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Derek Lam

Derek Lam


Birth date: March 25, 1966
Country: United States
Brand Name: Derek Lam
Labels: Derek Lam
Other Product Lines: Shoes, jewelry, accessories, bags


Fashion was always a part of Derek Lam’s family life: his grandparents ran a garment factory that specialized in wedding gowns. By the mid-80s, Lam began his own fashion journey and after graduating Parsons The New School for Design worked as an assistant for Michael Kors. Four years later, in 1994, he moved to Hong Kong and worked as a designer for G2000 – a mainstream retailer. After returning to New York in 1998, Lam was named vice president of design for Kors by Michael Kors. In 2003, Lam launched his first collection under his own name. His designs are recognised as part of the American sportswear fashion movement. Since 2006, Lam also worked as Tod's creative director.

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Designer Facts

Fashion Facts: 

  • Two years after launching his own line, in 2005, Derek Lam won the Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for New Designers.

  • In 2007, he won a CFDA Award for Accessories Designer of the Year.

  • In 2010, Lam created a ready-to-wear line only available on eBay.

  • He collaborated with Kohl's retailer in 2013, and created a colorful mini collection inspired by Rio de Janeiro fashion.

  • Lam’s fashion philosophy and advice to those breaking into the industry is - “to enjoy the business, have fun with it, and never take things too seriously.”
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