Wen Zhou

Wen Zhou

Chief Executive, 3.1 Phillip Lim

The formidable executive helped grow a fledgling American designer label into a global contemporary brand in a few short years.

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The formidable executive helped grow a fledgling American designer label into a global contemporary brand in a few short years.

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Biography

As CEO of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Wen Zhou has earned the respect of the industry for her entrepreneurial mindset and can-do attitude, propelling the Phillip Lim business from fledgling start-up to international fashion brand — with retail stores in Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles and annual revenues exceeding $42 million — in just over four years.

Zhou’s skills in fabric sourcing and production management, as well as her sound business judgment, have enabled 3.1 Phillip Lim to offer a winning proposition, combining a strong fashion point-of-view, quality construction and more accessible price points, enabled by made-in-China production sourced via Zhou’s strong relationships in Asia.

Zhou told Time magazine, “The thing I remember from childhood is the soothing sound of my mother's sewing machine putting me to sleep. I came from a town that had no plumbing, no heat, we were simply looking to survive. I wanted to do better."

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