"The Four Gentlemen (or the “Four Noble Ones”) is a centuries-old subject of Chinese art, in which a quartet of plants―plum, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum―represent both physical beauty and intellectual nobility. Whether a plum tree’s ability to yield hundreds of brilliant blossoms in the midst of winter, or bamboo’s enviable resilience (easily bending but resistant to breaking), they embody the best traits of all living things. This collection is my interpretation of, and tribute to, the elegant brushstrokes that define Four Gentlemen paintings, as well as their unifying message of perennial grace."
"According to Chinese and Japanese legend, tapirs are mystical creatures that come out at night to eat people's bad dreams. When I created the Four Gentlemen collection, this illustration of a tapir became its mascot, because the clothes represent the emergence of good fortune and happiness following a period of darkness."
Photos: Trevor Brady