NY Asian Women Designers on the Move


 SHAMINA RAI  |   Feature Reporter and News Producer, PIX 11 News

Shamina Rai is a lifestyle reporter for the Emmy Award winning newscast, PIX 11 News - in New York City.
She began her career as a health producer for the station, focusing on a wide range of reports, including the latest in health, beauty and lifestyle news. She has also produced segments for the Emmy Award winning and nationally syndicated health show, the Dr. Steve Show.
Shamina's on-camera debut began on the website for pix11.com, where she focused on "Best of NYC" feature and lifestyle news. Her television debut began in early 2012, covering lifestyle stories including women's health, beauty and fashion. Throughout her career she has interviewed a wide range of people from A-list celebrities to everyday folks making a difference in the lives of others.
Born to Bangladeshi parents, Shamina is a native to Brooklyn, New York, where she currently resides. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Print Journalism from Brooklyn College.


Description: cid:7DB85BDE-8731-49AE-93F5-1602F573D431@nyc.rr.comRYO LIU   |   Creative Director and Co-owner of Pinkyotto

Ryo Liu was born in Taiwan. From the very beginning, Ryo had an intense passion for design, which she has studied since the age of fifteen. Upon turning sixteen, Ryo began her runway modeling career; it was then that she became immersed in the world of high-end, international fashion.

Ryo went on to study fashion in undergraduate school, which ultimately brought her to New York City where she earned her Master in Fine Arts at Pratt in Communication Design.

Noticing a void for edgy yet elegant and affordable fashion, Ryo envisioned a fun-filled, charming space where girls could shop at their leisure. 

Her “a-ha!” moment came in the shape of recreating her best friend’s closet; a space where any girl can amble in, browse and purchase one-of-a-kind pieces.  Curated with a lovingly thought out aesthetic, Ryo fills this closet with whimsical clothing featuring distinctive design details that evoke vintage and fashion-forward inspired styles with bold prints and unique cuts. 

A dichotomous edit, Pinkyotto offers something for everyone, from ultra-feminine dresses to tops that go from work to night on the town.  The Pinkyotto brand is ultimately reflective of Ryo’s own personal aesthetic and style.  

Description: cid:0CF6DEE1-923C-4EA1-AEF7-5FF19F0527CAKIM PHAN   |   Founder, CEO and Head Designer of Yumi Kim

Ever the budding fashionista, as a child Kim Phan was designing dresses and revamping vintage clothes while all her friends were still playing dress up. Her passion for fashion and design was steadfast and propelled her into a life of creative expression. She moved to NY to further her career in fashion, and shortly thereafter launched her contemporary namesake clothing line, Yumi Kim. (Yumi after her beloved yorkie).

The brand is inspired by Phan’s personal aesthetic, vintage accents and silhouettes, with a touch of funk and urban femininity.  A lover of flowers, Phan incorporates floral patterns and color schemes in many of her designs. 

In Fall of 2008, Phan opened her first flagship store in New York’s hip Lower East Side; followed by an Upper East Side location to cater to both styles of the Downtown and Uptown girl.  

A near replica of Phan’s closet, the boutique is a medley of her favorite accessory designers, and cool vintage finds, mixed with handpicked home gifts that accompany the entire Yumi Kim collection. 

“I wanted the Yumi Kim shops to be a direct reflection of my personality and style: fun and flirty with bits of quirkiness and hip appeal,” said Phan.  “When you’re in the Yumi Kim boutique, I want it to feel like you are with your best friend who always has great style.”

Yumi Kim, an editor favorite, can be found on Hollywood’s hottest starlets and stylish girls worldwide.  The collection can be found in premium boutiques and department stores across the globe.


Description: http://www.fashionwindows.net/images/2010/09/amrita_singh.jpg AMRITA SINGH   |   Jewelry Designer, Amrita Singh

The jewelry designs of Amrita Singh fuse Old World aesthetics with New World fashion, resulting in breathtakingly unique, wearable works of art.  Studying the intricacies of Indian art through travel and extensive independent work, Amrita draws upon the designs of India and the Mughal dynasty to create artisanal Indian jewelry and accessories.

Amrita graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and also completed the prestigious two year executive training program at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. She has worked with world-renowned designers such as Oscar de la Renta and Christian Lacroix in the pursuit of fashion. Recognized by her fellow designers for her achievements, Amrita was nominated by FGI (Fashion Group International) for the Rising Star Award in the Fine Jewelry Category in 2006, 2007 and 2008.


TINA TANG   |   Jewelry Designer, Tina Tang

I’m Tina Tang, a jewelry designer who loves to make stuff with my hands.

I love handbags, pecan pie, opera, and techies. 

Once a Goldman Sachs equities trader for nearly 5 years, I listened to the advice of my 7 year old self, who designed stickers and prom dresses, and left stocks to design with rocks. 

I make it all here in New York City.



MIHEE COE   |   Founder and Designer, TOTO

The idea for TOTO handbags was born after Mihee realized there was just no such thing as a stylish, functional real leather bag at a reasonable price.  Coe gave up her investment banking job when she found the opportunity to open a store in Grand Central Terminal, then undergoing its renovation.  When she opened her handbag and accessories store in the Terminal's Lexington Passage, she was a pioneer -- one of the first stores open there, amid clouds of dust and the din of construction.  Today you can get your own TOTO bag at the store is in Grand Central Terminal in the Lexington Passage (212-661-4499) or at the new, bigger store on Third Avenue at 60th Street (212-223-2341), across the intersection from Bloomingdales.










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