Women today are still plagued with many notions. We may now be living in an equal modern society, yet women still get judged, looked down, or even ostracized for being a different kind of woman.
Michele Chan has heard all these labels. As a member of the famed Chan clan (best known for the brand Oishi), it’s easy to assume that Michele grew up privileged. She is however, quick to debunk this myth, “We were taught hard work and for as long as I can remember, my parents have always been working.” This was the environment that she was raised in and what she has come to know.
Michele, who started out with just a team of three grew the company where she managed to not only make it a successful venture, even helping other local brands excel, but also branch out to other equally successful endeavors. She stayed within the food industry by opening up Pie Face, a unique restaurant from Australia that introduces a new kind of dining experience through its one-of-a-kind pies.
Her second venture dives into the world of fashion, an entirely different ball game but one she has become passionate about.
Initially not a big follower of fashion, Michele decided to get into the industry when she realized that fashion is for every woman—the price tag doesn’t have to be hefty, it just needed to be well-tailored, easy to put together in the morning, and most importantly, comfortable enough to make anyone confident.
These are the things she would like to infuse into her clothing brand, Tryst. A venture separate from what she has grown up with, Michele plunges into it with an undeniable sparkling confidence. The reason for her confidence, she believes, is the fact that of her very own experiences, sprinkled with experiences of others, that create Tryst. Tryst, she describes, is meant to be that luxurious escapade. For someone who runs several companies while also rearing her own family, she understands what it is like to be a busy working mom.
Michele also has a strong grasp on what it is like to be a woman so busy that sometimes forgets to take care of herself. For Michele, what is often sacrificed is wearing classic pieces that can be easily picked out at the beginning of a busy day without sacrificing the elegant and classy look.
Inspired by her many trips to Europe, Tryst was called such due to the fact that having classic clothes can be considered an escape, a pleasure, and a “tryst” of some sort.
When asked to describe who the Tryst woman is, she is quick to respond, “She’s empowered, discerning, and a busy on-the-go woman who is always confident enough to know what she wants.”
At the end of the day, Michele believes that the goal is to empower women and give them the confidence they need to excel at work. She also reminds us that investing in one’s self is necessary in producing quality output at work, at home, and in our relationships.
Michele is proof that by helping one another, women empower each other in a way that cultivates a culture that is no longer trapped by labels or double standards. It further cements the notion that as long as women work together, we can truly run the world.
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Tryst is now open at Rockwell. Follow them on Instagram or Facebook for more details.