WAYNE - 2008
Born in war-torn Vietnam in the 1970's, Wayne Lee fled Vietnam with her family at age four and survived several hardships before settling in the U.S. As a student in Florida, she earned a scholarship to New York's Vassar College and later pursued studies in medicine at the University of California, Berkeley.
During her second year of medical school, Lee surprised friends and family by shifting her focus to fashion and accepting a position in sales at Barneys New York, where she was later promoted to buyer. Lee's greatest recognition at Barneys became the clothes she wore to work-her own designs, hand-sewn by her aunt. In 2007, Lee left Barneys to pursue a full-time design career, successfully launching her collection, WAYNE.
WAYNE is a true reflection of Lee's love for simplicity, style, comfort and elegance, with subtle accents of playfulness and wit. WAYNE is a collection thoughtfully crafted to strike a balance between classic and modern, bold and subtle, delicate and defiant.