REMY NY was founded in 2017 when Dan Choi was approached by a homeless, barefoot, young girl dressed in tattered clothes with short hair selling gum and tissues in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. It was apparent this young girl was facing unfortunate circumstances and looking for any means of survival. 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.

Our mission is to help women living in povertywhether in Vietnam, US, or elsewhere around the worldby providing opportunities. Our supply chain starts by ethically sourcing and paying high and fair wages for women’s hair all while providing work opportunities. In the US, we teach women how to create hair extensions and then direct customers to them. Many of these women are learning a skill that will help them earn an income which will help fund their school tuition and living expenses. 

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 the women who simply need an opportunity to thrive. Purchasing from 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 women living in poverty to work and provide for themselves and their families. It is a means of survival and an opportunity for a better life.