Spotlight on Phillip Lim, Nominee for Swarovski Award for Menswear


2011 Nominee for:

Past Honors:
Winner, 2006, Fashion Group International “Rising Star”
Finalist. 2006 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award
Winner, 2007 Swarovski Award for Womenswear
Finalist, 2007 Fashion Design Award of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
Runner-up, 2007 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award


Phillip Lim did not set out to be a fashion designer. While studying finance at California State University of Long Beach, he quickly realized was less on the bottom line and more on the hem line. After an internship-turned-design assistant job with Katayone Adeli, Lim launched Development and after four years, he left the West Coast for New York to launch 3.1 Phillip Lim. He launched menswear in 2007 following his raison d’etre of making beautiful clothes with added touches of madness, striving towards the imperfection.

Five Questions

What were you doing when you heard about your award?
“I was in Barcelona on business – it was such a thrill to hear the news from so far away!”

What career did you want when you were 16? If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

“I wanted to race Homer[sic] Pigeons! I had a small flock and was training them when I was 16!”

Who is your fashion idol? Whose work do you admire?

“There are too many people in this world whom I admire to mention…the list is quite literally endless!”

Who is your biggest fan?

“I haven’t met them yet, but when I do it will be a pleasure.”

Who are you taking as your date to the Awards?
“Someone who I can really enjoy the evening with.”

Photo credit: But Sou Lai