Monday, May 7, 2007
One Cambodian who is making big waves in his chosen profession is New York fashion designer Phillip Lim. His clothes are sold in hundreds of stores in 26 countries worldwide and his catwalk successes make his dresses a target for major fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle and are worn by Scarlett Johansson, Lucy Liu and Kate Hudson amongst the rich and famous. He arrived in San Diego after he, five siblings and his parents escaped from Cambodia in 1975 by boat and fled to a Thai refugee camp. Lim, 33, graduated in fashion in 1997 and has enjoyed great success with his two companies, Development and now 3.1, earning rave reviews as New York's newest fashion star and a turnover of $30 million, with his first store opening this July. However, his choice of profession didn't go down well in all quarters, particularly with his mother, as he explains: "She was a seamstress so she was very disappointed and said, 'I can't believe we're sending you to school so you can learn how to sew.' " It didn't turn out too badly Mom! To read more of the Phillip Lim story, click on comments.