REMY NY was founded in 2017 by Dan Choi. During his time in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Dan was approached by a homeless barefoot, young girl, dressed in tattered clothes with short hair selling gum, tissues, and other items. It was evident this young girl was facing unfortunate circumstances and looking for any means of survival. Dan also noticed something different about this girl—her hair was short. Most girls in Vietnam have beautifully, long, luxurious hair. Wanting to help this young girl, and others like her, he came to the realization that he could use women’s hair to help empower them and improve the lives of women and children in Vietnam.

REMY NY’s mission is to help local communities in Vietnam, by ethically sourcing and paying high and fair wages for women’s hair all while providing work opportunities for those in the community. Not only does REMY NY work with men and women living in abject poverty, we work with students who need help paying for rent and tuition. These students are trained in ventilating and help us hand tie many products over the course of 1-3 months, allowing them to earn an income and learn new skills in the art of wig making.

It’s clear that there is no shortage of hair companies in the world—REMY NY is one of thousands. What differentiates us is that our priority focuses on our ethical sourcing method and the women who allow us this opportunity by providing us with their beautiful hair, often times having very sentimental value. By allowing us this opportunity to pay these women for their hair, they’re able to then put food on the table, pay for their child’s swimming lessons, put their child through school, or put clothes on their backs. Paying fair wages for this hair also attracts women who refuse to sell to hair collectors, who typically exploit disenfranchised women and pay pennies on the dollar compared to what REMY NY pays. Our rates are not only unheard of, but have the potential to change lives.

Working with REMY NY means helping women put food on the table, clothes on their children’s backs, and a roof over their heads. It means providing opportunities for men and women in poverty to work and provide for themselves and their families. It is a means of survival and an opportunity for a better life. Rather than follow current social trends, we hope to give you a glimpse into what makes REMY NY truly unique.

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