Atlanta-based designer Mimi Tin, has been inventing and creating since the first day she picked up a pencil and a pair of scissors. From the earliest age, Mimi was no stranger to pushing the design limits to realize her visions. Born in Burma, Mimi came to the U.S. with her family in search of freedom, and found the freedom to use her imagination. Raised on the romantic stories from her mother's impressive upbringing in Burma, the stories of how she could describe a dress to a seamstress and have it perfectly created, Mimi was taught that anything was possible. So as a young child, Mimi relied on her imagination and natural curiosity to discover her new environment. Manufactured toys were not a luxury as she began her new life, so Mimi began to transform ordinary paper towel rolls into doll furniture, colorful pieces of paper into one-of-a-kind doll dresses, and cardboard boxes into dolls and an array of imaginative toys.
Mimi's creativity was boundless. Her artistic abilities were noted and nurtured in school, and she was granted a Fine Arts Scholarship to Carson-Newman College in Tennessee. Her desire to learn more about graphic design was insatiable, and she went on to pursue a degree in Design at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.
In her final year at the Portfolio Center, Mimi's love of furniture design was ignited when she was assigned a project to create a chair inspired by the Pop Art Movement, and as a result, her furniture company was born. Sushi Style is a line of high-end ottomans inspired by the designs of meticulously prepared sushi rolls.
While Mimi was developing her Sushi Style Collection, she also began her career as a multi-faceted graphic designer and she has worked in all areas from identity creation to implementation. Her client roster is impressive and has included work with The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Airlines, Samsung Electronics, Sydney Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (SOCOG), Sony Corporation, Chick-fil-A and more.
Mimi returned to the Portfolio Center to teach Olympic Branding and Retail Branding classes so she could share her love and enthusiasm for design with other students. She also volunteers with the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta and hopes to one day fund an organization to help Burmese immigrants living in the United States.
Mimi is thrilled to begin this new adventure as she launches her first Collection of high fashion gowns and ready-to-wear pieces at New York Fashion Week in September. She has come full circle as she is able to draw from her past experiences in the creative field. Her graphic design experience plays a large role in the creation of vibrant patterns, which are incorporated into all the pieces in the Collection, and the knowledge she has gained as a furniture designer has been utilized for fabric choices and in creating the 3-Dimensional elements for the gowns.
For inspiration, she drew images from her vibrant dreams and wild imagination to create the fabric patterns and unique gowns for the new “Dreamworld” Collection.