SUK CHAI, DESIGNER (SCHAI)

FIELD: FASHON DESIGN, PR HOME: WA ZODIAC: SCORPIO


A. | How do you define yourself? 

Persistent and patient. Beyond creativity there is so much stuff that is out of your control that you have to be persistent and keep going for it and still be patient.  

A. | What is your work routine? What does your job entail? 

Everyday is different as an entrepreneur and as a designer. Lots of emails and a lot of hats every single day. I am everything from the janitor to the designer. Right now I am working on going out with my team to mills and asking for fabrics and then I will put on my planar hat and make the timelines for production. It is really rewarding to be able to do all of that and  a huge learning experience. 

A. | How did you become interested in being a fashion desinger? 

Before I started my own company I was at Nordstrom for 14 years. Through the years I had worked many late nights where I have seen the janitor come through and during the day had Bruce Nordstrom come through. I understand what all these different roles are and what they take and that is why I sort of know and wear so many hats. 

A. | What do you think are the most important traits in this industry?

Your heart has to be boiling for this for you to be able to exhaust yourself. Some people just want to be in it because it is glamorous. It is not. I came to where I am because I know that I cannot live without this. I recall the 13th year that I was in business and I started feeling the burnout, so I stopped working and told myself I wouldn't go back. At one point while I was in Nordstrom, I touched this cashmere coat and remember thinking, if I don't do this again, then I will die.

A. | What are you most proud of in your career?

That it survived and kept going.

A. | How does oppression and privilege influence people’s success in this industry? 

Oppression and privilege are big words. In terms of money or race I feel oppression and with that comes the most creative ideas—being the most efficient and using and stretching that dollar. In terms of privilege I have worked 17 years in the industry before starting my line so my privilege is my experience. 

A. | How do you define success?

There is definitely a financial factor to it. To me it is when there is an emotional connection to my line. I want to have that legacy of my brand.

A. | What makes a good team?

Synergy. 

A. | Any other advise? 

Behave yourself at all times. Don't say anything bad about anybody. Although it's an enormous industry it is also such a small one at the same time. It's not cool to diss other people. 


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