Like me, Anna Sui has known she wanted to work in fashion since she was a tiny tot. My love of fashion came at the age of three, hers at four. Anna Sui moved to New York City from Detroit, Michigan to attend Parsons School of Design. While in New York, Sui hung out with Steven Meisel and models like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. They encouraged her to produce a fashion show after years of working out of her studio, and her brand exploded from there.
Her passion is an inspiration because she set her sights on what she wanted and didn’t stop until she accomplished them. Her determined nature has turned her whimsical designs into a multimillion dollar fashion, cosmetics, and fragrance empire. Hopefully my determined nature and passion for fashion will turn into a multimillion dollar media company too.
Her story is so interesting to me because Sui and her friends made it big in New York City. My friends and I are all trying to move to New York. We want to work in fashion and New York is where the fashion industry is based. Sui and I have basically made it our life’s mission to be involved with fashion in one way or another, but the fashion industry is going through changes.
Sui’s passion for fashion has also helped her devote a lot of time and effort to a cause that I feel strongly about. I can remember the first time I learned about the Garment District and how many jobs it created for people not just in New York, but around the world. It was once home to multiple factories, showrooms, designer headquarters, and hundreds of thousands of workers, but rising rent and unfair zoning practices have changed all of that. Spearheaded by Sui and other members of the fashion industry, Save the Garment Center is an organization that strives to do just that. To find out how you can help Save the Garment Center click here.Photo from source.