"BE DIFFERENT , BE UNIQUE, BE YOU" - Khang Le / Vietmamese-American designer.
As a young fashion designer and still in college , his collection is a combination between modern and Vietnamese Traditional, created a unique and classy taste that always stand out by Khangle.
Khang. Tell us ABOUT yourself.
I'm a young fashion designer that also a college student. I came to the USA 8 years ago from Vietnam and became a citizen. I worked hard and always want to be a designer since I was 4th grade. After high-school, I decided to reach my goals to become the first Vietnamese-American designer that has a high-fashion brand in US and international. After a long process of hard working, I'm proud of myself that I raised a lot of charity and helped the community, also colleges.
I started my model agency, trained the model and having my model team now (#TeamKhangle). When I started college in 2015, I made a big change as a president of the fashion club in Herkimer College and started to have two fashion shows every year in Herkimer. After that, I spread the relationship wider with the S.W.E.E.T (Women charity group in upstate NY) And got my interview in WKTV NEWS for raising money for Breast Cancer.
As a college student, I hope that I can use fashion as a way to deliver my message and whatever I have to the people around the country, whoever needed help so that I can raise money for them and also get people know my brand name.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Khang. Tell us about yourself, why you are passionate about what you do, and your journey so far.
I'm passionate about what I'm doing because being a fashion designer is not just a job, its also inside me, its my spirit and my inspiration.
I was the president of Fashion Club for two years by the time I was in Herkimer College and created total four fashion shows, went on the interview of WKTV upstate NY for raising money for breast cancer in 2016 by TRASHION FASHION SHOW using recycle materials.
My collection was the FINALE collection at SYRACUSE FASHION WEEK 2017.
Showcasing at W.A.L.K NYFW 2017
Fashion show director for Houston Texas Model Pageant.
DQ's North Carolina Fashion Show
And Rochester Fashion Week
Vietnam International Fashion Week in Sai Gon 2014 as an assistant.
And now I'm still working on my fashion line for upcoming opportunities.
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What are your goals and how do you see yourself progressing in the field Khang?
My goal is to successfully combine between modern fashion with traditional from Vietnam (Ao Dai). And always classy/elegant and especially different.
How do you communicate with people Khang? Are you patient? Are you friendly? How open are you to clients’ requirements?
I'm very confident with communication. I'm good at Social Media and love to talk in front of people.
If you had to do it over again, what would you change Khang?
I would take as much as opportunities as I can
Who is your hero Khang, and how have they helped you get to where you are?
My hero is God. Pray, and use his words to lead my life.
How important are creative education courses Khang? Have you taken any, and did you find them useful?
I was originally an art student. I took AP Studio I - II and drawing/painting classes in high school then went to college for fASHION Design. In my opinion, Life is a boring Black and White Painting without ART.
Do you have any tips for someone who is just starting out in the industry?
Yes, learn how to deal with the negative comments, and also learn to listen to everyone opinions.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives?
I'm working on my Model agency now. So I hope to be working on with more model and also model trainer like me, so we can grow together and learn from each other. Beside, having a team of hair/make up/ and the photographer is always a need.
Please add any photo credits for the photos you uploaded so that everybody can get recognised.
Photographer: @Marc Safran Photography
Hair: Alysha Marie
Makeup: Ashley Miller Hansen