Founder and Creative Director
Vivian was ultimately able to accomplish her dreams by attending college in Australia. Her degree in tourism gave Vivian a chance to continue traveling around the world. It also opened her eyes to different cultures other than her own and made her realize how hard growing up in a developing country can be. Vivian settled in the United States but returned to school later to study another passion of hers; fashion design. Designing clothing reminded Vivian of her country and watching talented seamstresses work on beautiful garments. When Vivian returned to Vietnam years later, she was again exposed to people suffering with disabilities, struggling with abandonment, and battling poverty. After visiting several local orphanages, Vivian discovered what she describes as her “purpose.” These heart-wrenching visits reminded Vivian of the challenges young children in her beloved country live through daily. It became very evident to her that the fate of a child is largely dependent upon the economic resources available to them. Vivian was immediately moved to provide help in some way. Her dreams of creating a new business and focusing on fashion design evolved into a mechanism to provide hope for the world’s often forgotten children. Through Cross Border Wear, Vivian has discovered a way to combine all of her passions in a manner that will provide resources and sustainable opportunities to those in need, so that they can live confidently and peacefully.
Designer and Product Development Coordinator
Isabel graduated from UW-Stout with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Development with a focus on Sustainability. She has always had a passion for apparel design, but it wasn’t until after declaring her minor in sustainability, that Isabel realized how much needed to be changed in the fashion industry. Her definition of sustainability has continued to evolve and broaden. Isabel believes that we need to be thinking not only about caring for our planet, but its people too. Through her work in sustainable fashion, Isabel has been privileged to work in many areas related to her field of study, including numerous ethical and sustainable companies across the map. Cross Border Wear is another company she feels privileged to work for. Isabel believes that the world should learn to listen to children more and follow their unfiltered values of love, care, and acceptance. She believes that investing in the lives of children is just what the world needs to make a positive and sustainable impact!
Alexi is a recent UW-Stout graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design and Development. She has always had a strong appreciation for different cultures and languages which led her to minor in applied foreign languages. Her cultural background allowed her to connect with Cross Border Wear and the work they do. Through her sorority and other stout organizations, she has had many volunteer opportunities and loves being able to give back. She is truly passionate about finding a way to give back while working in the apparel industry.
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Susanna is our digital gal, currently studying Digital Marketing Technology at The University of Wisconsin Stout. Working with Cross Border Wear allows her to combine her passion for social issues with her education in marketing. Vivian's story and connection with forgotten children in Vietnam is what makes the company unique, special, and most importantly, worth sharing. Susanna truly believes in the purpose and mission behind Cross Border Wear and enjoys seeing creativity and love shine through the company.
Our Seamstress Team
Our seamstress team in Vietnam is comprised of talented, hopeful women who are essential in helping Cross Border Wear attain our vision. These women are able to utilize their unique skills in the creation of our dresses, allowing us the ability to provide our customers with distinctive clothing that is of the highest quality. Additionally, by employing these women, Cross Border Wear is able to help them improve their quality of life, as well as their families’ quality of life. Furthermore, Cross Border Wear recognizes that providing women an opportunity to engage in the workforce has benefits for the economy that extend far beyond any one individual. Empowering women helps empower a community - and even a country.
“We are all young and passionate about what we’re doing. It’s not just about a piece of clothing. It’s a passion to help others and make a difference.”