The designer Lan Yu’s namesake brand, LANYU, started In 2005 in the form of “LANYU Studio” – a design workshop founded by the young design student. Today, LANYU is headquartered in Beijing, China with representatives in Paris, New York, Los Angles and Sydney. While LANYU maintains its focus as a creator of couture, the brand also designs and retails ready to wear, wedding dresses, and fashion accessories.
Lan Yu studied ballet from the age of five and at the age of six began learning Suzhou embroidery, a type of traditional Chinese embroidery, from her mother. She holds a bachelors degree from Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology and trained at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Her designs often feature a fusion between Chinese traditional artisanship and modern design. Lan Yu’s pieces are regularly featured on celebrity clients at Cannes, Venice, the Tokyo and Berlin Film Festivals, and other red carpet events. Lan Yu is regarded one of Asia’s most Influential designers and owns an impressive list of awards including “China’s Top Ten Designers” by the China Designer Association, “Designer with the Highest Media Attention”, “Asia's Most Influential Designer” at the Asian Fashion Awards, “Most Favored Designer by Superstars” by Cosmopolitan, Forbes China's list of “2014 Forbes China 30 Under 30”.