Born in Des Moines Iowa, the stylish eyewear designer and entrepreneur graduated from product design at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She began her career as a fashion model and the movie wardrobe assistant of Oscar-nominated art director William Chang Suk-Pin. However, with a strong passion and fascination towards sunglasses, she decided to launch her own brand REVÉ by RENÉ, and began to design eyewear for both men and women featuring bold shapes and playful detachable parts from whimsical cat ears to golden vampire fangs and unicorn horns.
The creative concept quickly attracted the (now-closed) iconic Parisian boutique Colette, as well as the world’s top celebrities and style icons from Beyoncé to Gwyneth Paltrow, G-Dragon, Chaelin, Siwon Choi, Fan Bing Bing, Sammi Cheng, Chriselle Lim and Aimee Song.
Today, REVÉ is stocked in over thirty notable retailers across the world, including LA’s Just One Eye, MOCA museum, Seoul’s Boon the shop and Puyi Optical. Read on to learn more about Chu as she answers our signature questionnaire.
Name: René Chu
Age: Old enough to know better!
Neighbourhood: Wan Chai
Occupation: Founder of REVÉ by RENÉ
Anyone with the courage to pursue ideals, the wisdom to know which ones to pursue, and the intelligence to succeed in doing so.
I was a model.
The fishballs at Fire Well Hot Pot and Seafood Restaurant.
Not often enough. I do love to cook, but I just don’t have the time these days.
There are too many. Uluru, Antarctica, Iceland, to name a few.
Losing my drive.
Watching @tinykitchentm on Instagram.
My childhood growing up in Des Moines Iowa.
Catching fireflies in my backyard.
Having the ability to multitask efficiently.
Spending time with my granny.
There are many! Aladdin’s “A Whole New World.”
Yes, it’s in the eyes, always in the eyes.
I’ve lost count, but my current favourites are the Hogan and Nike sneakers.
I’m an introvert, so I choose to be alone.
I have vivid dreams every night.