Many have asked me why the name Yem (pronounced ee-yam). The answer is simple. It was inspired by the traditional undergarment Vietnamese women wore centuries ago. Throughout the years, because of its simple style and practicality, it has managed to stay popular in Vietnamese ladies' style repertoire. Today, it is a staple in my closet, not as an undergarment but as a piece I am proud to wear everywhere (paired with a shawl in certain conservative functions).