh. Madness. It’s always a good time when you get what the creators were going for. I got on the phone with Terrence Kim, one half of the two brothers who run IISE, and we talked about the beginning and the future of IISE. Jyeah.


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founded Gumship in 2012 to document the Asian American experience through culture, lifestyle and entertainment. When he's not blogging, he creates music as the rapper Rekstizzy. Hobbies include ramen, fried chicken, and pizza. If he could eat all three at the same time, the joy in his heart would cause him to levitate off the floor in a spiral motion.