After college Andrew had no plan for his career and became an IT consultant. But he had dreams of making something he was proud of.
Andrew is now the co-founder, along with partner Johan Lam, of 3Sixteen, a high end denim and clothing brand that sources its own fabrics from the Kuroki Mill in Japan and which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Andrew and Johan are also the co-owners, along with Kiya Babzani of the New York and LA outposts of Self Edge, a premium menswear boutique.
In this interview conducted at Self Edge New York in the Lower East Side, you’ll hear Andrew discuss his path to creating a custom fit career, the importance of strong support and that to get what you want in life, you gotta just go for it.
“You just want to make something and see if anybody else out there gets it.” – Andrew Chen
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(A look from 3sixteen’s SS14 collection, photo via 3sixteen.com)
(Andrew inspecting their custom made fabric at the Kuroki Mill in Japan, photo via VSCO)
(Throwback: A design from their t-shirt era circa 2003)