Press & Events
Flags of Peace Project
February, 2017: The Hague, Netherlands
Fueled by Dutch design agency, Trapped in Suburbia, the Flags of Peace Project "aims to gather a flag design from every nation in the world. Through contributions from both established and young talented designers it creates a visual dialogue around peace and its symbolism. Together the flags present a global spectrum of ideas on peace, each highlighting particular relationships and views towards the topic."
CHIMMI was asked to design a Peace Flag for Bhutan and we are so humbled to be a part of such a noble mission. Huge thanks to the very talented, Pema Wangyel of Wangyel Studio for his savvy design help!
In the Buddhist tradition, the butter lamp symbolizes the wisdom of an awakened mind. Fire dispels the darkness of our own ignorance, giving rise to clarity and wisdom. This butter lamp is offered in our peace flag with the prayers and aspiration that all beings may experience greater mental clarity through the virtuous action of body, speech and mind to discover our own internal source of lasting PEACE and HAPPINESS.
5 December, 2016
CHIMMI House of Deisgn is always proud to be a part of Bhutan's first and only women's magazine, Yeewong. Check out the exclusive photoshoot for our Fall 2016 collection at yeewongmagazine.com
VOGUE INDIA: The Traveling Jacket
CHIMMI House of Design is so excited to announce our VOGUE DEBUT! Chimmi Choden was selected to participate in a collaborative design project uniting five designers across the Indian sub-continent. You can read the full Vogue article here, and be sure to check out Bhutan's top model, Deki Wangmo as she turns Thimphu's landmarks into an urban catwalk in the Traveling Jacket video on Vouge.in!
AsiaN Designer week: New Delhi
19-20 November, 2016
CHD's Fall Collection made its runway debut on Day One of Asian Designer Week in New Delhi! This collection of casual dresses and coats was inspired by the traditional Bhutanese gho and heavy winter yathra yak wool weaves.
See photos from the runway on the ADW facebook page and #ADWFW16
Stay tuned for the video compilation coming out soon!
Behind the Scenes with Vogue India
THE TRAVELING JACKET
Chimmi Choden was selected by VOGUE India as one of seven designers from the South Asian region to collaborate in a cross-cultural design initiative. One designer from each country; India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan contributed a piece of the textile puzzle to create a one-of-a-kind "Traveling Jacket." VOGUE videographer,, Danish Hurzook traveled to Thimphu in August to document the design story.
Stay tuned for the upcoming feature in VOGUE India Magazine!
DRUK FOUNDATION FOR ART PRESERVATION
5 MAY, 2016: ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTER
One of our favorite pieces, a long vest made from an antique gho was auctioned at a private VIP dinner at the Hong Kong Asia Society to benefit the Druk Foundation for Art Preservation. The unique garment went to a well know art collector and dealer of thangkas. Proceeds from the auction marked an important step for the Thimphu Conservation Centre to achieve its goal to be a sustainable, long term and independent entity. CHIMMI House of Design was honored to contribute to the cause.
20 April, 2016: "THE ROYAL SOUVENIRS FROM PRINCE WILLIAM AND PRINCESS KATE'S TRIP TO INDIA AND BHUTAN JUST KEEP ON COMING!"
"Bhutanese royals King Jigme and Queen Jetsun ordered a pair of colorful coats from designer Chimmi Choden, who understands they were a gift for Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The wool-and silk-blend coats were hand-dyed and carried traditional motifs that have been used by Bhutanese weavers for generation, Choden tells PEOPLE."
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES
22 April, 2016: "PRINCE GEORGE AND PRINCESS CHARLOTTE GOT SOUVENIRS FROM BHUTAN WHEN THEIR PARENTS PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE MIDDLETON RETURNED HOME FROM THEIR ROYAL VISIT OF INDIA AND BHUTAN."
"King Jigme, 36, and Queen Jetsun, 25, ordered the coats for 2-year-old George and 11-month-old Charlotte from designer Chimmi Choden. One of the frontline designers of Bhutan, Chimmi knew that the jackets were gifts for the British royal kids. The designer, who will be showing in the city of Kolkata in India, said that the wool and silk-blend coats were hand-dyed and had traditional motifs that have been used by Bhutanese weavers for generations."
CHD PROFILE FEATURED ON ESTEEMED FASHION WEBSITE
"Discovering and supporting pioneers in contemporary fashion... The NOT JUST A LABEL platform nurtures and supports emerging designers to progress and finance their careers, providing a global platform through which to build their name."
CHIMMI House of Design is thrilled to be a part of this innovative collection of international designers. Check out our profile on their website for a glimpse into this inspiring world of emerging talent.
EASTERN FASHION LEGACY
11-13 MARCH, 2016: CALCUTTA, INDIA
Our 2016 Collection had its runway debut on opening night of the Eastern Fashion Legacy Event. Actor Kelly Dorji strutted his stuff as our honorable showstopper wearing a pinstriped silk and cotton sports coat. Three nights of fashion, eleven designers, hundreds of ensembles, and over 2,000 lively guests.
The EFL event highlights designers working with indigenous products and textiles.The event aims to foster business opportunities in the realm of textile and associated industries, connecting textile designers and fashion houses with key players and buyers in the indigenous and ethnic fashion industry.
MERCEDES BENZ STYLO ASIA FASHION WEEK
6 MARCH, 2016: KUALA LAMPUR, MALAYSIA
CHIMMI House of Design was invited to participate in the first ever Asia-wide collaboration of top emerging designers at the Mercedes Benz STYLO Asia Fashion Week in Kuala Lampur. The event featured designers from Bhutan, China, Korea, Japan, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan and Vietnam. This international platform also attracts the industry's top buyers, media, editors, retailers, celebrities and VIP's from around the world.
THE CULTURE TRIP
CHIMMI CHODEN: THE BHUTANESE FASHION DESIGNER TO WATCH
"For most, Bhutan’s fashion scene is as unexplored as Bhutan itself. But in reality, fashion is an exploding industry there, and the designer leading the pack is Chimmi Choden. By mixing the artistic heritage of Bhutan’s intricate weaving culture with a modern twist, CHIMMI House of Design is grabbing the attention of both local and global fashionistas."
Pohon Budi Tree of Life Exhibition
3 November, 2015: Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Curated by Edric Ong, (President of Society Atelier Sarawak and Senior Vice President of World Crafts Council) and Manjari Nirula ( Vice President, World Crafts Council Asia-Pacific), the exhibition featured more than "200 works that explore the tree of life motif in world craft cultures."
Chimmi was invited to showcase her custom textiles and kushutara alongside other established artists from 30 countries, across the South Asia, South East Asia, East Asia, Central Asia, the Americas and Europe. She was both humbled and elated when her entire collection sold out.
Several pieces continue on traveling exhibition with Mr. Ong throughout Malaysia and India.
MakeMyTrip.com in Collaboration with Wizcraft International
4 September, 2015: Thimphu, Bhutan
CHIMMI House of Design curated an exclusive fashion show at Thimphu's Royal Textile Academy for Indian travel company, MakeMyTrip.com in collaboration with renowned event management agency, Wizcraft International. VIP Guests enjoyed an intimate preview of CHD's 2015 Fall Collection in the courtyard of the capital city's premiere venue.
Laguna Beach International Wrap Festival
14-16JULY, 2015: Laguna beach, California
Chimmi Choden was invited to participate in this unique festival by Edric Ong, Senior Vice President of the World Crafts Council/ Asia Pacific Region. The festival showcased global fashions from cultures that utilize various wrapped garments in their national dress. The event was featured in ORNAMENT Magazine; "The idea behind the festival is a celebration of the universality of handmade textiles between countries. As the bond that ties the whole event together, the wrapped garment, being the simplest method of utilizing cloth as garb, is the star."
REAL NYC Designer Market
24 JULY, 2015: New York, New York
CHIMMI House of Designs' debut in the fashion capital of the world! CHD held a booth in New York's rotating designer market located in Lower Manhattan's Little Italy district. The REAL NYC Designer Market features work from artists, fashion designers, jewelry designers, graphic artists, writers, photographers, sculptors, painters, wood-workers, silversmiths vintage collectors, printers and much more.
The Royal Textile Academy: Window to Woven Dreams
6 June, 2013: Thimphu, Bhutan
In a first of it's kind event, The Royal Textile Academy organized a fashion show to celebrate the much anticipated inauguration of the new museum and weaving school. The event showcased collections by local and Indian designers inspired by traditional Bhutanese textiles. It also provided the first ever legitimized platform for emerging Bhutanese designers. For Chimmi Choden, this event set her on a trajectory that would change her life. "It was the first time seeing our textiles on the runway like that, and I realized they have a place in today's fashion world." Chimmi thanks Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck and the RTA for their inspiring dedication to Bhutan's textile arts.