NINH NGUYEN was born and raised in Paris, France, and moved to Texas when he was only 9. He has spent over 10 years working in the fashion industry living in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Now he resides in Saigon, Vietnam, where opportunities in Asia are endless.
Ninh is a two-time scholar of the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and has won Best Menswear for the Arts of Fashion Competition. He graduated from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology and debuted his first collection during NYFW in February of 2011.
“Dressing is a way of life,” said Yves St. Laurent. Dressing well has become his life. Even though he has always had a keen sense of style, and unlike many who claim to be born to design, his epiphany only came later in life when he realized that he has always set trends with a profound love and respect for fashion.
Like Giorgio Armani, he studied biology. It gave him knowledge of the human anatomy, allowing him to fit and understand better the proportions of the male figure. His study of psychology combined with his flawless assimilation of the Vietnamese, French, and American cultures and languages will translate to a rapid and thorough understanding of his target market. “I’ll spot and generate trends and create more universally successful designs that answer the needs and wants of my customers.”
To pursue his dream instead of walking the established path denotes a deep understanding of who he is, of what it takes to succeed, and of his absolute affection to his vocation. It took courage, determination, and dedication to devote himself to this passionate obsession which has destined to become his life. He echoes Issey Miyake: “Design is not for philosophy -- it’s for life.”
Men’s fashion is growing at a fast rate with leading designers racing to add lines to their ever-growing labels. It has become the focus for innovation and artistic style with sustainability and financial investment. Today’s man is more style-conscious than ever, and more willing to update and experiment with their wardrobe. This opens up new doors, giving designers more freedom to express their creativity.
“Dress without taste and they will remember the clothes. Dress with taste and they will remember the man.”