Let’s talk to very talented designers Huynh and Hai Long behind The Hulos. Let me start off with congratulating you on your success exhibition at Western Canada Fashion week.
What originally made you want to study fashion design?
Hai Long: Fashion is the bridge to bring Vietnamese, our beloved country’s culture to the world.
The Huy: Once, I saw a Vietnamese man being despised at a party in a foreign country because of his obsolete fashion. That event had driven me to study fashion design.
What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?
Many designers approach fashion by looking forward to its magnificence, but then lost themselves in it’s frivolously and flashy. In our opinion, fashion is not only talent itself, but also a demonstration of many skills and understanding in many aspects. A designer is also a psychologist, a politician, an architect, an economist, a scientist, and many other jobs. To exist in this industry, a designer need resolve and experience. After achieve both of those, we decide to start our career.
What was the first article of clothing you ever designed?
Our very first collection was called: ''Overcome Rain Gate", it is our pioneer in both materials and techniques of Ao Dai. This collection had brought for us many awards within and outside of our country and we are proud of it. The 3D embroidery technique which we used is popular press in this collection.
How did you come to start your own line?
I and The Huy (my friend) come to know each other in a famous fashion design contest in Vietnam. In this very same contest, we all have won awards. Those were the stepping stones to form the brand hulos by The Huy and Hai Long.
How has your work evolved since you began your own label?
After creating our brand, we are invited to some famous fashion shows, contracts from Europe, cloth design for movies, and dress for Misses Vietnam in international level contests.
What are you fascinated by at the moment and how does it feed into your work?
At the moment, I am fascinated by Japan culture, especially their old paints. I am researching those arts to put it into my new collection. I am hoping to have the chance to introduce those in the next CANADA FASHION WEEK.
What is the biggest lesson have learned since you start your company?
The biggest lesson that I learned is how to balance our HULOS design style and the style of our guest. It is the key to success of HULOS.
Are you or do you have any Superstitious rules you live by?
We follow the Buddhist teaching. The philosophy of Buddhist teaches us many lessons to help us grow up.
My principles of living are sharing, live slowly, think differently and love more.
Do you design your own clothes, or you have go to the label?
All the clothes we worn everyday are designed by ourselves. We believe that if we cannot even dressed ourselves then there is no way to help other people.
If you were a superhero, what kind of power would you have?
If I am a super hero, I want a power which can transform other everybody to be good (because a fashion designer can only create external beauty, but cannot perfect people soul)
If you were to date a super hero, who would you date and why?
I want to date with Blink in Xmen, we want to walk through the many spaces, to feel the miracle of life.
In your opinion, which super villains needs fashion advice?
I think sexual criminals need fashion advice, because when they are beautiful and charming, they will not need to waste time to attack other people. In place of it, they can wait for others to attack him. Laugh*
Is there someone in the fashion industry who inspires you?
We like Alexander McQueen for he who has many pioneering design, Kansai Yamamoto because he always recalls and protects the traditional value. They are the special inspiration from whom I can learn to develop my fashion design skills.
Who are the celebrities would you love to dress up and why?
Cate Blanchett is the star whom I want to design for. She gives out a mysterious aura, beautiful, attractive yet full of mystery which makes people always curious about her.
How would you describe your brand?
The combination of both Eastern and Western styles is the highlight of our brand HULOS, therein, the 3D embroidery technique is the soul.
Western Canada Fashion week; was it your first fashion show? How is the response?
A professional and reputational show. You have created opportunities for young oriental designer like us to introduce our creation to CANADA’s customers. On this occasion, I want to send my thanks to the organization and team in the fashion show.
What advice do you have for other aspiring fashion designers?
Create something different, you are unique.
What would you like to achieve before the end of the 2016?
I will strive to conquer European market.
What's next for you professionally?
We will apply our collection to the international catwalk “Ready to Wear”, and strive to join international advanced fashion week in Paris, France.