It all started when I attended the Hmong Milwaukee New Year back in 2012. I went there dressed up in a three piece fitted suit and noticed that other Hmong men and boys were also dressed in a three piece suit, casual or traditional Hmong outfits. Right there and then something clicked in my mind. As an entrepreneur, I noticed that I wanted to represent myself as a fashionable modern Hmong man. And that’s where the MAGIC began. I wanted to apply and envisioned Hmong inspired everyday accessories to wear on every occasion. Now since I was already at the Hmong New Year, I decided to purchase 6 yards of Hmong fabric from a woman who was vending there that day. When I got home that night I turned to my mom and asked her to make me a bow tie out of the fabric. Within one week she made me the most beautiful Hmong inspired bow tie. I was speechless and quite frankly, it almost had me in tears.
Moving forward one year later in 2013, the three bow ties my mother made me were worn to various number of occasions. Each time I wore the bow ties, I would receive an incredible amount of compliments. It wasn’t until November 2013 when I decided to start this business that I was so passionate about. The more I did it, the more I fell in love with it – especially having my mom as my partner in crime showing me the ropes on how to sew, the meaning behind the different designs and just simply sharing a Hmong heritage past made by hand to an everyday modern wear.With the compliments and the love of sewing, it led me to venture on to making strictly men’s accessories building this new legacy that has never been seen or done before ever. We are innovating to be the most dapper Hmong mens fashion.
XIXO Men’s Wear
P.S. I renamed it XIXO because my real name is Sheeso. It’s pronounced the same but spelt differently. This time around I definitely feel that the business name is much stronger, catchier & we’ll be here for the long run.