Mark moved to the US as a teenager to study at the rural Midland School in Los Olivos, in California, before making his way to New York City to graduate in Fashion Design at Parsons. He launched his eponymous label in New York in 2018 before moving back to Shanghai in 2020 to expand his business. 

Mark’s contrasting education gave him his unique take on balance; one he has leveraged to the full as he gained knowledge and maturity as a designer; a balance he now applies to his life, how he conducts business and how he creates. MARKGONG’s collections tell intricate stories, they capture the unrestrained style of New York and the refinement of Shanghai.
SS23 Collection
Poolside Gossip
Classic plaid and tartans in buffalo, clan, black Stewart and mohair, collide with bright cobalt, painterly prints and ikat polka dots, all rounded by russet reds, deep pines and a blend of deep charcoals & greys. As in Kahn’s painting, Teddy’s play on saturation is surprising and endearing; allowing him to refine his approach to modern American fashion: rooted in classicism but resolutely fresh, energic and confident.

Key pieces include a relaxed suit in traditional Black Stewart with matching shirt and wool bomber. Icons are animated in rich tones of cobalt including a Melton peacoat and coordinating single breasted suit and elevated with supple leathers and suedes pieces including chore coats, fringe jackets and blazers.

The Maine inspiration re-enforces the brand’s already strong knitwear game with Nordic yoke sweaters in winter whites, oversized black and white fair isles and Teddy’s take on traditional Maine fisherman cabled sweaters in rich cashmeres with signature tones of cobalt and charcoal.

When styled and shot the collection nods to punk and the “buffalo movement” from the 90’s, circling back to Teddy’s immutable formula: American classics that capture modern American life; equally influenced by East and West Coast with strong synergies to European discernment.
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