15 November 2021


FDM alums will present new creative apparel collections THIS FRIDAY


“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” said Sun Tzu. That ancient quote is apropos of two distinct new clothing lines from Chris Ching and Matt Bruning, respectively – and you are invited to their dual HISAM Fashion Presentation at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum on Nov. 19!

“CYC was born during the pandemic,” says Chris. He and Matt are alums of the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program of the Dept. of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Chris’ upcycle collection features new styles made from fabric archive and creative finds showing details in voids, shapes, and distress dyes. Matt’s “Where Do We Go From Here” is a resort collection that reflects on the transitioning of life out of darkness. As it mirrors the effect of the recent pandemic, Matt wants to portray the unknown, uncomfortableness, and confusion represented by a dark, all-black color palette.

HISAM X CYC Fashion Presentation

  • November 19th starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 South Hotel St, Honolulu
  • Vaccination Proof Required on Entry
  • today!


You can also find CYC this holiday season:

  • November 21: The Okumura Building Presents The Artist Market (Kaimuki)
  • November 27: The Pop Up Shop with Ruri Murakami (Kaimuki)
  • ecember 11-12: ʻAlohilani Resort (Waikiki)

“My personal UH educational experience provided me with valuable outside perspectives of the working world and its potential professional pathways available to me,” Chris notes. “I was able to learn from individuals who have worked in the fashion realm and they informed my first steps of how to make a career. I have also found it’s invaluable to dive into real life work and opportunities when they present themselves. Freelancing, collaborations, and general work helps to narrow your career path into something that you can feel passionate about every day.”

He adds, “I’ve spent my professional career around luxury retail and merchandising. I wanted to utilize the education into a personal artistic expression which was inspired by slow fashion, creativity, textiles, and design. I’m still learning with each new collection, on the back-end and front to developing a brand that is in the intersection of artistic design and sustainability. I encourage you all to find your drive, don’t be afraid of making mistakes, and dive in!”

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