He then took a small internship at a small clothing label. He always loves clothes, he says, but he never considered a career in fashion until he began designing womens clothes for an L.A.-based line called Development in 1999 (2010). In 2004, he went to Manhattan to start his own label and he named it 3.1 Phillip Lim — the numbers were a play on his age at the time.
He says that at the time it felt like the “doors were always just waiting to open for me” (Dorment 2010). His first few season were only womens wear, because he knew womens clothing best and he garnered all sorts of praise, but he had always wanted to do a mens line. He says that was always a part of the plan (2010). In January of 2010, Lim came out with his first line of mens wear.
Lims collections are so special because they are very luxurious, but they always have a twist, and they are not priced in the stratosphere.
He specializes in floaty and flirty dresses, tailored jackets and coats, and there is always a great attention to detail in each of his pieces. He received the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nomination just one year after he launched his 3.1 collection. In 2007, he also won the CFDA Swarovski award along with Thakoon Panichgul and Rodarte (Elle 2010). He has said that his clothes are about refining as opposed to defining (2010). “A refinement thats a bit classic in attitude but imparts a sense of individual style, without looking or feeling forced. Confident, unidentifiable, chic, and most of all effortless” (2010).
Dorment, Richard. “Is Phillip Lim the Most Interesting Designer in America?” Esquire.
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Elle. “3.1 Phillip Lim.” Elle. Accessed on October 31, 2010:.