Lurid fluorescent light spills over a shadowy figure working deep into the night. Exacting needles, spools of fine thread, and luxuriant fabrics find their way in and around the dexterous hands of this diligent artist. Reckless passion is cast aside and replaced by the brutal will of a true fashion designer. To describe Danny Nguyen’s talents with words would be as futile as identifying infinity with a number.
Despite his now bolstering yet enigmatic personality, Danny Nguyen’s foundation in the fashion world is rooted in the soil of humility. He began as a child, under the wing of his mother. Predating his arrival to the United States, Danny would be seen at a very early age cutting fabrics, collecting designs and assisting with custodial chores around his mothers alteration. During this period, he developed and refined many of the essential skills of a fine fashion designer.
From hence, Danny has developed further in many other aspects of the fashion world upon his arrival to the rich and diverse culture of Houston. He has his own studio for alterations and design entitled DNC (Danny Nguyen Couture) in which he spends a great deal of time pursuing his dream which dances at the end of every needle he drives into his next exquisite creation. He is a son, a brother, and a friend but most importantly, he is the embodiment of a calling whose sound does not quiet until it has reached the end of the runway.
What does it mean to you to “Go Against The Grain?”
“Helping charity and community to become better and understanding of helping humanity by fashion exploring new community and charity event in different city.”
What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?
“I didn’t. It was a family trade, already in the system…might as well continue it.”
What have been some of the challenges you faced/lessons you learned as an Asian American in this field?
“Hard work is everything. Never stop working, and business is very hard to manage.”
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment, and why?
“Keeping my business keep going, and moving forward, but nothing is never enough when your a artist.“
What’s up next?
“Paris Fashion Week.”
Quote to live by:
“There are always taller mountains than you.”
Sign (Eastern Animal Sign & Western Zodiac):
“Art, martial art.”
I Go Against The Grain #beCAUSE:
“Nothing is never easy, always help and support. Pay it forward.”