Phillip Lim started his own collection 3.1 Phillip Lim with business partner Wen Zhou in the Fall of 2005. The first collection was distributed worldwide in 15 different countries. In 2006, his collection was selected to open the world famous New York Fashion Week. He received the Rising Star Award For Women's Apparel by the Fashion Group International. While working for the brand "Development", Mr. Lim perfected design traits such as style, simplicity, individualism and integrated all of them into his collection. His collection is well balanced and easy to wear with his silhouette, attention to detail and materials. He incorporates femininity into his women's garments which can be worn casually. The 3.1 Phillip Lim collection reflects his love of NY and the needs of the fashion forward who live in the wonderful city. With his new found success, Phillip was inspired to create a men's collection which is new for 2007. The same year, he received the honor of winning the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award of Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum as well as opening his first free standing store in New York City. At the helm of a pioneering contemporary brand - designing women's, men's kids, accessories, shoes, underpinnings - Lim is one of the most talented and successful young designers today. The brand is now available in over 50 countries and 400 boutiques and department stores worldwide including 5 flagship stores.