LanVy Nguyen is the founder of Fashion4Freedom which provides access to capital, design, and technology for Vietnamese artisans. She leads a group of multi-disciplinary design innovators committed to bringing economic democracy and social impact to the current fashion industry. She calls herself an accidental philanthropist having left corporate America to invest in big manufacturing, dissatisfied with social and environmental outcomes in Vietnam, LanVy established an impact fund that directly invests in rural farmers, artisans, and indigenous communities in Vietnam. Currently, the fund has invested in over 70 artisan co-ops, villages, and communities impacting over 40,000 people in rural Vietnam while changing the manufacturing model to include traditional makers and preserve artisanal heritage.
Fashion4Freedom has accomplished in creating a new manufacturing model to compete with conventional factory methods and is the only platform that helps designers and brands access low-minimum production with artisans without membership fees. We offer opportunities for brands to explore high impact design with low commitment.
With experience at all levels of the fashion supply chain from designing to manufacturing to investment, LanVy has a unique portfolio of skills to provide the industry with an alternative choice for development and ethical production. Prior to work in Vietnam, LanVy spent a decade in roles relating to corporate finance, business development, and mergers & acquisition. She combines strengths in business development, manufacturing experience, love of design and passion for social change to establish Fashion4Freedom. We bridge the gap between small producers and the fashion industry to ensure social responsibility in manufacturing while preserving traditional skills.
Currently, she is exploring ways of connecting Blockchain to the supply chain to ensure greater compensation fairness.