A timeless future — as oxymoronic as this statement is, it holds truth for Hong Kong-based fashion brand and artist collective No Access.
Rooted and founded in their neon-clad hometown, co-founders Jason Frank and Pascal Snelling together with their creative collective, have taken homegrown nuances (and meaningful cliches) and paired them with a refined sense of casual-sportswear. Pursuing their creations with a philosophical approach, No Access defy the typical presentation expected from fashion brands; the word 'collection', for example, is something that doesn't exist in their brand repertoire — “we don’t really like the word collection as we feel like it confines us to a rule or time frame”, says Jason.
“We were kids growing up in the international community in Hong Kong where most people were into rugby and football, but we were more into art and therefore we felt like we were more tight knit in our own spot. We started off by doing one off pieces”, he continues, “in a screen print studio and giving them out to rappers for their music videos and performances in Toronto along with other pop-up events hosted by us or other creative groups in the city. We decided to officially launch the brand mid-2021 when we all came back to Hong Kong from University.”
Their recent line, or project, or collection is called The Hong Kong Glitch — the brand was inspired by the dystopian and cyberpunk appeal of the city, and Jason reminds us how ”everything is built in an organised chaos”.
Jason and Pascal explain to us, “No Access was never meant to be a cash positive business, but a creative collective where we could draw inspiration and creativity from those around us.” In appreciation of their commitment to art and design, their recent merch line focused more on the symbolism of the designs they chose, as opposed to settling on the most sellable ideas.
No Access’ The Hong Kong Glitch depicts the infamous Kowloon Walled City on a hoodie with their NA abbreviation mastered in 3D effect; a second hoodie is adorned by the protective status of the Guardian Lion, and a local Hong Kong taxi is rendered in 3D and wrapped in a first-of-its-kind 'oriental floral design' printed on the back of a long-sleeve tee, with a taxi metre leading the front. And finally, our favourite design is the Chinese medicine bottle, also on a tee.