Hanh NguYen is a designer born in Hong Kong with Vietnamese roots who brings Hanhny to life. She was raised in California, studied in Italy, worked in NYC and currently located in the Bay Area. Hanh was always surrounded by the art and history of interesting places with the enchantment that comes from living out of a suitcase. Growing up, she came in contact with new people, firsthand culture experiences and gained knowledge to make possible her dream.
The brand’s first collection is called Coyote. It encompasses who NguYen is as a designer, what she likes, and her appreciation for details. Some of the thought out elements in her tops include cut out shoulders, hidden lace trim on the back and the importance of soft to the touch fabrics. The designs reflect a free spirited personality with neutral colors such as black, grey and white. Nevertheless, Hanh explains her following projects will also include lots of color. “Coyote is an introduction to what Hanhny is about. It is true that neutral colors are very me, but I am not going to let that restrict my collections,” said NguYen. The designer is currently collaborating with friend Anja, a fashion designer in Amsterdam, to work on their next collection. “There will definitely be more colors and fun graphic works. It will be interesting to see the outcome because we both have very different styles,” explained Hanh. She also added that the introduction of dresses to her label is in her future plans.
The design process for Hanhny focuses on pencil and paper. NguYen shares how she draws out her designs and prints among the current technology mediums. She then adds to the process her photographs and souvenirs collected from her trips. “When all of this gets mixed up together, this is how my designs get eclectic. Art and fashion are strongly connected,” said Hanh. Every piece in the Coyote collection has a short story and/or description of the item. You can find them online on the product page at http://www.hanhny.com/collections/coyote
Hanhny can be purchased at a convenient online boutique. If you’re in Holland, you can also find the complete first collection at The Upperside pop up shop. They are currently working with selected retailers to offer their brand in stores after the holidays. Keep up to date with Hanhny on Facebook under fb.com/hanhnydesign, at Instagram @hanhny, on Twitter and Pinterest as hanhnydesign. You can also sign up for their newsletter on their website. Check out their recently posted timelapse video of a 7 feet mural on Vimeo at http://vimeo.com/hanhny/mural
To start the Holiday Season off right, Hahny is currently offering 30% off on their entire purchase through Cyber Monday by entering promotional code: thanku30. They will also be present in Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA as part of the SJMade pop-up store till the end of December. And, for the December Holiday month, they have set up a collaboration with a local non-profit to give back to the community. “We are working with The San Francisco Arts Education Project, a wonderful organization that uses creativity to empower local youth. We will donate 10% of our December profit to buy art supplies to support their workshop,” said Hanh. For more information about the workshop visit http://www.sfartsed.org/art-design
Hanh always dreamed of being independent and creating her own designs. Being able to travel, live in different cities as a local, make long-lasting relationships along the way -including founding her husband- and getting inspired, led to her discovering herself as a designer. “I have always seen myself as an artist and didn’t know I could be a designer until I figured that they could go hand in hand with each other,” said NguYen. That is why she is not only a designer. She is the artist on the label.