Successful Asian Fashion Brands Will there ever be one? This question was recently asked on different sites, but really nobody came close to actually give any decent answer to that question. Our site do not pretend to be fashion lavel expert, however, we do follow the action a little bit from time to time, so here is our idea about fashion brands and Asian designers
What we can call the first group of designers who became internationally prominent was Japanese. In the early 1980’s, these fashion designers and their own labels were introduced to the international scene. They had new and innovative designs. Some of the designers made it to Paris, like Hanae Mori of Hanaew Mori, Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons, Issey Miyake of Pleats Please by Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto of Y’s, and Kenzo Takada of Kenzo who moved from Japan to Paris a ready in the mid-’60s
Asia is more important than ever. It has become the world’s biggest retailing market. All the well-known Western fast-fashion icons are represented here. Another notable trend is Asia‘s embrace of homegrown apparel. Japan-based Uniqlo is now the largest apparel chain in Asia, where it is opening an average of two new stores a week
RAOUL is a homegrown Singaporean fashion wear started by a dynamic husband and wife team. The brand started as a men’s shirt label, branching out to womens-wear in response to demand for affordable tailored pieces with uncompromising standards of design and quality
The second group of Asian brands and designers to become famous all had roots in China, Korea, Taiwan or other parts of the continent. Alexander Wang is of Taiwanese origin and raised in California. Jason Wu is Taiwan-born designer, raised in Canada and based in New York. Derek Lam is a fourth-generation Chinese-American designer based in New York. Philip Lim has Chinese parents and working out of New York with his label 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Born and raised in the San Francisco area, Peter Som‘s architect parents are of non-Western descent. Prapal Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. The New York fashion collaboration of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, Tibetan and Korean, respectively, in their origins and founders of Opening Ceremony concept
The legendary Jimmy Choo of Malaysian origin, first made his mark when Vogue featured his shoes in a record 8-page full back in 1988. Yeoh Lee Teng Chinese-Malaysian, found enormous success in America who is celebrated and widely accepted by her ever-growing fan base
JETRO, or the Japan External Trade Organization, is a government-related organization that works to promote mutual trade, including fashion products