Phillip Lim is a New York-based fashion designer. Born in Thailand to Chinese parents, Lim moved with his family to Southern California at a young age to escape Cambodia's civil war. Having studied finance for three years at California State University of Long Beach, Lim later switched to a degree in home economics.
Following an internship with fashion designer Katayone Adeli, Lim gained work on the design team. When Adeli relocated her business to New York City, Lim remained in Los Angeles to set up his first label, Development. He set up his line in 2005, named 3.1 after the fact that he and his business partner Wen Zhou were 31 when they first met.
Meeting chic and classic lines with an urban twist, the Phillip Lim brand also features womenswear, menswear and childrenswear. Lim received both the Fashion Group International Women’s Designer Rising Star in 2006 and the CFDA Swarovski Award in Womenswear 2007.