The Council of Fashion Designers of America welcomes 33 new members: 2011 largest class ever.
Miho Aoki & Thuy Pham – Japanese-born Fashion Institute of Technology alum Miho Aoki and Vietnamese born Thuy Pham founded United Bamboo in 1998. The team made their New York runway debut for Fall 2004. UNITED BAMBOO employs innovative patterns, fabrics, and construction, like origami pleats, asymmetrical shapes, and architectural lines. The duo is also entrenched in the underground art and music scene, taking on collaborative “art projects” like artist-designed T-shirts printed with provocative cartoons or compilation CDs produced by indie music label United Acoustic Recording. The first United Bamboo store opened in 2004 in Tokyo and a subsequent men’s store opened in Harajuku in 2006. The line is carried throughout the United States and Asia as well as in select boutiques in Australia, Russia, and Canada.