Lee Tran

Lee has always had a passion for the arts, focused mainly on drawing and painting. The discovery of fashion illustration is what led him into the world of fashion. Considering himself more of an artist than a designer, he always has the goal to create something beautiful. This passion led Lee to study abroad in London at the highly distinguished Central Saint Martins. Lee also had the honor of interning with J. Mendel in New York for their Ready-to-Wear department as a patternmaking intern. Here he was able to refine his patternmaking skills and gain indispensable knowledge of the high fashion industry. Having fallen in the love with New York and the fashion industry there, Lee plans on moving to New York to pursue his career in high fashion as either a designer or patternmaker. He plans to produce his own line of clothes, so make sure to keep an eye out for him.

Vivid is inspired by art and the techniques that go into its creation. Lee takes inspiration from brushstrokes, the gradation of colors from watercolors, and the deformed, organic lines used in drawings to create textures and shapes in his collection. He combines his inspiration with the love of working with his hands to develop custom fabric and embellishments. In Vivid, textures are created by meticulous hand pleating of the fabric, free hand embroidery appliques, hand dyed fabrics, and voluptuous layers of chiffon and organza. Lee has never been one to blend in with the crowd, and his line reflects that boldness.