Born Pheng Lim, Phillip Lim is an American fashion designer of Chinese descent. He co-founded 3.1 Phillip Lim with his friend and business partner Wen Zhou, becoming the company’s creative director in the fall of 2005. Lim has garnered both critical and commercial success with his eponymous line. The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Lim the 2007 award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear for his work at 3.1 Phillip Lim. In 2012, he was awarded the Council’s Swarovski award for Menswear.
Phillip Lim admits that he enjoyes the craft of making clothes – the skills involved, the slow process of a stitch. Lim finds inspiration in cooking as well as in music.
Phillip Lim recalls that seeing his pieces featured in Barneys’ windows in his very first season was a pivotal moment in his career.
3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2011 runway