Fashion has always been about self-expression and as a highly personal artform, fosters the perfect environment for diverse creativity and talents to emerge and share their voice with the world. Without this diversity, fashion wouldn’t be the same. You’re likely familiar with the likes of Jason Wu, Phillip Lim, Derek Lam, Joseph Altuzarra, Thakoon Panichgul, and Prabal Gurung who have studded the pages of Vogue and L’Officiel for decades, but what about the up-and-comers who are working their way to the top? Here are six Asian & Asian-American Designers to keep an eye on this year.
Uncovering his love for design at a young age, Danny Nguyen honed his craft under the teachings of his mother who was a tailor. Upon moving to America and settling in Houston, he uncovered a scarcity for handmade couture and began his atelier to share his passion with the world. Inspired by Asian culture, Nguyen’s designs are beautifully tailored with a close eye on detail. Catch Nguyen’s latest collection in our Fall/Winter 2021 Virtual Paris Fashion Week!
Founded in 2018 by Chinese-American designer Christina Tung in Brooklyn, SVNR was created as a union of ethics and aesthetics. Her sustainable manufacturing processes paired with her unique design make her upcycled jewelry and hand-dyed silks both stylish and eco-friendly.
Under the direction of designer Taka Kasuga, Veilance delivers a minimalist and functional menswear collection that touts technical design and modular garment engineering at its core. Incorporating a variety of performance-oriented fabrics and shapes into his collection, Kasuga offers the ability for today’s busy man to remain stylish and comfortable on the go.
Think ultra-trendy pieces with a rebellious nature and Sandy Liang is your go-to! From feminine babydoll dresses to fuzzy knits and all the edgy cutouts, this collection truly offers something for everyone. With her rising following in the industry, you may seen her pieces via stockists including Net-a-Porter, Shopbop and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Based in L.A., Alfeya Valrina’s ethically sourced handbags are handmade by local artisans with a mission of promoting fair labor standards in Indonesia. This traditional production technique makes each piece one-of-a-kind—and be sure to check out their collection of upcycled bags made from scrap materials from previous collections!
After studying fashion design in Seoul, South Korea and moving to L.A., Mijeong founded her clothing brand in 2015 comprised of timeless pieces for the modern woman. Mijeong Park combines modern silhouettes and a neutral color palette to reﬂect true California comfort. In an effort to give back to the community that supports her, a portion of all sales are donated to local elementary art programs.