Name: Cheyenne Xia |

How did you become involved in fashion design? I was born and raised in a traditional Chinese family. I have been immersed in arts since seven, when I began studying classical piano performance. Although I no longer compete, the classical music remains one of my passions and sources of creativity.  I was trained as an economist academically, but it has never quite settled into place in my heart. I continued to seek my passion in life which led me to fashion design. I started studying fashion design in 2012 and the rest, as they say, is history. Fashion design serves as the amalgamation of both my analytical and creative mind. 

What materials do you most like to work with? I like to work with natural fibers; and wool, cotton, and silk are my favorite materials— both woven and knits. They wear beautifully and comfortably. 

How does your geographical location influence your atheistic? Not so much, as a matter of fact. I like to incorporate different cultural elements in my designs in a subtle way. For me, design, like any other creative means, is a universal language in communicating your ideas, passion, and point of view. I consciously remind myself not to limit my design to one or two geographic locations. 

What’s been your greatest professional achievement to date? I started my fashion brand in 2015 and started a fashion technology project, attempting to connect people with technical fashion design skills with those who are looking for such skills to launch their designs in an online market place. 

What’s one thing people would never guess about you? I have a Master's degree in Economics and I was a PhD candidate for Economics.