MARY PING STUDIO VISIT
SLOW & STEADY WINS THE RACE
CHAMP ISSUE #9
PORTRAIT CITY SERIES
Photographed by Jason Lewis
Special Thanks Julie Le
Intro + QA: Champ
Most will be familiar with conceptual label Slow and Steady Wins the Race, headed by American fashion designer Mary Ping. Based in New York, Mary founded the label in 2001 and has since seen her designs celebrated worldwide.
In her words, Slow and Steady Wins The Race “…is seasonless and proves that good design elicits both an intellectual and emotional response that is ageless, cross-cultural — boundless”. Colette, Dover Street Market, 10 Corso Como and Beams have all been fans of her rule-breaking brand. Mary combines timeless clothing items and accessories with practical design, and then adds a twist. A classic sweater with optional removal arms? Yes please.
Only 7 years ago Mary and her work were part of the highly coveted V&A’s New York Fashion Now exhibition, part of the Avant Garde section. Now, at the age of 36, designer Mary Ping is just warming up.
All photos: Jason G Lewis
Originally published in Champ Issue #9, Portrait City Series)