Meet The Designer Richard Chai
New York native Richard Chai began his fashion career in the design studio at French powerhouse brand Lanvin.
From there he joined Donna Karan as a designer for the DKNY and D collections.
From 1998 to 2001, he was the Design Director for the Marc Jacobs’ men’s and women’s collections and helped develop the launch of the Marc by Marc Jacobs men’s line.
Two years at TSE followed, where Chai was the first Creative Director to oversee all TSE brands and divisions. After this series of career-building positions, Chai branched out to develop his own Richard Chai collection.
Through his experiences at some of the world’s most influential fashion houses, Chai developed a keen eye for detail, a reverence for architectural design elements and a strong belief in the importance and value of the construction of clothes.
Both with his own collection and in his work for his former employers, Richard’s experience has been heavily layered with intense partnerships in design, marketing, merchandising and sales to create a cohesive approach to brand-building and retail driving initiatives.
While balancing his own brand’s responsibilities, Chai has also managed to partner with brands on various consulting opportunities. These have included a multi-year consulting creative director
position with Onward Kashiyama in Japan, an accessories development with Filson and a capsule collection with Penguin. Additionally Richard’s Go International collaboration with Target utilized his strengths in design married with licensing direction (with partner Li + Fung).
In June 2010, Richard was named Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Awards. He was selected as a finalist for the 2008 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards for womenswear and the winner of the 2005 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award.
Richard lives in New York City.
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