Meet Rickie Tang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rickie Tang.

Rickie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Born in China and immigrated to Canada at age seven. Being brought up in the mix of both opposing cultures in some ways had its struggles, but I feel it has strengthened me. I am an artist, I draw, paint, and have interests in photography and film as well. However, I am currently studying fashion design at SCAD and want to pursue a career in fashion. I want to create a way through my products where people can express themselves, especially at times where there are language or cultural barriers. I have experienced that first hand, and I have found that through the love of clothing and sneakers, it had helped me connect easier with people. My brand motto is “to express thoughts through products.” I hope my consumers can share what’s on their mind through what I’ve created, without having to speak physically.

This summer, I am planning to start a sustainable project, where I will be collecting old clothes or clothes that are not being worn by my friends and family and recycling/reworking them into something refreshing that they’ll enjoy. Sustainability is a huge topic in fashion. A great quantity of waste is being produced by the industry yearly and I hope to work in ways to minimize it.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
To be honest, I have had it easy so far compared to most people that might come from a more struggling family. I am grateful and blessed to be where I am. However, I know the road will get tougher when I enter the industry and leave home, but that is why I am studying very hard and preparing myself to the highest level.

We’d love to hear more about your art.
My business is still very young and in the building process, my main priority as of right now is academics. I specialize in fashion, accepting custom orders, and reworked clothing. What sets me apart, I believe, is my perspective, I am a blend of the West and the East.

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From: VoyageATL