MARYLAI New York


Designer Name:
Mary Lai

Label Name:
MARYLAI New York

Website:
http://marylai.com

“This is an excellent opportunity and I am thrilled to be able to showcase my handbag collection during Nolcha Fashion Week: New York.  What a great platform to highlight emerging designers and shine light on new talent.”

 

Background:
My background is Korean-American and I was raised in New Jersey then moved to New York after college. For the past 10 years after Art School I have been designing in the New York Fashion Industry for many coveted labels.  It was a great learning experience and at the end of 2012, I finally decided I was ready to launch my own handbag collection that is made in New York.  In June 2013, I was awarded the Independent Handbag Designer Award for the Best Handmade Handbag.  The collection continues to gain momentum and I am excited to continue to build this brand.

 

Vision
 Our vision is to build a healthy brand that women can connect to.

 

Signature Style
 Signature Style:  High quality meets ultramodern edge.

 

Influence
 I am strongly influenced by the art world.

 

Brand philosophy
 Be original and design a great product. We want women to have an emotional connection with the bags and love our designs.

 

Making it happen
Launching your own collection becomes your life.  Every day is about wearing different hats and tackling through all that needs to be done.  The journey sometimes can be a challenge but when you take a step back it is great seeing how far you have come.  I am thankful to my husband, family and friends that believe in me and help make it happen.

 

Celebrity crush
Joseph Arthur – he is an amazing musician & artist.

 

What does New York City mean to you?
 After traveling to many cities all over the world, New York City is always number one.  The energy, people and talent that are here in New York keep it thriving.  I am constantly inspired by this city.