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Tu-Anh showed a flare for style as early as age 5. Growing up in the post-Vietnam War era, she endured extreme difficulty in her early childhood years. Shortly after the fall of Saigon, Tu-Anh's father and older brothers escaped to the US, leaving her mother working long hours to provide for her and two younger sisters. Out of necessity, Tu-Anh, as the oldest girl, felt the need to take on a motherly role for her two sisters at the age of 7. This left her no time for school and friends. Growing up, she was greatly influenced by her mother. Through her mother, Tu-Anh learned how to survive with little means - be quick on her feet, perseverance, and the importance of appearance and etiquette. As a result, that had a profound effect on developing her current unique endearing style and grace.
Finally, after several life threatening and failed attempts to escape Vietnam, Tu-Anh, her mother, and sisters found freedom in the US where they reunited with her father and four older brothers. Tu-Anh's first formal education began in 1981 at the age of 10 in New Orleans, Louisiana after departing Singapore Refugee Camp. It was then that her love of style was rekindled. From yard sales, to flea markets, to church donation items, Tu-Anh, as a teenager, could transform any old item into modern day glamour. By middle school, she was designing, styling and making clothes for her sisters and schoolmates. Presently, her sisters are still her biggest fans. When Tu-Anh reached the age of 16, she had already produced, choreographed, modeled, and styled numerous fashion shows. Furthermore, she worked passionately behind the scenes of Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour, Teen magazines, Marc Jacobs, Todd Oldham, and Anna Sui fashion shows.
Tu-Anh attended the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she learned to better develop her creative talent and technical skills for fashion design.
After several years of working in the Fashion Industry and with photographers, models, actors, and multi-national brands such as: Adrienne Vittadini, Ava Forsythe for Arnold Scaasi, Admerasia NY, Nordstrom, Macy's, Victoria Secret, Aura Science, Shiseido, Prescriptives, Mary Kay, Stila, and being head designer for Belle Couture, "tu-anh" label was launched. Her collection officially hit the stores in spring of 2000 and immediately attracted national attention from leading media such as InStyle, Lucky, Glamour, Seventeen, Cosmo Girl, New York Magazine, Capitol File, HGTV, The Today Show, NBC, Shuz, Washignton Post, Washingtonian, Women's Wear Daily, and many more.
Tu-Anh's inspiration to start her own business came from her initial return to Vietnam in the winter of 1997. Moved by the elegance and exotic beauty of Vietnamese culture and skilled craftsmanship of her people, she sought to blend traditional arts into her feminine and timeless collection. The various textures of Asian silks, rich embroideries, and intricately beaded works set the unique collection of "tu-anh accessories", apart from others. Her colors represent specific moods and the meanings further add richness and beauty to her stylish collection.
Today, Tu-Anh has expanded her collection to include beautiful one-of-a-kind jewels made of semi-precious stones. Her products are currently available on-line at www.tu-anh.com and can also be purchased through private showings and charity functions around the country.
In addition to being the talent behind tu-anh accessories, Tu-Anh also manages her consulting business,"polished by tu-anh", where she spends her time producing fashion shows and stylish special events, teaching fashion art, and helping professional men and women get polished for success. Tu-Anh is also a mentor to countless young, aspiring designers and teens around the globe.
In her spare time, Tu-Anh likes to donate her time and services to charity causes, host stylish parties, cook, garden, spend time with loved ones, and her most favorite, dancing. She is a big advocate for helping children, animals, and the elderly.