Rong Jake Chen

Rong Jake Chen

Graedance           FW Collective            h-ours



What is Chinese Residency (Xiao Ke x Zi Han) via Arthouse 2021
Creative Victoria Grant Recipient 2020
International Woolmark Prize (Australian Finalist) 2018
National Designer Award (Finalist) 2018
Lane Crawford Creative Call Out Australia (Winner) 2018
International Woolmark Prize (Australian Finalist) 2017



Lecturer – Masters of Fashion Entrepeurship – RMIT 2021
Fashion Journal – Meet the Australian Project Using Creativity to Get Through 2020 (h-ours project 02 resilience recap) 2020
Fashion Journal – Interview – How one designer found success in Australian fashion, without ever attending fashion school  
Australian Fashion Council – Export Pathways to China (Speaker) 2020
Elle – Interview – Coronavirus and the Future of Fashion 2020
Melbourne City Council – Entering China (Speaker) 2020
Entrepreneurship Lecturer – University of Canberra 2020
Naf Naf x Jonathan Liang Collaboration 2019
Australian Fashion Council – Meet AMXANDER
Smart Podcast – Made in China
GQ China – Interview – AMXANDER’s Spring (Chinese)
The Woolmark Company Naturally Inspiring Speaker 2018
LVL3 – Interview
Lane Crawford x Jonathan Liang Global Exclusive Capsule 2018
Broadsheet – Spring Trends
Harper’s Bazaar – VAMFF National Designer Award Finalists
ABC – Feature – Chinese Australian Artists
Broadsheet – Interview – With Disdain for Conservative Menswear
Vogue – Woolmark Prize Nominees
Fashion Journal – Future of Menswear in Australia
GQ – A New Way with Wool: 4 Labels Representing A New Era of Menswear
Uniqlo UT Feel the SEA SS15 Design 2015
Uniqlo UT Feel the SEA FW14 Design 2014
Masters of Management/Marketing – University of Melbourne 2012
MM Grande Ecole – HEC Paris 2012




Working on an amalgamation of design journey with the launch of Graedance: a concept that explores the expansive space between black and white – the grey area. Launching 2022 in a limited capacity, to celebrate the wayward individuals who challenge conformity.

Most recently, I’ve completed a project exploring the impact of COVID19 on the supply chains of Australian independent labels. Utilising existing resources from these firms to create meaningful objects that reflect the vast experiences and emotions many have encountered during 2020. The project is called 02 resilience and is part two of my community orientated projects platform called h-ours.

Consulting on select projects in market development as part of Forward Collective.

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