We had the good fortune of connecting with Vy Nguyen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vy, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m Vietnamese American and grew up in Upland, California. My family are Vietnam War refugees that immigrated at the fall of Saigon in 1975. Coming here with just a few photos and creating a new life with great memories and new traditions showed me the American Dream is real. Their perseverance has made me resilient in pursuing my dreams.
Please tell us more about your career. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I really believe that staying true to yourself, being kind, and putting in sweat pays off. I started interning at a clothing manufacturer while in school. There, I learned about every facet of the fashion industry, from pre-production and design, to sales and retail. Having experience in all areas helped me have the confidence to start my own brand in women’s swimwear.
It wasn’t easy — at all — but I kept going no matter what I faced. My friends and family believed in me and helped me along the way. There were as many tears as there were laughs. Lots of the time, you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into. Everything you can imagine that could go wrong does, and the only way out is through. =)
My advice is to trust the timing of your life, and if it feels right, go for it! There are no dumb questions. Ask anything and everything — especially for help when you need it!
I never thought my background in fashion would lead to an adventure in cannabis. But now, I am co-owner of several cannabis brands. Working with people that align with your dreams makes things all the better. I love being able to make someone smile whether it be from the packaging to the smell of our ingredients. Creating special moments means everything to me.
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?OOOoo FUN! People watching and casual conversations along the way… Who wouldn’t have a good time under the California Sunshine? =)
Monday: First stop would be a day in Laguna Beach to soak in the sun & a dip in the ocean. We’d get Whole Bowls at Active Culture, gelato at Paradiso, and have sunset drinkys at the Joaquin.
Tuesday: Breaky at Pressed Juicery, hike & beach at Crystal Cove, tacos & poke at Bear Flag, and head over to Lido in Newport Beach for some shopping and dins.
Wednesday: DISNEYLAND! All day laughs with popcorn & corn dogs, Dole Whip Floats, Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars, and a visit to Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar.
Thursday: Drive up to Venice, have coffee at Little Lunch, shop along Abbot Kinney, lunch at Great White, and Bird around the Marina ‘til sunset. Dins & drinkys at the Proper in Santa Monica.
Friday: Scenic drive up the coast. Have the best burgers & well done fries at Apple Pan on the west side and head up the coast to Santa Barbara with a beach-dip stop in Malibu and snack at Sunlife at the Country Mart.
Saturday: Santa Monica Staycation. Movie day in with delivery from Huckleberry Sidecar Donuts, Trust Me from Sugarfish Sushi, and pillow puffs of pasta from Georgios.
Sunday: Brunchy at the Beverly Hills Hotel and lounge at the pool the rest of the day.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I owe all of my successes to the love and encouragement of my family, friends, and mentors. They have all supported me with their words, hugs, finances, and manual labor. I’m SO lucky to have them rooting me on.