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y budget to launch my collection at New York Fashion Week in February. Thank
fully, Lane Crawford and Labelhood provided me with support to showcase my coll
ection again at SFW. These two companies have been providing many opportunities for new designers to exh
ibit their works to the world,” says Hu, who graduated from Central Saint Martins and the Parsons School of Design.
“I never imagined that I would get so much attention for my first col
lection. Many top publications, such as Vogue and i-D magazine, professionals and buyers c
ame to view my collection. It surprised me that they aren’t ignoring new Chinese designers.”
Hu, who boasts experience working for major labels such as Tory Burch, DKNY and Alexander Wa
ng, adds that it is clear Chinese designers are now making a bigger impact in the global fashion scene than ever before.
“Some of my designer friends such as Angel Chen are active in diff
erent fashion weeks, receive support from intern
ational organizations and have even been nominated for many design awards,” she says.
Yang Guidong, who founded his Samuel Gui Yang label in 2015, shar
ed the same sentiment. It was the fifth time he was showcasing his creations at SFW.