MISSBISH Linda Nguyen | A True Trailblazer of Streetwear Culture
The road for women's streetwear has a select few women to thank. It's their efforts in breaking down the previous walls and stigmas that have allowed for a more inclusive environment. Linda Nguyen is among a handful of #MISSBISHES who didn't shy away from the unwelcoming world of street culture at the time. Women had grown up in and around this culture and deserved a stake in the movement.
Aside from founding Love Made and currently serving as their Creative Director, Linda's also a big part of Design and Marketing for Stussy Women. If two jobs weren't enough, she also serves as an Accessories Designer and Trend Forecaster for GMPC.com. In our interview, she discusses her history, the importance of sticking together and important steps for any woman-in-charge in the making.
Tell us about Love Made and how it came to be.
Love Made started in 2007 as an event production company specializing in showcasing female talent. If you rolled up to a Love Made event, there was always a healthy ratio of ladies and female DJs and artists headlining the event. We were offering something fresh to LA, especially at that time, so we gained traction pretty quickly and began building our following. Naturally with my background in accessory and apparel design, I began making products and collaborating with other brands under the brand name Love Made as well.
Love Made is all about collaboration – what do you love about joining forces with other brands?
We love collaborating with brands because it's fun to vibe with other creative/ business minded people and it also challenges us to create for different types of consumers. We want Love Made to be universal which is why we offer such a random range of products like baby clothes, candles, neon art and handbags.
Since we started Love Made, we have produced limited edition handbags, footwear, candles, neon art, apparel, baby clothes, and jewelry. Our biggest project was with Stussy in 2013, Solestruck footwear in 2014 and Matahari handbag collection in 2011.
Tell us about the Love Made girl.
She’s soulful, cultured, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
"I believe in destiny and accept all failures, obstacles, disappointments, and heartache I may experience. I believe if it happens, it's there for you to learn about your true self and what really matters to you."
How has growing up in OC influenced you?
Growing up in Orange County has mainly influenced my career path. Being surrounded by the street, skate and surf industry, I found that I eventually ended up working with many of the brands. I have worked as a designer for Stussy, LRG, Vans, Billabong, and OBEY who are all OC based. My entire family lives in OC so it's a place I will always call home even though I'm currently residing in LA!
Why is it important that women in the fashion industry – or all industries, really – encourage and support each other?
I think it's important for women to come together and support one another because women worldwide have historically been underpaid, undervalued, underrepresented, underfunded and underestimated. I feel like women need to come together, and support one another because it’s us who understand the emotional rollercoasters and challenges that we experience naturally as women. Because we relate, we can offer the best advice. Fortunately, in the last few years, I’ve seen a rise in female empowerment and organizations.
If you could do it all over again, is there something you would do differently and why?
Well on some real talk, tonight I wish I chose to eat a healthy salad instead of eating 2 and a half slices of pizza because I am feeling bloated. LOL. But really, I don’t have any regrets in life because I believe in destiny and accept all failures, obstacles, disappointments, and heartache I may experience. I believe if it happens, it's there for you to learn about your true self and what really matters to you.
What advice do you have for young female entrepreneurs?
My number one advice is to find mentors. Someone that you respect and who inspires you. It could be through an internship or someone in your family. Talk to people who specialize in the field you are going after. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Believe that you can teach yourself anything, its more about making the time and applying yourself. There are tons of free resources online. Make sure you love what you do because that will be the fuel that will keep you going.
"I feel like women need to come together, and support one another because it’s us who understand the emotional rollercoasters and challenges that we experience naturally as women. We relate and we offer the best advice."
Finish the sentence.
If I weren’t afraid I would... travel around the world with no agenda.
I wouldn't be where I am today if... I wasn’t persistent and hard working.
I look forward to... getting a dog.
I've been listening to... www.yesyesyall.org- favorite curated streaming music video website. I also love Soulection.
I look and feel my best... after a long run when my skin is glowing and I’m on that natural high.
When no one is looking ... I try to work on them twerk moves.
Traveling... is the ultimate luxury.
I express my creativity best... when I feel inspired after a trip and it's late at night.
I respect... creative women who have helped pave the way. For example Asia One, Fatima Robinson, ESG, Lady Bug Mecca, Lauryn Hill, Fafi, Claw Money, Lanie from HLZBLZ, Erin Made Me, Queen Latifah, Oprah, Bjork, Beyonce, Hilary Clinton, and the list goes on!
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
To me, MISSBISH represents a community of health , culture, and fashion conscious women who have a unique style and way of blending high-low designs into her day to day look. She’s strong, fearless and independent.