Anna Sui is celebrating her 46th birthday today.
Anna was born on August 4, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan. She took an interest in fashion at a very young age and began clipping fashion-magazine pages and put them in a file she calls her Genius Files.
In 1981 she had some friends who made jewelry and were going to sell it at a trade show. Anna made five pieces of clothing and they asked her to share a booth with them. She got orders from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s and was featured in an advertisement in The New York Times. Anna was working for a company called Glenora when the owner saw the ad. He asked, “Is this this girl on our payroll? Why does she have an ad in the Times?” He then told her she had to stop or he would fire her. She got fired. The rest is history. She laughs and says that starting a fashion line with $300 is a bad business plan. I would imagine so.
She has done several limited edition collaborations, including Target, FitFlops and Anthropologie. She has several online sources for clothing, but I found it difficult to find any for her shoes.
Here is what I found.
To celebrate I am going to listen to Motown tunes and have a Chinese meal for dinner.