The Zen Routine of Columbus Park’s Elderly Chinatown Regulars
Berlin-born director Alexa Karolinski teamed up with design duo Zoe Latta and Mike Eckhaus to capture a group of Chinatown residents’ impressive daily morning work out in New York’s Columbus Park. The trio were initially looking for tai chi talent to star in a fashion film for Latta and Eckhaus’s burgeoning fashion label—Eckhaus Latta—when they stumbled upon the band of Chinese seniors and became mesmerized by their elegant routine. For the past 30 years the group has gathered daily to practice luk tung kuen, a specialist Chinese form of exercise. Before shooting, Latta and Eckhaus brought a selection of their label’s pieces to the park for the women to pick and mix with their own clothes, and the duo were delighted to see the importance of fashion was not lost on them.