San Francisco-born Derek Lam graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990 pursuing an interest in fashion originating from his childhood spent amongst the family garment manufacture business. Lam launched his own label in 2002 following a stint at Michael Kors, and debuted the collection at New York Fashion Week in September 2003. In 2004, Lam won the CFDA Perry Ellis Swarovski Award for the New Designer of the Year. Today, as well as working on his own label, he is also the creative director for Tod's ready-to-wear and accessories lines.