Anna Sui celebrates inspiration and chosen family.
“I like having the comfort of that family and those people that I can rely on, because they get me and they get it. And I think that’s important.”
The celebrated queen of fashion meets fantasy, Anna Sui, is a voracious autodidact historian of culture, art and fashion. “I think that I have the best job in the world because I can use everything that I’m inspired by, everything I’m interested in, anything I’m obsessing about I can put it into my work,” she says.
Spanning fashion, footwear, cosmetics, fragrances, eyewear, jewelry, accessories, home goods and gifts line; Anna Sui can be found around the world in over 50 countries. It’s New York that Anna calls home, where it all began for this rock-and-roll-romantic designer. “My whole career has been in New York since I started, since I got hired out of school I’ve worked in this neighborhood and I really believe in preserving this because I think that we have such a delicate balance.”
Like the comforts of home, she holds her relationships with the highest regard when it comes to bringing her visions to life. “I like having the comfort of that family and those people that I can rely on, because they get me and they get it. And I think that’s important,” says Anna. Her “family” have also gone on to become legends themselves. “I’m really lucky that I’ve been working with the same team for every show.” Friends turned legends help bring her wanderlust, fairytales to life; Garren, of R+Co. for hair, “first Francois Nars for makeup and then Pat McGrath. I work a lot with Bill Mullen. He comes in and he’s kind of like my sounding board. He goes on that journey with me, talking about what I’m trying to express,” explains Anna.
Her assistant Thomas has campaigned alongside her for over 32 years. “And I’ve had a lot of people on my design team and my office team for a really long time. So “it’s family, it’s really family,” says Anna. It’s a true testament to Anna’s character that her trusted circle has chosen her as much as she has chosen them. This legendary Leo says YES to collaboration, creativity and family.