Derek Lam is an American fashion designer. He was born in San Francisco, California but has a Chinese American origin. Lam graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1990. Lam began working as an assistant for Michael Kors in the 90s and worked there for four years. Lam then moved to Hong Kong to work for a large retail brand. Following his Hong Kong experience, Derek returned to New York and was appointed vice President of Design for Michael Kors’ Kors line.