Where are your favorite places to source for Lily Koi?
Vietnam, Thailand and recently I have expanded to sourcing in Burma (Myanmar).
Tell us about your design/creative process?
My process is very organic. When I am sourcing, sometimes I will see a pattern or textile and I know instantly what I would like to create but most of the time, I just look for pieces that move me. Once I am back at my studio in Ho Chi Minh City, I layout my finds and begin by drawing patterns based on the usable dimensions of each piece.
What project are you most proud of so far? Why?
I am very proud of the talented seamstresses I work with. My team consists primarily “differently abled” women in Vietnam who work from their homes.
I also have great pride Lily Koi is creating a revenue source for the people in the small and remote villages in SE Asia. The additional income allows families to continue teaching their traditional farming, unique dying and weaving processes to their children.