Rejina Pyo has been described as “the nicest woman working in fashion”—the highest possible accolade, trust us—but that’s only one of the reasons for her success. The designer specializes in the art of everyday dressing, an activity she describes “as both mundane and extraordinary.” When she was in her early 20s, after studying art at university in her native Seoul, she moved to London and enrolled at Central Saint Martins to earn a master’s degree in fashion. After nearly going broke to fund her own brand, she launched at London Fashion Week in 2014, and soon became one of its most-watched designers. In 2019, she won the Emerging Talent Award for Womenswear at the British Fashion Awards, and next week she reveals a collaboration with & Other Stories, where she uses high-quality silk and sustainable organic cotton and wool to create a smart range of pieces, with prices maxing out at $249. Did we mention that she also wrote a Korean cookbook with her husband, the chef and author Jordan Bourke? No wonder she has such a firm grasp on the good life. —Ashley Baker
Airline: Virgin Atlantic.
Airport: Incheon, in Seoul.
Bag: My Sonny bag.
Birthday: Cake and dancing.
Car: A Mercedes-Benz from the 80s.
Child: My son, Luka.
Life is too short.
Dress: The Mulberry halter midi dress from our co-lab with & Other Stories.
Enemies: Fear and anger.
Escape: Sri Lanka.
Family: Everyone in Korea.
Hotel: Heckfield Place, in Hampshire.
Last Meal: Korean food.
Nonfiction book: Outliers: The Story of Success, by Malcolm Gladwell.
Pants: Vintage beige leather trousers.
Piece of advice: “Trust your gut.”
Restaurant: La Paloma in Ibiza.
Ride: A surfboard.
Shoes: My Larissa sandals.
Spouse: Jordan Bourke.
Toast: Crunchy with nut butter.
Vacation spot: Puglia.
View: London as seen from the Members’ Room at the Tate Modern.
Wake-up time: My child decides!
Work of art: A Brancusi sculpture.