Phillip Lim

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Phillip Lim
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Phillip Lim in his spring 2009 collection
Pheng Lim

16 September 1973 (1973-09-16) (age 48)
Occupationfashion designer
3.1 Phillip Lim

Phillip Lim (born September 16, 1973 as Pheng Lim[1]) is an American fashion designer of Chinese[2] descent whose parents immigrated to America from Thailand during the Cambodian genocide.[3] Lim co-founded and worked at the Los Angeles-based fashion label Development from 2000 to 2004. In the fall of 2005, he co-founded 3.1 Phillip Lim with friend and business partner Wen Zhou, becoming the company's creative representative.

Lim has garnered both critical and commercial success with his eponymous line. The Council of Fashion Designers of America awarded Lim the 2007 award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear for his work at 3.1 Phillip Lim.[4] In 2012, he was awarded the Council's Swarovski award for Menswear.[5]

3.1 Phillip Lim[edit]

3.1 Phillip Lim
FounderPhillip Lim and Wen Zhou
HeadquartersNew York City
Key people
Phillip Lim, creative director
RevenueUS$60 million (projected 2011)[6]
3.1 Phillip Lim gold jacket with black buttons, 2010.

3.1 Phillip Lim[7] is Lim's fashion label. It is projected to have sales of US$60 million in 2011.[6]


For the line's fall 2006 collection,[8] Lim aimed to "inject some 'street elegance' " into his designs. Laird Borrelli of Vogue praised his work as a "pretty-but-cool clothes" that "don't try too hard".

Lim's spring 2007 collection,[9] His first runway show was praised as "lovely" by Nicole Phelps of Vogue, who said Lim proved himself to be an "accomplished tailor". His clothes were romantic and predominantly white, with occasional navy and floral elements. Phelps noted Lim's "knack for combining the dressy and the casual", saying that "Lim knows how fashionable women want to dress".

The line's fall 2007 collection was inspired by socialite Edith Bouvier Beale and meant to embody what Lim called "pedigree minus prudence".[10] In what Phelps described as Lim's "most ambitious collection by far", Lim showed prep-school plaids and debutante-inspired dresses.

For his Resort 2008 collection,[11] Lim revisited his standby motifs.

His fall 2009 was inspired by the youthquake movement of the 1960s in England. Lissie Trullie's band performed live on his runway.

In its fifth year the brand, known for its effortlessly chic and youthful elegance, has seen immense critical and commercial success with stores in New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Seoul.

On September 15, 2013, Lim's collaboration with retail chain Target debuted to select Target stores in the United States of America, and Canada. The fall collection included both women's and men's apparel and accessories ranging in price from $19.99 to $299.99.

Lim initiated a collaboration with scientists, including Charlotte McCurdy, to create fashion accessories and materials from algae and other lab-grown materials.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

He lives in Manhattan.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Phillip Lim". Voguepedia. Vogue. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  2. ^ Bee-Shyuan Chang (September 14, 2011). "Phillip Lim: "We Live By The Dress, We Die By The Dress"". Mansueto Ventures. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Amy Larocca. "Mr. In-Between". New York magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  4. ^ Jane Keltner. "Designer Bio: Phillip". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  5. ^ "CFDA 2-12 Awards". CFDA. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
  6. ^ a b Ulara Nakagawa (7 Jan 2011). "Asian-American Fashion Wave". The Diplomat. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  7. ^ 3.1 Philip Lim Fashion Designer
  8. ^ Laird Borrelli (2006-02-07). "3.1 Phillip Lim (Fall 2006 Collection)". Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  9. ^ Nicole Phelps (2006-09-10). "3.1 Phillip Lim (Spring 2007 Collection)". Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  10. ^ Nicole Phelps (2007-02-04). "3.1 Phillip Lim (Fall 2007 Collection)". Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  11. ^ Nicole Phelps (2007-07-03). "3.1 Phillip Lim (Resort 2008 Collection)". Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  12. ^ "This Phillip Lim Sequin Dress Is Made Out of Seaweed". InStyle. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  13. ^ Spellings, Sarah. "Growing Sequins and Sneakers in a Lab". Vogue. Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  14. ^ Bee-Shyuan Chang (September 14, 2011). "Phillip Lim: "We Live By The Dress, We Die By The Dress"". FAST COMPANY. Retrieved July 7, 2018.

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