Linda Nguyen is only 26 but her resumé reads like that of a veteran of the fashion industry. The Orange County, native is currently the women’s designer at Burton, the director of the Ladies Lotto Los Angeles chapter and is the founder/designer, event producer, graphic designer,and ninja for Lovemade—an events company and creative collective who supports other female professionals.
The ladies of Lovemade work on a variety of projects ranging from fashion styling, consulting, events, graphic/apparel design, and music. The team consists of designers, make-up artists, hair stylists, marketing/event coordinators, djs, photographers, and fashion consultants.
After the jump, see a time line of the journey Linda took to get to where she is today. Linda also shares with us a preview of the Fall ’08 collection she designed for B by Burton, plus a behind the scenes video of the shoot. Jump!
School: Junior college- no formal training. I taught myself how to use illustrator which is one of the main programs I use designing. I highly recommend “Illustrator for Dummies”!
1999: Launched L_ephunk events: worked mainly with indie hip hop
artists such as like Pep Love(Hieroglyhics), Blackalicious,
Aceyalone,Project Blowed, Visionaries, Beat Junkies.)
(At the time in Orange County- nothing was poppin off. My Dad owned a club venue called MVP so I saw it as an opportunity to start something for my friends and the community. I always like the idea of bringing people together with Music, Fashion, Art, and a good causes.)
99-02: L_ephunk still running as a monthly event. Attending College. Hustled for a couple years at Mixwell, Truth Anti Tobacco Campaign Tour, Stacks Vinyl Record store.
02: Started “Stencil”. An accessory line made by hand. (first real experience w/ fashion- dealt w/ buyers, opened accounts at American Rag , Fred Segal and other boutiques like GreyOne)
Hit up Obey for an internship when I found out they were in OC. Got promoted to women’s designer after 6 months.
03: Launched Obey Women’s Collection
05: Left Obey to work at Flip Skateboards (worst mistake ever) At the time, I was a little naive and took the Flip Job because of the money. I ended up being miserable, designing for a brand i couldn’t relate to. I was designing apparel for the youth skate market. Thats when I realized in order for me to be happy , I have to stick at what I love doing which was women’s apparel design.
05-06: Got Job at L-R-G. Helped launched their women’s line LUXIRIE.
Designed apparel and helped create Luxirie company Logo and slogan “labor of love”
Didnt work out as a full time job- currently assisting Luxirie with their ad campaigns.
06: Got an opportunity to work with Lauryn Hill as her fashion assistant. Traveled to South Africa.
Linda gave us a sneak peek of the Fall 2008 B BY BURTON apparel women’s collection she designed:
Model Tiana, sports Unorthodox. Amazing denim, skinny leg, hooded overalls (got all that?)…with a removable bib so you can rock the the piece as a jeans!
Truly unorthodox…and we like it!
Model Jamie Nyoy in Code 13. A nylon pull over windbreaker. It’s double hooded with a removable hood visor.
Model Jamie Bird, is wearing So Flossy. A leather & fleece bomber jacket with an over-sized collar.
It has a removable hoodie with a visor (see the image below) and hidden inside pockets.
All photography by: Peter Graham
Linda shares her inspiration behind the innovative B by Burton pieces she designed on the LoveMade blog.
You can also stay up with her on the LoveMade Myspace!
- Women Making History: Tammy of Lovemade
- B By Burton: Defining Your Own Style
- Lovemade x Royal Elastics, Miss Wax & New Clothing Line
- New Women’s Pieces At Burton Flagship Stores
- Stussy x Lovemade Heartbeat City First Look