The History of House of Wu Prom Dresses
Wu, the owner of House of Wu, “came to the formal wear industry in a roundabout way, drawn by serendipity and opportunity. He earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from National Ocean University in his native country of Taiwan and then served two years in the Taiwan navy. Upon leaving the military in the early 1980’s, Wu decided to continue his studies in the United States.” After graduating he decided on a bridal shop. Wu initially partnered with the owner of an existing shop, but soon ventured out on his own. That’s when he loaded his car with gowns, samples and photographs, and hit the road as a salesman, selling Tiffany Design prom dresses, and from there the company blossomed into a huge success. Wu now manufacturers, designs and owns one of the largest prom dress design houses in the U.S.
House of Wu Line of Business
In Wen Wu’s (the owner of Tiffany Designs, line of business, “perfection is everything.” Under the name House of Wu and with several designer labels, the company designs, imports and distributes the prom dresses and gowns that for many women mark major life events- weddings, proms and pageants. The business itself has passed some significant benchmarks. Twenty years ago, Wu traveled from store to store, selling prom dresses from the trunk of his car. Now he operates out of 45,000 square feet.” Wu started his business with just the prom line Tiffany Designs, and now it has grown to include Panoply, Studio 17, and Hannah S. These four divisions of House of Wu have become known as the Fab 4 Collection of Prom Dresses.
House of Wu’s Growing Success
In addition to Wen Wu having a knack and understanding of the changing fashions in the prom world, Wu’s engineering background helped him to build a solid foundation for the business. It has allowed him to develop a sprawling network that operates out of 45,000 square feet, “All the space is a testament to the company’s growing success. The House of Wu annually ships about 250,000 prom gowns to more than 2,800 retail outlets in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. With another shipping facility in China and connections around the world, he has established an international network.”
What’s in a Name?
Did you know that Tiffany Designs was named after Wen Wu’s daughter? Yes, that’s right. Tiffany is the adorable daughter of the King of Prom.