Thien Le Fashion Designer

Socialites, celebrities and athletes across the world count on Thien Le to dress them around the clock.

The Canadian designer’s flawless workmanship carries through all of his lines: from luxurious cashmere weekend wear to versatile pieces for golfing to red-carpet couture.

His designs are polished and skillfully draped with no expense spared.

Baby-soft, double-lined cashmere coats. One-seam, bias-cut, hand- embroidered evening gowns. His wedding dresses often incorporate 30 metres of silk chiffon — enough material to cover nearly the entire length of a football field.

His work often references the 1930s, 40s and 50s — a window Le calls “the elegant period.”

It’s no wonder he rarely sleeps. For Le, a late start means arriving at his downtown Toronto studio by 4 a.m.

In Toronto, he studied at the International Academy of Design. He cut his teeth at the Canadian Opera Company, creating costumes with an attention to detail that has become his trademark.

In 1999, he launched his own label, the first of more than half-dozen lines that now bear his name. Le also works as a consultant for corporations and has consulted with Bombardier, Miele, Cashmere, Virgin Mobile, Lancome and Elizabeth Arden.

Today, at 35, he is recognized as one of Canada’s premier designers.

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