NARY MANIVONG was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. The self-taught Laotian-American designer experienced a tumultuous childhood that ultimately left him homeless by his teenage years. His interest in fashion was sparked after finding a copy of Vogue Magazine, and a trip to New York City at the age of 17 sealed his passion for design.

After relocating from Ohio to New York City, Manivong debuted his eponymous ready-to-wear label in 2005 and quickly found himself on Women’s Wear Daily’s list of designers to watch. Soon thereafter, Fashion Group International nominated him for Rising Star Women’s Wear Ready-to-Wear Award in 2009, 2010, and 2013. In 2010, Nary partnered with Alexandra Hilfiger to launch NAHM: the name fashion house name came from a combination of their initials meaning 'water' in Laotian. With their combined perspectives of  design aesthetics, the  collection was centered on the unique interpretations of the classics shirtdress.

MANIVONG redirected his focus to his namesake brand NARY MANIVONG.

MANIVONG is also the subject of David Swajeski’s critically acclaimed documentary DRESSED, which chronicles the up and coming fashion designer's journey from the streets of Ohio to New York Fashion Week.