Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I knew at a young age I was meant to create. Growing up, I always admired my mother's traditional Laotian clothing and would stay up watching her sketch new ideas to revamp old dresses into something fresh. Although I didn't learn how to sew up until her middle and high school years, I grew out of her tomboyish days and grew an appreciation for the fashion industry and construction of clothing.
Enrolled to the apparel design program at The Art Institute of Portland the summer I graduated high school in 2008, I was eager to learn and gain skills to further my love for fashion and design. As the earlier college years passed, I continued working retail jobs while balancing classes but questioned if this was the right path for me. It wasn't up until I discovered the art of drapery - fabric sculpting naturally to the body - that I grew to love and knew I had to keep pursuing apparel design.
Flash forward to senior year, countless hours of work, and endless sleepless nights later: "Enlightenment" inspired by my traditional Laotian cultural and bohemian style, made its debut at The Art Institute of Portland's 2013 'Drawing The Line' Fashion Show as the grand finale. Experiencing fashion runway production only filled my passion for the industry more and more. In September 2013, I was the first of her family to graduate college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in apparel design.
My aesthetics to my designs are simply free spirited, detail oriented, and vibrant in color and texture. I have always been inspired by natural elements, tribal prints, rich earthy-tone colors, and my cultural background. My designs are a reflection of my boho-chic style and I seek to design comfortable yet effortlessly beautiful clothing. I visualize garments as a whole from head to toe and utilizes accessories to complete the look. I believe any woman is capable of doing anything they ever desired by being fearless in what sets their soul on fire, and I want to help make that connection with what they feel with what they wear!
As I continue to pursue her passion for design, I have gained over 12 years of retail sales and customer service and I've encountered many amazing career opportunities in Product Management, Allocation, Planning, Retail Buying, Visual Merchandising, and Apparel Design. I continue to be involved in Portland's local fashion community as a freelance stylist and progressive apparel designer, and continue to expand and build my network and expertise. With so much to learn and experience, I embrace every opportunity that comes my way and embark the journey to discover what is yet to come!