Omaha Fashion Week's next season is just around the corner, and we're thrilled to share more about our amazing lineup of designers!
Meet Austin Do, the Emerging Designer behind Tú! With a focus on creating garments that highlight individualism, he draws inspiration from tech wear clothing and military fatigues for his upcoming line "Transgress".
How did you get into fashion? Share a little about your background.
I started up-cycling thrifted clothing and teaching myself how to taper jeans. After a while I got into making pieces from scratch for myself. My love for sewing and clothing grew as time passed.
Describe your brand and the point of view you wish to convey.
Tú is the name of my brand, as well as my Vietnamese name. It translates to luxuriant or beautiful. I design contemporary streetwear, mainly focused on menswear but my looks can be worn by both genders. My main message is to be individual and never allow anyone to say you can’t be a certain thing or act a certain way. Be yourself and be your best.
Tell me about the overarching ideas of your brand.
The idea of my brand is “individualism”. I want to create a way for people to dress, act, and live the way they wish, not allowing outside influences and pressure to persuade them.
Describe your favorite project or projects that you have worked on.
My favorite project was definitely my first Omaha Fashion Week collection, RoyalRoses.
Where do you look for inspiration? Describe the specific inspiration for your new collection.
My design inspiration simply comes from clothing that I like to wear. For my new collection “Transgress”, I wanted to convey a rebellious aesthetic. I took inspiration from military fatigues and tech wear.
What signature styles, materials, or processes do you feature in your line?
My signature style is very geometric and minimalist. It is simple, not basic. I'm using military fabrics like woven twills and rip stop to give my looks functionality and a military spec look. I'm also choosing to stick with a monochromatic color palette, using black, white, and grays to give my collection a stealthy ominous look.
To learn more about Austin and his work, visit his website and follow along on Instagram as he continues to prepare for the runway! And be sure to grab tickets to Omaha Fashion Week February 27-March 3!