Women Running Fashion Businesses Event Featured in Boston Orange

Women Running Fashion Businesses Event Featured in Boston Orange

Original press post appeared on Boston Orange.

ACE Next Gen‘s Women’s Initiative event, Women Running Businesses in Fashion event on May 16, 2019 in Boston at 9Tailors. The event got press featured in the Boston Orange.

At the event, attendees had real conversations about scaling businesses in fashion (storefronts vs e-commerce) and life.

The panel shared challenges faced with growing from a few handful to thousands of clients:

  • Stay local or scale internationally
  • How perceptions of being Asian can hinder or help brands
  • Decisions to be the “face” of their brands and social media
  • Who they surround themselves with.

Panelists:

Samantha Shih Founder, 9Tailors, Custom-tailored suits, tuxedos & dress shirts for all genders

Vienne Brown Founder, VienneMilano, Luxury hosiery brand Lilian Hung Founder, Lyra Vega Bridal, Timeless gowns for the modern bride

Moderator: CL Tian ounder, PINKOA, digital marketing for early and growth stage companies

Host: Elizabeth Yang Founder, Better With Company, building VIP customer experiences with conversations that monetize for ambitious people and companies

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Elizabeth Yang Walks the “Diversity on the Runway” Fashion Show to Support Inclusion

Source: WBUR – Boston’s NPR News Station

Elizabeth Yang, founder of Better With Company, joins fashion designer powerhouse, Melina Nmili, founder of Lalla Bee, in the first ever SOLD OUT Diversity on the Runway show on June 13, 2019.

Excerpt from WBUR:

WBUR CitySpace opened its floor to fashion for the first time with “Diversity on the Runway,” a fashion show celebrating designers of color in Boston. The show, curated by Here & Now associate producer Marcelle Hutchins, featured 50 looks over the course of the evening accompanied by live music from Jahriffe.

Designers:

#boston #WBUR #NPR #diversity #fashion #betterwithcompany

How a mom-daughter talk led to a global celebration of Hmong women

How a mom-daughter talk led to a global celebration of Hmong women

How a mom-daughter talk led to a global celebration of Hmong women

Elizabeth Yang, with her daughter Evelyn Nouchi Vang and her mother Sandy Yongvang. Photo by Rory Lee | Courtesy of Elizabeth Yang
Hmong Women Inspired to Take on the World

Hmong Women Inspired to Take on the World

 

posted by Brittney Le

A page from the Global Digital Look Book. Photo by CX Photography.

By Brittney Le
AsAmNews Staff Writer

Elizabeth Yang and her daughter Evelyn Nouchi Vang, wearing scarves that can be purchased at the online shop. Photo by Elizabeth Yang.

Elizabeth Yang’s seven-year-old daughter just wanted her friends at school to think she was Asian, not Hmong.

“She told her friends that she was Hmong and her Hmong name, and they laughed at her,” Yang said her daughter, Evelyn Nouchi Vang, told her one night.

“If I don’t do something, my daughter will forget where she came from,” added Yang. “My baby girl would forget all the struggles of what it was to be a Hmong woman.”

Yang was thus inspired by her daughter to start Hmong Women Take on the World (HWTOTW), a virtual summit to celebrate and share the experiences of Hmong women from diverse backgrounds across the globe.

The summit will take place this May 19-20. HWTOTW also just launched its Global Digital Look Book this Wednesday showcasing positive images of Hmong women across different ages and life moments, captured by Hmong photographers and enthusiasts.

“I wanted this to be reflective of the diversity of women all around the world, so I started to crowdsource stories,” Yang told AsAmNews. “I wanted to talk about how the face of leadership within Hmong women could look different.”

In about 5 months, Yang has gathered about 60 Hmong women from all around the world, each with unique skills and professions, to help lead the summit. “I’ve always believed that when she rises, we rise,” said Yang. “How do I help that one sister to rise?”

 

Photo from the Global Digital Look Book. By Khue Lor, Filmtroverse Studios.

Yang has been touring the U.S. and Australia, in her “Quest to Believe that We Are Enough.” She visits various cities to meet her Hmong sisters and introduce them to her global sisters through Facebook Q & A. Talking to these Hmong women about their stories, Yang says, “It leaves an imprint on your heart.”

Elizabeth Yang was born and raised in Fresno, California, until she moved to Minnesota with her mother at about 12 years old. Both Fresno and Minnesota had large Hmong populations, but she still struggled with her identity. “I wasn’t quite American enough and I wasn’t quite Hmong enough, because I was Hmong American,” Yang told AsAmNews. “I identified much more so as being an American girl growing up, and it was challenging. I didn’t fit in between the two cultures.”

HWTOTW Minnesota leaders with Elizabeth Yang’s mother. By Pang Foua Xiong.

However, as she grew up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, she began to get involved in Hmong community groups and started to embrace her Hmong identity.

When Yang graduated from high school, she didn’t know what she wanted to do. “A lot of the stereotypical Asian American narrative is that you go to college and that’s kind of your path,” she said. After college, Yang ended up in a corporate job, but she “wanted to give back to the world but I just didn’t know how.” Yang tried being a community organizer but eventually landed in product development in the healthcare field.

When her job moved her to Boston, her family left behind the dense Hmong community that they knew. “Nobody knew who Hmong people were,” she said. That’s when Yang had the talk with her daughter that spurred a whole movement.

While Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California have large Hmong populations, physical summits often limit involvement – what about the many Hmong women elsewhere all over the globe? Yang wants to “close the gap between these stories” through this virtual forum that doesn’t have physical boundaries.

From the look book. Photo by Panhia Lee.

“Within the Hmong community, it’s still a very patriarchal system,” she said, acknowledging that a lot of work still needs to be done to uplift women within Hmong culture. “The world is big enough to have this space to give them a space to rise.”

The summit can be viewed the day of through visiting the HWTOTW website. They are still looking for city hosts that can accommodate large crowds to watch the summit. Yang also encourages people to gather at their homes to watch, as a “day just to celebrate each other.”

People can show support through the online shop, where talented Hmong women have contributed their products and skills for proceeds to go towards HWTOTW.

HWTOTW also plans to release a digital magazine this June to continue to share stories of Hmong woman experiences after the summit.

Going back to Minnesota for HWTOTW, Yang has realized that her hometown hasn’t changed much, but she definitely has. “I feel that there’s a greater purpose,” she said. “I feel that I can make a difference.”

From the look book. By Nhia Ly Photography

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