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Being from a very traditional Chinese-American family, my parents believed the only options to have a successful life were to be a doctor, a lawyer, an engineer or a business person.

Phillip Lim

I don’t have a life where it’s galas, posh affairs. It’s me, my dog and a sofa. And a TV.

Phillip Lim

I have always had a relationship with clothes.

Phillip Lim

I love crazy, gaudy bling.

Phillip Lim

I started in college as a business major and finally transferred to home economics and studied making clothes.

Phillip Lim

I think my parents were immigrants, you know, so I guess I would be first generation. Growing up in California.

Phillip Lim

I try to always have flowers in the house. I have a florist in Chinatown, and they deliver orchids every two weeks. I like living with living things.

Phillip Lim

I’m not such a public person.

Phillip Lim

I’m really a classicist at heart – with a bit of madness!

Phillip Lim

I’m shy.

Phillip Lim

I’m such a technophobe.

Phillip Lim

Just because you work in the fashion industry, it doesn’t mean you live your life in fashion.

Phillip Lim

My mother has become my daughter and I’ve become her guardian.

Phillip Lim

My mother was a seamstress, so making clothes was not something you would willingly go into.

Phillip Lim

There is a secret hippie within me.

Phillip Lim

When I say that I’m a businessperson and a dressmaker, it’s the truth. I run a business, and I make dresses, I make blouses.

Phillip Lim

When people ask about inspirations, and you’re like ‘oh, it was a flower or a mountain or a pony’, some people just think you’re insane. I’m worried to come across that way.

Phillip Lim

You can make jeans and a t-shirt super stylish. It’s what you make of it, you know?

Phillip Lim

You know, for myself, my personal journey has been a very fortunate one and I would say to people it’s like the stars lined up and the skies opened up and the sun shined and I met the right people – was at the right time. And, most importantly, you know I love what I do.

Phillip Lim

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