Kathy Minh Bach, Chuong Pham, Brian Nguyen

Lauren Tamaki

Kathy Minh Bach, Chuong Pham, Brian Nguyen

Brand: Kaarem

Age: 33, 34, 33

Where: New York

Category: Womenswear

In 2013, longtime friends Kathy Bach, Chuong Pham, and Brian Nguyen decided to start a spare, elegant clothing line they named Kaarem.

Each brought a unique set of skills—before Kaarem, they worked in varied industries like mechanical engineering and photography—as well as a shared Vietnamese heritage. The brand operates out of New York, but each item of clothing is produced in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, by a small team of designers, patternmakers, and craftspeople.

The result is loose, low-key, sexy pieces like lightly tapered trousers and shell tops, all of which incorporate the traditional Vietnamese blind stitch technique. With its far-flung inspiration, it’s only fitting that the brand is stocked everywhere from Brooklyn to Thailand to Japan. As Bach put it, “The Kaarem girl is everyone.” —Liza Darwin

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