I moved to the UK from Vietnam back in 1979. As a young girl, my family and I fled our home following the end of the war.
We travelled for a month to Hong Kong from where we were invited by the British Government to the UK. Once we had a chance to acclimatise, my mother found work as a seamstress. This is obviously where my love of fashion came from.
My working life in the UK started with a brief stint in finance, I then went on to have a family with 3 children and a dog. When I returned to work I decided to pursue a different avenue and an opportunity came to me in fashion production which I jumped at; this gave me the insight into the business side of fashion which would hold me in good stead when starting the label THREE FLOOR.
I launched THREE FLOOR in 2011, working from a studio in the heart of East London. I work closely with my dedicated and hard working THREE FLOOR team, they have become my extended family.
Did you ever sit down and plan your career?
I have a good work ethic which was instilled in me by parents as a lot of hard work goes into launching a fashion brand, many late nights spent perfecting the design process.
Have you faced any challenges along the way?
The road to success is always filled with challenges and obstacles, you just need to remember the goal you have set yourself and keep your head up.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
Founding THREE FLOOR and employing 12 people and seeing notable celebrities wear the label such as: Zendaya, Jessica Alba, Gigi Hadid, Olivia Culpo, Lydia Millen and Claudia Schiffer and Priyanka Chopra.
What one thing do you believe has been a major factor in you achieving success?
The support from my family has been paramount in my success as they have been with me every step of the way and I couldn’t have done it without them.
How do you feel about mentoring? Have you mentored anyone or are you someone’s mentee?
I think mentoring is very important. I would like to feel my role in the business is being a mentor to the team by giving them guidance and inspiration on a daily basis.
If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Equality, what would it be?
The first step in taking on a problem is to set attainable goals. For example, we can start by analysing and addressing the areas that need the most attention such as….
· More woman being recognised in fields that are stereotypically male dominant.
· Equal pay.
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?
Work hard… dreams do come true.
What is your next challenge and what are you hoping to achieve in the future?
Going more eco-friendly by embracing sustainability. And start giving back more.