Born in Vietnam, Danh Tran grew up working in his family's small tailor shop. By the age of ten, he was designing and sewing his own clothes - and dreaming of coming to America to become a fashion designer. Danh is proof that dreams really do come true. In 1994, his family immigrated to California. He took fashion classes at a local college and landed a job at Mattel - designing clothes for Barbie. When he had saved enough money, he enrolled in his dream school, Otis College of Art and Design. After graduating he was recruited by 7 for All Mankind, then House of Howe (Union Bay), and later Affliction Clothing, where he was Head Designer for 10 years.
Danh always hated wearing dress shirts. "They're stiff, they're scratchy, and you can't move in them!" So, he set out to make a dress shirt that felt like his favorite t-shirt. Using a special blend of 100% long fiber cotton and a unique manufacturing process, he developed a profoundly soft fabric he named "Buttercloth." It has incredible breathability, 6-way stretch and an exclusive double finished construction that Danh says, "makes you look like a Friday night, but feel like a Sunday morning."
Danh quit his job, sold his house, and cashed in his 401K to start the company. He was "all in." One of his first customers was former Los Angeles Lakers star, Metta World Peace, who was so impressed that he invested in the company and serves as the brand's ambassador to the sports and celebrity world.
"Any time we reach out to Robert, with new lines or collections, he goes into promotion and sales mode and does so much for us! Working with Robert is the best decision we've ever made. He's helped us in so many ways"
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Buttercloth's explosive growth online also caught the attention of ABC's Shark Tank, and Danh was invited to the show. In October 2018, viewers watched Danh make a $250,000 deal with investor Robert Herjavec who is helping to grow the Buttercloth™ brand worldwide.
The Buttercloth story doesn't end with comfort. Customers love the fit, and they appreciate the signature details found in every Buttercloth™ garment - often prompting the question, "Where did you get that shirt?" You could say, "it's a boy's dream come true."