Born and raised in Ohio, Nary is a unique example of creative motivation and success. He arose from a tumultuous upbringing, as well as frequent homelessness to pursue his dream. As the designer to his self-named label, which began in 2005, Nary Manivong debuted his fall 2007 collection, after taking a hiatus for spring 2007 season. Though this was a short hiatus, Nary has resurfaced with a new vision. As a self-taught designer, Nary learned the fundamentals of fashion design through real world experience and determination. Such attributes are why Women’s Wear Daily named him as one of twelve designers to watch for in fall 2005. This acclaim was soon followed in short by media coverage, industry reviews, helping to create a promising horizon for Manivong’s future enterprise.
Currently Nary Manivong’s self-named label is on hold and has created a new line with design partner Alexandria Hilfiger called NAHM. NAHM represent the initials of the design duo and it also means “water” in Laos.