Top 2017 Highlights: Collabs, Media Features, and Buses

Thankful, is the first word that comes to mind when I reflect on the opportunities and moments I've been blessed with this year. Right from the jump, I delved into some amazing projects, including the #DoGood collection and collaborations with a handful of influencers. To add to the momentum, my work was featured a few times on national media outlets. This year has treated me well to say the least. Here's a recap of my top highlights from this year:

1) Monica Phromsavanh (ModaBox) styled a #DoGood shirt and showed her followers how to dress it up and down in her blog - 3 Ways to Make a White T-Shirt Look Cool.

 Monica Phromsavanh of ModaBox in a #DoGood tee (Photo  Hans Gonzales )

Monica Phromsavanh of ModaBox in a #DoGood tee (Photo Hans Gonzales)

2) I designed an exclusive set of ties for Pha Khao: A Lao Pop-Up hosted by Christina Tia (House of X Tia) and Lemongrass. Oh, and chokers too! All of which were repurposed from her family's old textiles. 

 Bow ties repurposed from traditional Lao women's textiles

Bow ties repurposed from traditional Lao women's textiles

3) Chef Seng Luangrath (Thip Khao and Padaek) reached out to me to design her a Lao-inspired chef coat and apron for her big debut at the James Beard Foundation. More photos here.

 Chef Seng at  From Laos with Love  for  James Beard Foundation  (Photo by Martin Ramin)

Chef Seng at From Laos with Love for James Beard Foundation (Photo by Martin Ramin)

4) My story and work was featured on NBC (twice!). The orders that stormed my inbox from the news coverage kept me busy for the greater part of the year (and helped me keep the lights on).

5) Hip hop artist, Add-2, wore one of my exclusive bow tie designs on The Steve Harvey Morning Show.

 Add-2 wearing a TI exclusive on The Steve Harvey Show

Add-2 wearing a TI exclusive on The Steve Harvey Show

6) Just when I thought things couldn't get better, one of my pocket square designs was worn in a campaign that circulated on buses around Seattle. Making moves! Literally.

 The Regrade campaign in South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle, WA (Photo by Ismail Yusuf)

The Regrade campaign in South Lake Union neighborhood, Seattle, WA (Photo by Ismail Yusuf)

The support that I've received over the last year has been instrumental in helping me refine my craft and vision. I have so much love to all who have shared this journey with me. The list would go for days, but you know you who are. 

Going into 2018, there will be more learning, and connecting. I plan to experiment with new materials and designs. Stay tuned! If you haven't already, please subscribe to my newsletter below to get the latest.

Peace,

#TheLaoTieGuy