iCONS+ and the Vision Behind CUiRASÉX

iCONS+ and the Vision Behind CUiRASÉX

Nov 30, 2023

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 20 November, 2023 - In 2020, amidst the global pandemic that ushered in uncharted uncertainties and raucous reckonings, I founded CUiRASÉX—a leather-centric interdisciplinary creative studio. Specializing in the crafting of exclusive limited-edition collectibles, CUiRASÉX places emphasis on exquisite materials, exceptional craftsmanship, and unparalleled attention to detail—all while prioritizing sustainable business practices. As the curator of this monumental endeavor, I envision creating a platform where exceptional minds converge, blending creativity, multiplicity, and diversity to address the pressing global issues of our time.


At the forefront of this vision is iCONS+, my inaugural project, reflects my forty-two years of intertwining personal interests, brought to life in an unparalleled display of creativity and craftsmanship, and a venture seeking to intangibly connect with the world.This venture was born from a desire to create not just leather goods but tangible expressions of artistry that transcend conventional boundaries. iCONS+ stands as a testament to this vision—an ode to creativity and a curated blend of influences from my extensive journey, including my notable tenure spearheading the innovative product line, Villain Squad (VS), at MAISON PROMAX.VS, with its anthropomorphic mini handbags, was a remarkable success, resonating across diverse demographics and spanning 16 countries on 4 continents. Regrettably, the project came to an abrupt halt three years ago. However, the untapped potential of the anthropomorphic concept lingered.


Building upon this foundation, now, with iCONS+, I return with a renewed vision, refined design, and elevated craftsmanship. While retaining the beloved anthropomorphic elements, I've woven them seamlessly with meaningful subject matters. Taking cues from François Xavier Lalanne's works, each iCONS+ is a hybrid, fusing function and sculpture, curated through the lenses of art, pop culture, fashion, geopolitics, and social economics. This results in iCONS+ being a hybrid between a functional collectible and a leather sculpture.


Yet, beyond being a collectible or a leather sculpture, iCONS+ embodies a higher purpose. It serves as a conduit for artistic commentary on our contemporary world—offering unique, uncensored perspectives without pretense or conformity. Through these works, I aspire to encourage people to embrace their individuality, appreciate diversity, and confront the pressing issues that surround us. What truly sets iCONS+ apart are its critical differentiators—embracing individuality, appreciating diversity, and addressing societal issues. Beyond the confines of traditional luxury brands, my products hold a unique position in the market.


Is iCONS+ a luxury or artwork? Perhaps both, or perhaps neither. It defies categorization, embodying the spirit of unrestricted expression. It champions the fearless articulation of ideas, fostering an environment where every individual is empowered to manifest their truest self. In a world where freedom is a privilege in certain corners, CUiRASÉX is more than my brand; it is a beacon of liberation, symbolizing aspirations for unrestrained selfhood. iCONS+ is not just a radical form of creativity and expression; it is our voice, a proclamation, a viewpoint, and a stance. It moves in sync with the ever-changing world, challenging conventional norms and boundaries. As we navigate into the future, it's clear that successful brands, regardless of price points, must center their focus on humanity and the natural environment. This ethos is not just an afterthought but a foundational principle at CUiRASÉX. In the evolving landscape of luxury and creativity, our commitment to sustainability is not a mere buzzword; it is a fundamental aspect of our existence.


Successful brands of tomorrow recognize the intricate relationship between humanity and the environment. They understand that their impact extends far beyond the product itself; it resonates with the values and aspirations of individuals. It's a holistic approach that transcends price points, fostering a genuine connection with customers who seek not just a product but a shared commitment to a better, more sustainable future.


This commitment is ingrained in our creative DNA at CUiRASÉX. The iCONS+ collection is not just a testament to craftsmanship and creativity; it is a reflection of our dedication to a more conscientious way of living. As we navigate the complexities of the modern world, our focus on humanity and the natural environment serves as a compass, guiding us toward a future where success is measured not only in economic terms but also in the positive impact we make on the world we inhabit.


In embracing this vision, we invite you to join us on this journey — a journey that transcends the boundaries of traditional luxury and ushers in an era where brands are not just creators but stewards of a more compassionate, sustainable, and interconnected world.