Chai‘s epiphany came in a Las Vegas pizza joint. She knew she needed to craft a fall-winter 2014 collection full of tangible, touchable meaning. The feel of the garments had to convey their value.

There are local designers, and then there are designers who happen to be local. After 14 years on a top team at Nordstrom, Bellevue-based fashion and retail veteran Suk Chai steps out with Schai (pronounced “shay”), her deeply personal premiere line. Chai details what went into the brand’s first collection, and reveals where she’d like it to go. 




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