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3.1 Phillip Lim – The Refinement of Design

In only a few short years, designer Philip Lim has quickly risen as a darling of the fashion industry, known for his high-end apparel that is affordable to those that love refinement in the sartorial. His aesthetic and mantra to fashion has entranced the fashion realm in quick succession, and he has only just begun.

Born in 1973 in Thailand to Chinese parents, his family immigrated to California while he was a toddler, where he grew up surrounded by fashion as his mother was a seamstress. Lim entered school intent on a degree in business, but switched to home economics and began to learn the fine details of design. His first steps in fashion began in 1999 in Los Angeles for the company development in the womenswear division. Within five years, Lim decided to leave and found his own company, 3.1 Philip Lim, which has quickly emerged as an entity of note in the fashion world. Currently, his lines encompass womenswear, menswear, a children’s line, swimwear, and even an eco-friendly ‘green line’. This type of quick expansion is proof that the Lim aesthetic is one that has a strong hold in the fashion industry already, with even further room for growth.

The Lim Approach to Design

There is a reason behind Philip Lim’s runaway success in the fashion industry. He mantra of simple, yet refined clothes with a pinch of the avant-garde embody a sense of style that men and women can relate to. His offerings are described as chic, cool, and confident, with a refined essence that resonates across concrete jungles all over the world. In a nutshell, his aesthetic looks effortless, yet flawless simultaneously. These descriptions from critics have led to immense coverage of his apparel and as his name continues to spread, so does interest. The laid-back attitude and approach to his design ideology has not gone unnoticed. Lim has already won several awards for his designs, including a few from the CFDA. Lim appeals to his customers in other ways as well, eschewing social media and instead avoiding any overt publicity. By doing so, the attention is where it should be, solely on his creations, which are affordable and speak for themselves. In fact, they have spoken so loudly that it has become impossible not to hear the praise.

The Focus Is On Creation

What sets Philip Lim apart from other up and coming designers at the moment is the air of sophistication he lends to his label and to the clothes he creates. Beautiful pieces speak volumes, and his clothes make the wearer feel secure, confident, and bold, with a bit of an edge. This understated sartorial brilliance is what has kept his name trending over the course of the last few seasons, and as interest continues to grow, it is only a matter of time before he joins the upper echelons of fashion is considered an icon in one of the most competitive industries in the world.

– Triston (@Triston212) is a performance artist and journalist exposing the latest in fashion across concrete jungles internationally.

Triston is an American jetset performance artist, writer, event organizer, and activist based in Europe. As a freelance journalist, he has covered both the underground and mainstream aspects of the arts, culture, music, entertainment, travel, fashion and Fashion Week in several cities, including New York, London, Berlin, Istanbul, Sydney, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to name a few. He has been published in The Huffington Post, Trespass (London), Adaras Magazine (Miami) as well as featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, Washington Post, Turkish Huriyet and other on-line and print magazines in the U.S. and internationally. He recently released his memoir on life in Europe, 'Heaux Confessionals'. As a solo performer and with his band $kandal Du$t, he has toured in some of the world's most renowned clubs, simultaneously maintaining an underground renaissance, blurring the lines of all that is traditional and leaving his indelible, and ultimately unforgettable impression. There is no divide.

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