Chan Luu blends global inspiration and a California lifestyle to capture the essence of everyday luxury. A reflection of a well-traveled spirit influenced by multicultural sensibilities, each meticulously designed collection is a modern expression of effortless style and enduring beauty.
Born and raised in South Vietnam, Chan had a passion for designing at a young age. She recalls gathering seashells and spending hours handcrafting one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.
Following University, Chan knew she had to follow her passion of becoming a fashion designer and moved to Los Angeles to realize her dream. In 1996, Chan established her brand under her namesake with a vision of quality design inspired by cultures from around the world. Chan believed that the uniqueness and authenticity of her designs could only be conveyed by having skilled artisans completely handcraft each collection.
Nearly 20 years later, Chan has not only inspired new fashion trends but has expanded her collections to include detailed jewelry for women and men, cashmere blend scarves, and a complete line of ready-to-wear.
We interviewed Tessa Tran, Creative Director of Chan Luu.
Describe your company in a few words. What style need does it fill?
Handcrafted, eclectic, timeless. Jewelry is such a powerfully symbolic statement, and a truly cherished piece gains meaning over time. Beloved pieces gets handed down and invested with new history. I’d like to think our jewelry gives the wearer an opportunity to create that meaning.
Describe your personal ‘go to’ style.
I’m a firm believer in slow fashion – it’s always about quality over quantity. I work a lot, so my go-to look is simple: a good pair of vintage Levi’s with a hand knit sweater, a cashmere scarf and statement earrings (from Chan Luu of course!).
As a female founded business, how do you interpret the Vionic Secret: ‘Style. It doesn’t have to hurt’?
When you’re comfortable in your own clothes, it has a profound effect on your mood and the way you interact with the world. But comfortable doesn’t necessarily mean sloppy. It’s great to see so much women’s fashion being made that is both easy-to-wear and chic.
What’s empowering about a confident woman?
I love to see a woman who is independent-minded, who can be both strong and vulnerable at the same time. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by such women in my personal and professional life – it’s incredibly inspiring.
What’s your secret to feeling your best?
I feel my best when I’m actively working towards a goal and while making subtle changes in my life for the better. A sense of feeling accomplished always makes me feel good. Also, a healthy dose of sunshine and a couple hours on the tennis court each week doesn’t hurt either!