Industry Tips & Style Secrets From Love Made Designer: Linda Nguyen

I sat down with Linda Nguyen from the all female fashion and lifestyle brand, Love Made. We talked about how she got her start in the industry, her favorite products, and everything else Love Made. Read our interview below:

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Is Love Made always a collaboration? Or do you plan to create your own product as well?

Yes! We are currently in the design & development process for our own line and plan to launch a Love Made collection  by 2016.  In the 5 years, we’ve kind of been all over the place designing everything from roller skates, shoes, candles, jewelry and clothing through our collaboration projects- now its time to hone in and  focus and design what we want for our own Love Made line. Check THIS LINK to see past collabs.

You do events as well! How do your events coexist with your designs? Or are they completely separate?

Love Made Designs and Love Made Events go hand in hand because our brand is based on the idea of collaboration and creating what you love. Love Made serves creative platform for us and the brands/people we work with. We love the idea of two separate forces coming together to create a design or event concept which means we are always partnering up with artists, designers, djs, motivational speakers, and brands . It keeps things fun and fresh.

We want our brand to inspire and empower other women whether it’s how badass you feel when you rock our designs or how motivated you feel after leaving one of our networking workshops.

What’s an event usually like?

We produce a women’s monthly business networking event called Love Made Me Do It where ladies get together, introduce who they are, what they do, and promote their business or project. We make it a point to switch up the themes every month, for example last month was Tech with General Assembly, this month its Fitness with Equinox Gym.

We also promote fashion/music related events like sample sales, launch parties, and retail events. Stay in touch with us  on instagram to get updates on all things Love Made 🙂 @lovemade

You have an all female team! Is there any reason for that particularly?

I have worked in an industry that is male dominated, so it inspired me to create a brand for ladies run by ladies. Plus theres something really amazing about a room full of motivated and creative women! Theres no cattiness in our world.

What’s your favorite item on the site right now if you could only pick one?

I love our black and white leather Fanny Pack! Its a great for festivals and when you don’t wanna fussy bag to carry around or look after.

Can you tell me a little bit of the thought process that goes into making a fun but functional product for packaging?

Well, I always try to incorporate our Geometric heart logo however I can in a way that is useful. For example the  Solestruck collab I made a heart shaped shoe box out of our heart and for our backpack we have a mirror in the shape of our heart under the flap.

What’s your personal style like? Does that translate into your projects?

I love structured silhouettes, geometric patterns, pastels, and neon. I’m inspired by artists like  Nagel and Alexander Calder . My personal style definitely translates into what I make for Love Made. My favorite designer is Alexander Wang .

Who is the love made girl?

She’s definitely independent, driven and creative. She knows what she wants and she owns who she is. She has her own personal style. I think our customer doesn’t rely on trends, she just knows what’s cool.

What are your 3 favorite fashion items right now?

My vintage polka dot Guess jeans, Neon Color Block Comme Des Garcons Wallet and my Goyard tote bag.

What are your beauty product necessities?

Kiehls facial scrub is the best exfoliating scrub ever! I love how fine the grains feel and a little goes a long way. Also, I’m a big fan of bright and pastel lipsticks, but it’s always hard finding a highly pigmented lipstick that doesn’t dry out your lips. Make Up Forever is one of my go to brands for lipstick. Oh, and I just started using The Wet Brush and I love it. It detangles your hair gently without snagging it.

What lead you down an artist path? How did you end up where you are today?

In 2002 I started hand making accessories using vintage gucci and LV bags. It got to the point where I would sell my designs right off my wrists on the streets! Once my designs sold in American Rag and Fred Segal , I became a lot more confident in my ability as a designer.

In 2003 I landed an internship at Obey Clothing where I learned all the fundamentals of technical design and production. From there I continued working in the industry designing for brands like Vans, Billabong, Burton, WeSC and Stussy. Some of the brands I  worked for were VERY mainstream, so a lot of creative ideas would get watered down. Love Made served as a creative outlet for me this whole time and since then I haven’t stopped 🙂

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