Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Quiet American - Phillip Lim

I enjoyed reading Phillip Lim's interview with Style, I think it's quite insightful - unlike most of his fellow designers.

Seen as quite but I respect him even more after reading this interview, it's not everyday you find a fashion designer not desperate for attention. He didn't present his first year and didn't start showing till the year after that; he also did not he attend any of his show till, that's learning through the process of growth. Now, he's leading and making a brilliant turn-over.

More of his interview with Chris Wallace below... {If only more could learn from the good in going steady to turn up top}

Phillip Lim hasn't had the fanfare that's attended some of his higher-profile peers in New York. That hasn't stopped him from building a business that's taking over the world

Thirty minutes before his show, Phillip Lim sits alone in the empty stands. He has already told me, half jokingly, that he has never been to one of his own shows. "I see the pictures and video afterward," he says. So this is the closest he'll get to seeing the room, feeling the vibe. Of all the stages in a season, from concept to creation to presentation, this tiny window is the only part Lim doesn't love. "I hate it," he says, "the waiting."

Soon, nearly six hundred people will stream into Moynihan Station, a former post-office building a stone's throw from Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Thirty-nine models will dash from the hair and makeup tables into the dressing tent and emerge ninety seconds later, fully dressed, to line up single file behind a white curtain at the edge of the show space. But if Lim is nervous, I can't tell. Maybe it's the Californian in him. A distinctly Pacific calm breezes about the Orange County native, though that could just be the truckload of pink rock salt that covers the runway nearby. Amid this fog of dust and what should be chaos, Lim is confident, easy—you might even say Zen. (His preferred gift for friends is a book on wabi-sabi, a Zen Buddhism school of aesthetics that chimes with his own instincts.)

The calm demeanor belies just how big the stakes have become for Lim, professionally. Now in its eighth year of business, the company is projecting $85 million in revenue for 2013. New opportunities and new collaborations are knocking: NARS, with which he's launching a nail polish, and Target, which this fall debuted his capsule collection. (The result of five years of courtship by the retailer, it earned Lim the first congratulatory call he ever received from his mother.) Though he may act cool, his business is unequivocally hot.

Full interview HERE

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