meet the designer

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Creative Director Gilbert Chen was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US at age 14. After graduating from high school, he studied Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. With a growing interest in fashion and having trouble finding clothes he liked in a shopping mall, he took a few fashion design classes and eventually decided to pursue a career as a fashion designer. Upon receiving his BFA from the prestigious Parsons School of Design, Chen worked as a menswear designer for brands such as Arrow Sportswear, Cole Haan Outerwear, Joseph Abboud Outerwear, and Arnold Palmer Taiwan. Meanwhile, with the desire to understand the full picture of the business, Chen studied for an MBA in International Luxury Brand Management at ESSEC Business School in France. Finally in 2010, Chen launched his own menswear and boys wear collection BARQUE, named after BARK with a slight twist in spelling. BARQUE is as personal as it can get in terms of Chen’s own personal taste and sense of style. Now Chen lives between New York and Taipei and enjoys building a brand and running his business.

 

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