About Yeohlee Teng
“We live in a world of diminishing resources with time as our most precious commodity. Time and consumption encapsulates YEOHLEEs’ zero waste ethos”. - Yeohlee Teng
Yeohlee Teng moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design. She has worked primarily in New York City and established her own house, YEOHLEE inc in 1981.
Yeohlee believes that "clothes have magic." She dresses the "urban nomad", a term she coined for her Fall 1997 collection, defining a lifestyle that requires clothing that works on a variety of practical and psychological levels. She is a master of design management and believes in the efficiency of year-round, seasonless clothes.
Yeohlee's designs have earned a permanent place in the Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where the late Richard Martin, then Chief Curator, called her "one of the most ingenious makers of clothing today."
YEOHLEE: WORK published in 2003 surveys the 20 years of Yeohlee's practice with essays by prominent fashion, art and design curators and critics.
Yeohlee Teng is the recipient of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Fashion 2004
In 2010 YEOHLEE NY, a Made in New York retail store was established in the Garment District. Today the store and workroom is located at 12 West 29th Street in the NOMAD/Flatiron district.