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



Designer Rong Jake Chen On Embracing Identity With His Genderless Jewellery Label Graedance  2023
8 creative Australians on what originality really means to them  2023
Harper’s Bazaar – Interview – Boy Meets Girl: The Rise of Gender Neutral Jewellery 2023
Graedance – Launch 2022
Lecturer – Masters of Fashion Entrepreneurship – 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 jewellery concept that explores the expansive space between black and white that we of intersectional identities occupy – the grey area. Launched in late 2022 in a limited capacity, to celebrate the wayward individuals who challenge conformity.

Currently on working on creating further visibility for POC talent in fashion and modelling via project ‘04 macaque‘ of my creative and community projects arm, h-ours. Before this iteration, I’ve completed a project exploring the impact of COVID19 on the supply chains of Australian independent labels. Utilising existing dead-stock 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 was part two of h-ours.

Consulting on select projects in market development and strategy at my agency, Forward Collective, whilst continuing to provide gratis advice and consulting to young POC designers.

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