Macy’s rings in the Year of the Snake

The first Lunar New Year reception that I attended this year was at Macy’s in Herald Square. Macy’s!- A familiar building that I’ve passed and visited so many times, now has new memories.

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A historical photo of the Macy’s parade juxtaposed with chinese new year decorations

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From what I’ve learned, each year, the Asian American Business Development Center highlights the success of a particular group of Asian Americans. The year I attended it happened to be “Emerging Asian American Designers”- how fitting for what industry I’m studying/working in. Congratulations to AABDC- they announced that Macy’s has partnered with them to make this an annual event. I also learned the AABDC will be holding their Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award Gala/dinner this June (Click here for more details). How awesome would it be to attend and be in the presence of great and successful business professionals or even better, be honored at such an event someday? In the meantime, I’ll have to learn and work really hard for my dreams. I’m thankful to be at events like these so that I have something to work towards. 🙂

The Lunar New Year event took place on a floor of Macy’s I never even knew existed. I felt like I was in a retail Narnia

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After a long day of interning, I was able to enjoy some wine and lovely hors d’oeuvres of both Korean and Chinese styles (since lunar new year is not just Chinese) all the while meeting some great people and enjoying great company. I was able to congratulate Ryo Liu, co-founder and creative director of Pinky Otto on being acknowledged as one of three emerging Asian American Designers.

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How a designers’ personality is so clearly reflected in the clothing they design never ceases to amaze me. (This coming from someone who used to study fashion design and design collections/make garments)

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a rack of pinkyotto clothing!

I even met some FIT graduates! It was great getting some advice and hearing about what they were up to only a few years after graduation.

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I bonded with another group of girls over some delicious sliders we had, flipped through The Little Black Jacket book with a few strangers bonding over how beautiful the photos (and subjects) were, and even met an Abercrombie Model who (wait for it) was indeed fully dressed. :O

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Who doesn’t love models who are nice especially when they aren’t flashing 6-pack abs? 😛

 For my outfit details, see previous post here

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wish I could’ve seen the exhibition in person :T

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one of my favorite actresses- Tang Wei!

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And to top it off, there were some great pieces of Asian Art displayed throughout the rooms.IMG_0176 IMG_0179

I would love to have pieces like this in my home someday.

Thank you Macy’s for a wonderful start to Lunar New Year Celebrations and for a great break after the first day of fashion week!

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Pinky Otto– 307 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003 (one of many locations) http://www.pinkyotto.com/

Macy’s Herald Square–  151 W. 34th St., New York

“This bright new year is given me

To live each day with zest

To daily grow and try to be

My highest and my best!”

– William Arthur Ward

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