Featuring the Fall 2020 collection
from Zang Toi
Barbara Burns and Ashley Rosen, Chairmen
Presented by Gus Mayer
About Zang Toi
Zang Toi is a renowned Fashion Designer who has built a tradition of elegance for 30 years.
Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia. He was the youngest of seven children of a local grocer.
Zang landed in New York City at the age of 20 where he studied at the distinguished Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and soon after, U.S Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Zang in March 1990 issue and was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. In that same year, Zang was awarded the Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year, which recognizes the top, young, U.S. designer of the year.
In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank De Caro enthusiastically noted of the Malaysian-born designer and his success, “If anyone is THE NEXT BIG THING, it’s him.” (Newsday, New York, 29 April 1991). Since that time, Zang’s work has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, etc. Not only has he dressed Hollywood celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Farrah Fawcett, Kristie Alley, Patti LaBelle, Gong Li, Eva Longoria, Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) and Heather Graham, but has also created luxurious lookd for philanthropists and royalty including Melinda Gates and Saudi Princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud. Along with his passion for glamorous fashion, Zang has been an avid philanthropist, himself, and has raised over USD $700,000 to help in the effort in finding a cure for cancer.
Zang’s continued success was recognized by Vivid Magazine, where he was named as one of the Top 8 most influential Chinese Americans (June-July 2011 issue). After 28 years in business, Zang opened his flagship boutique. The jewel box boutique opened on Sept.13, 2017. It is an 800-square-foot unit with marble floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, crystal chandeliers and an oversize French mahogany table refinished with white lacquer and shiny chrome.
Today, the world continues to recognize Zang’s passion for timeless beauty as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.