by Stephen Garner

New York-based genderless streetwear brand Private Policy has opened an exhibition in collaboration with photographer Shxpir Huang during New York Fashion Week. Open to the public on September 9th and 10th from 10:00 AM through 7:00 PM, the exhibit is located in a gallery space at 345 Broome Street.

The space highlights the photography series shot by Huang in conjunction with the brand’s first-ever pop-up store with exclusive pieces available for purchase. Some of the exclusive product includes a silk slip dress with ring detail in pink and black ($370); a silk tank top with a cross straps and ring detail in pink and black ($270); and a white tee with 3M reflective “Born Free” Chinese character graphic ($155). From the brand’s signature PXL checked print collection, socks ($30), caps ($95), bikini top in green and black ($115), and matching bikini bottoms ($105) are also available.

Inspired by the tradition of an Asian-American family dinner, an integral meeting place that brings together older and younger generations, the photo series showcases their cultural importance in Asian-American life while spotlighting Private Policy’s spring/summer 2020 collection. Entitled Family Dinner, each image speaks to the varied emotions found at these gatherings including tension, heartache, disagreement, and love. The dinner table can be a battlefield where the progressive Asian-American youth collide with their conservative and traditional elders.

Expanding on the brand’s DNA of addressing socio-political messages with their collections, Private Policy takes a step further with this exhibition in introducing a cultural concept often not seen where generational ideologies clash within the Asian American families. The display sets a tone to introduce the brand’s followers to the often-undiscussed family dynamic through art and fashion, touching upon LGBTQ and gender equality issues.

“We want to connect to our audience on a deeper level and would like them to understand a side of our culture that is oftentimes not seen,” said Siying Qu, designer of Private Policy. “We hope to shed light on the internal family struggle where new ideas come face to face with old traditions and the struggle of growing up with assimilating into the American culture outside of the traditional Chinese values. We’re also excited to open the event to the public and invite everyone to experience our vision!”