When husband and wife Eddie and Ming Wang immigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan in the late 1970s, the duo both began attending New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. They learned to create hand-knit clothing, which quickly garnered a following. In 1986, the Wangs founded Toula--a knit collection for special occasions, which featured fine yarns and fashion-forward designs. Within a few years, Ming Wang also began stamping her name on select garments. These clothes became the precursor of the Ming Wang label.
With Toula's continued success, its creators decided to branch out into daywear in the year 2000. The new Ming Wang brand took inspiration from its namesake and sought to give women more choices for everyday wear. Customers were immediately enthusiastic about the label, and it was soon picked up by major retailers like Nordstrom, Dillard's, and Von Maur. Toula began to outgrow its original headquarters, and the company relocated to Dallas, Texas, in 2006. All Ming Wang clothes are manufactured in China, but the brand's business operations take place stateside. The company's mission is to create an excellent shopping experience for all of its customers through attention to detail, cutting-edge technology, impeccable craftsmanship, and quality customer service.
Even though it is technically the more casual brand in the Toula family, Ming Wang is still comprised of clothes that are very sleek and sophisticated. Knitwear was the company's first niche, and it continues to specialize in high-quality knitted fabrics. You can find a modest selection of tees and tanks that are designed for both comfort and style. Black is the most common color, but Ming Wang also occasionally offers other options. The brand also features knit dresses in styles like bodycon, v-neck, ponte, and sleeveless. When it comes to light outerwear, you can choose among sweaters and jackets--many of which include unique patterns and/or detailing.
It took until 2011 for Ming Wang to expand its collections beyond knitwear, but the company now offers some fabric pants and other apparel to help round out your wardrobe. Bottoms include trousers, ankle pants, and crops. Most products offer a relaxed waistband for added comfort, while also flattering the silhouette of the wearer. Skirts are also popular bottoms, and they are available in midi, mini, and maxi lengths. Ming Wang offers most of its apparel in both missy and women's sizes so that it can appeal to as many potential shoppers as possible.
Ming Wang keeps its collections small and relatively basic, with new styles being released twice each year. Even though the label is slightly more casual than Toula, it can still be considered a luxury brand (and most clothes have the high price tag to match). For women who aren't scared off by the price, however, Ming Wang apparel is very well made and built to last. You might also be able to find a great deal on clothes from the brand via consignment. Overall, we give Ming Wang 4 stars out of 5.