LanVy Nguyen is the founder of Fashion4Freedom, 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 while changing the lens of investment to efficiently use impact funds to inject new capital, improve productivity, and empower an unrepresented labor force.
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. Currently, she is exploring ways of connecting Blockchain to the supply chain to ensure greater compensation fairness.