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Photographs by Emily Lipson
23, musician and designer living in Bushwick
Why did you decide to move here from Seattle a year ago?
A lot of artists I really respected in Seattle moved away because it got so gentrified. Moving to New York’s been amazing. During Fashion Week, I premiered my first fashion line, ZAH, at MoMa PS1 at Bubble_T [a queer Asian party]. I performed on the runway while the models wore the clothes. I’d never been in such a glowing room full of queer and black and brown faces and bodies.
Why is New York the place to be now?
New York has always been a place of booming culture and arts, and I feel like it’s cycling back again. Everything feels very raw and of the moment, and being a part of this feels very revolutionary. I feel like people of marginalized identities unapologetically existing and creating and thriving is very rebellious in itself.
Tell me more about ZAH.
It’s colorful and deconstructed. I like to make everything from scratch with fabrics that feel sacred and have intention. I taught myself how to sew in September, and Opening Ceremony has already reached out to me about carrying my clothes.
What’s your music like?
It’s electronic, industrial and dancy. I taught myself how to play music and produce. I’m independent, and, besides performing, I’m having to figure out how to properly book entire tours for myself. My art is less for me and more for humanity. I just want people to find solace in what I’m doing.