Seamstress extraordinaire and high-end designer Trang Nguyen is one to watch
A love for drawing at the young age of 7 served as the catalyst for designer Trang Nguyen’s passion for sewing. By middle school, she was crafting garments by hand, and when the time to enter high school rolled around, Nguyen received her first sewing machine from her brother. Despite her parents’ insistence that she channel her energy into pursuing medicine or other occupations, Nguyen went on to study Fashion Design at Lindenwood University.
Professors and peers alike recognized Nguyen’s talent and sewing skills, and she received multiple awards for outstanding work during her time at Lindenwood. Nguyen’s competency as a seamstress was supported by her perfect scores in classes that required such work. Her raw talent culminated when she received the award for “Most Promising Designer” from the university, proving the young Nguyen as a force to be reckoned with.
The diagnosis of a bone tumor after graduation brought Nguyen’s plan to launch her line to a halt. She quickly underwent surgery and had to spend six months away from sewing to recover. Even in the face of this setback, Nguyen came back to her craft with newfound fervor, and restarted work on her line in 2012. She made visits across the West Coast to places like California and Arizona, where she participated in fashion shows and broadened her knowledge on manufacturing. After those experiences, it provided her a better sense of direction in which she wanted to take her business.
Nguyen’s strong background as a seamstress is prevalent in her clothing designs. A keen eye for detail and a meticulous hand serve as the backbone for her classic and elegant garments. Her aesthetic allows the clothing to speak for itself, letting the art of the craft shine through. Everything is done in-house, reflecting Nguyen’s particular and detail-driven process. She also practices a more sustainable and eco-conscious form of sewing, never allowing leftover materials go to waste. Oftentimes, she gives these scraps new life as smaller accessories.
Ambitious and driven, Nguyen consistently sets new goals for her designs and growing her business. Currently, her showroom located on South Grand in Saint Louis, MO hosts customers on a by-appointment-only basis. She also utilizes the online Etsy platform to sell bridal accessories, and would like to permeate the bridal wear industry with her custom designs in the future.
Nguyen has dreams of opening a more accessible brick and mortar store where customers can purchase ready-to-wear pieces, along with expanding her online presence, allowing more people to purchase her high-quality handmade garments.
Written by Sarah Thompson.