Hello everyone! My name is Chieh and I’m the Senior Design Director over Suits/Sportswear/Casual/ and Outerwear. I’m thrilled to be a part of a design team that gets to work with some of the most amazing design leaders who are making fashion dreams a reality!
Making those dreams a reality oftentimes takes me around the world. I head to Europe twice a year for inspiration, where I work w/ mills from around the globe looking for the newest fabrics; I shop the local stores and vintage markets, and check out the latest exhibits. I also fly to Asia a few times a year to work closely with vendors and factories overseas as well as with the team in Asia – this is where the sketches come to life and new ideas can be born. Ann works with some of the best factories and mills from all around the world, so it’s always very exciting to see what they’re cooking up!
It’s equally just as exciting to be living in NY – one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The inspiration here is endless, museums, shops, local markets, restaurants, theater…and the people – just walking around the city and seeing what everyone’s wearing is enough to fill a sketch book.
For me, a typical day here at Ann is, well, never typical! I’m usually working on 4 seasons at once: I could start the morning fantasizing about next year’s fabric and silhouettes, then I may spend the early afternoon fitting styles for the current season, and depending on the calendar, I could be working on ideas and sketches or reviewing samples (and sometimes fixing them!) for the upcoming season. It’s always very exciting here, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But at the end of the day, the best part of working at Ann is, without a doubt, the people I work with every single day. They not only inspire and challenge me but they make me a better designer and person. You can meet other Ann Taylor associates in our Ann@Work series here!