We had the good fortune of connecting with Crystal Truong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Crystal, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind the success of my brand is to consistently convey our message as a company. I designed and created Dylan because I wanted the power of product to empower people. Through imagery, blog posts and even with who we chose to collaborate with, I make sure to keep the same messaging.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I knew from an early age that my brain was more creative than logical. I found myself experimenting with all forms of mediums when I was younger than decided to pursue an education in textiles and design. In college I would produce and direct fashion shows for the other fashion students because I loved the chaos that came with it. After school I moved to New York to find out what my strengths were in the industry. I did everything from event planning to styling. Surviving in New York meant working full time jobs while pursuing your passion career. I would work all hours in the day hoping for my “big break” then one day I decided to take matters into my own hands and start my own company where I had full creative control. I found myself reading documents about business and prepping for photoshoots and campaigns while still working a full time job to support this new venture. I’ve had to independently motivate myself and make sacrifices but that all goes to say that I’m super proud of what I’ve built. My company not only represents what I want to see more of in the world but it also shows my personal growth journey.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is such a great question! I just moved here from July so the city is still new to me as well! However based off of what I know I would start off with a hike at Runyon. I know this hike is overrated but I love seeing all of LA’s finest on this trail. I would then go to Coffee Coffee on Fairfax for their cold brew with cold brew ice cubes and their breakfast burrito that are to die for. I then would spend the day either at the beach (Hermosa or Marina Del Rey) or shopping through the garment district and Santee Alley. Afterwards I would take my friend to Hi – Lo in Cluver City for cocktail supplies so that we can make cocktails before our dinner reservations at Eveleigh in West Hollywood. Cute!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have the most supportive foundation around me. I have to give a big shoutout to all of the creatives I’ve collaborated with and my friends and family who have supported me through all of this.
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