ANNA SUI'S BIOGRAPHY
YOU HAVE TO FOCUS ON YOUR DREAMS, EVEN IF THEY GO BEYOND COMMON SENSE.
Anna Sui's collections take you on a creative journey that is unparalleled in the world of fashion. Mixing vintage styles with her current cultural obsessions, she effortlessly makes hip and exuberant original clothes. Whether Anna's inspiration is Victorian cowboys, Warhol superstars or Finnish textile prints, her depth of cultural knowledge is always apparent. "When I'm interested in something, I want to know everything about it," she says, "I need to know what's behind it all. I really enjoy that process." Anna's constant search for new ideas and challenges keeps her ahead of her times. She's a true trendsetter to whom stylists and editors look for direction. The boundless energy and creative ingenuity of her runway presentations always make her shows a high point of New York Fashion Week.
FOLLOWING HER OWN INSPIRATION, ANNA SUI CONTINUES TO INSPIRE.
The career of Anna Sui is a classic American success story. "You have to focus on your dreams, even if they go beyond common sense. How could this young girl from the suburbs of Detroit become a success in New York? It was always that dream," she says. Today Anna Sui has over 50 boutiques in eight countries and her collection is sold in 300 stores in over 30 countries. Anna still has the same love of fashion that she did when she was a little girl. At age four, she decided that she would become a designer and started to make her own clothes. She mixed a very serious approach to learning her craft with eccentric ideas, such as vowing to not to wear the same outfit twice in one year. "I was completely obsessed," she says, "I don't know how my parents put up with me." Before the end of her senior high school year, she was accepted to Parsons School of Design in New York. After two years at Parsons, Anna styled with friend Steven Meisel and designed for several sportswear companies before launching her first collection in 1981. Anna Sui's business continued to grow throughout the 1980s, and in 1991 she premiered her first runway show. The following year she opened her first flagship store on Greene Street in Soho. The boutique's vibrant mix of black Victorian furniture, purple walls, papier mache dollyheads and rock n' roll posters closely reflects Anna Sui's personal decorating style and has been the model for all of her shops. The late 1990s was a time of significant growth for Anna Sui; she embarked upon a hugely successful expansion in the Far East, where she quickly established a huge cult following. She also launched cosmetics, fragrance, shoe and accessory licenses. Her devotion to detail is apparent in every one of her products, which are all intimately connected to her world. Her iconic make-up packaging and fragrance bottle design have even become collectors' items.
Anna Sui is known for her commitment to the things that move her. Her devotion to rock and roll makes her clothes perfect for a rock and roll superstar, and her runway soundtrack is one of the most anticipated each season. Her love for shopping has made her an authority on the best shopping in every city, and her passion for interior design created a visually stunning NYC apartment. Following her own inspiration, Anna Sui continues to inspire.
STORES AND DISTRIBUTION
- Global Distribution of Anna Sui clothing, beauty, and accessory products with over 375 sales outlets in 35 countries
- Over 65 Boutiques/Shop-in-Shops in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Guam, and USA
- 90 Accessory Boutiques/Shop-in-Shops in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China
- 19 DOLLY GIRL by ANNA SUI shops in Japan, expanding to other Asian countries in 2012
- 20 ANNA SUI MINI shops in Japan, expanding to other Asian countries in 2012
- Over 200 ANNA SUI BEAUTY counters worldwide
ANNA SUI BRAND TIMELINE
First runway show.
Opened first boutique on Greene Street in Soho.
Anna Sui won CFDA "Perry Ellis" Award.
First two freestanding Anna Sui boutiques opened in Tokyo and Osaka. The Isetan company is the main licensee for the distribution and sales of the Anna Sui women's collection in Japan. They are also responsible for the sub licensee's production of Anna Sui accessory products. Mamina, a subsidiary of Isetan is the distributor to department and specialty stores including all Anna Sui shop in shops and free standing boutiques.
Anna Sui signed a fragrance agreement with Wella AG of Germany (now a division of P&G Prestige Products) to develop a signature fragrance, and signed a cosmetics license with Japanese cosmetics maker, Albion for a signature cosmetics brand.
Debut of signature fragrance Anna Sui and cosmetic line.
Launch of Dolly Girl fragrance, which was followed by several limited edition fragrances in the Dolly Girl series.
Launch of Secret Wish fragrance. The fragrance was introduced exclusively in the US with American lingerie and beauty retailer Victoria's Secret which also carried Anna Sui cosmetics beginning in 2006.
Limited edition Anna Sui Boho Barbie was launched with Mattel.
Anna Sui for Victoria's Secret lingerie launched in select Victoria's Secret stores for a limited time.
Dolly Girl, a clothing collection targeting a younger audience ages 16-25, launched in Japan.
10th Anniversary of ANNA SUI Cosmetics.
Anna Sui Mini, a baby and toddler collection, launched in Japan.
10th Anniversary of Anna Sui Fragrance and Cosmetics ? Launch of Anna Sui Signature Fragrance, Live Your Dream to join the 8 other existing Anna Sui fragrances. The full Anna Sui Fragrance roster now includes: Signature (1999), Sui Dreams (2000), Sui Love (2001), Dolly Girl (2003), Secret Wish (2005), Secret Wish Magic Romance (2006), Flight of Fancy (2007), Night of Fancy (2008), Live Your Dream (2009).
Anna Sui honored with "Classic Icon of Fashion and Design" Award and accepted award at the China Fashion Awards in Beijing.
Anna Sui honored with CFDA's Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award.
Anna Sui collaborated with Target® and launched the Anna Sui for Target® Collection (sold in select Target® stores and on www.Target.com).
Launch of Rock Me! fragrance.
Launch of Anna Sui's first book; a retrospective chronicling the past 20 years of her runway, editorial and celebrity experiences. The book was published by Chronicle Books, written by Andrew Bolton and titled Anna Sui.
Launch of Forbidden Affair fragrance.
Anna Sui partnered with Hush Puppies on a limited edition shoe collection. The first collection of footwear debuted at the Fall 2011 fashion show.
Anna Sui entered into a ten-year exclusive worldwide fragrance license agreement with InterParfums to create, produce and distribute perfumes and fragrance-related products under the Anna Sui brand. Albion continues to hold the license to design and distribute the cosmetics.
Anna Sui partnered with Tumi, a leading brand of luxury travel, business and lifestyle accessories to create a collection of travel bags and luggage. The Tumi Vapor? International Carry-On case and Just In Case? Tote debuted on the runway of the Anna Sui Spring 2012 fashion show.
ANNA SUI'S FAVORITE THINGS
Keith Richards, Johnny Thunders, Jack White, Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan
Black Keys, Dillon, The Cults, The Like, Best Coast, Dom
NYC, London, Beijing
Louis Garrel, Gary Cooper, Peter O'Toole, Pierre Clemente, Michael York
Ossie Clark , Emilio Pucci, Paul Poiret, Zandra Rhodes
Walter and Naiad Einsel, John Alcorn, Anne Marie Barden, Antonio Lopez, Kenneth Paul Block, David Weidman
Flea markets, Shopping, Seeing bands, Watching movies, Visiting museums
Steven Meisel, David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Sarah Moon, Mick Rock, Jim Marshall
George LePape, Christian Berard, Aubrey Beardsley, John William Waterhouse, Edward Burne-Jones
Anna Sui Lip Rouge in #400, Anna Sui Rose Cheek Color in #400, Anna Sui Liquid Eye Liner in #001
Secret Wish, Nahema by Guerlain, Fracas by Robert Piquet
Duchess of Windsor, Anita Pallenberg, Marisa Berenson, Lou Lou de la Falaise, Sally Bowles, Jane Forth, Minnie Mouse, Anna May Wong, Donna Jordan, Elizabeth Taylorn
Anything by Max Ophuls, Anything by Jean Renoir, Anything by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Darling (Dir. John Schlesinger), Far from the Madding Crown ( Dir. John Schlesinger), XY and Zee (Dir. Brian G. Hutton)
Jane Holzer, Donna Jordan, Joe D'Alessandro
Marchesa Casati, Helena Rubenstein, The Sitwells, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Rose Cummings, Madeleine Castaing
Neue Gallery (NYC), The Met (NYC), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest)
Le Morte D' Arthur ? Sir Thomas Malory, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis,The Golden Compass ? Philip Pullman, Wild Asses' Skin ? Honore Balzac
David Hicks, Madeleine Castaing, Rose Cummings, Tony Duquette