Italian Sophistication for Our American Titans

I love their looks!

I love their looks!

From classic Hollywood movies to the latest looks and magazines, Italian inspired fashion for men continues to be the ultimate preferred style.  The cuts, the colors, the textures, and the tailoring are impeccable, which is why tu-anh Boutique is excited about bringing Italian style and refinement to our American titans!

I was in Florence, Italy back in June for a buying trip with one of my style goddesses at the world’s biggest menswear fashion trade show, and that was an unexpected WOW experience!  Right after that, we headed over to Rome for some work and play. This time around in Rome, I did not want to leave. I discovered even more unique and amazing things as well as made new friends.  My favorite part was staying at the chic La Maison D’Art Suites, a family-owned boutique hotel in the heart of Rome. The location was perfect, the hotel was very clean and the service was exceptional!

The trip was a great balance of work, play, and new discoveries. Everywhere we went, there were no ill-dressed or unpolished titans.  Even the taxi drivers and the train attendants were polished, and I am not exaggerating.  Some of the local titans we met shared that they were taught by their fathers growing up that you do not leave your house unpolished. Since then, it has been their natural way of being. I love hearing that and I am determined to bring back the classic American Titan Style with a touch of Italian sophistication.

That is why we have partnered with J.Hilburn to offer made-to-measure Italian-style luxury suits and ready to wear to our male clientele.  The value-added part is that they no longer have to pay for my time to take them shopping.  Instead, the titans can just book an appointment to get fitted and styled by us goddesses at the sanctuary so they don’t have to deal with the stress of shopping malls and other crazy retailers.  Plus, our goddesses are beautiful and our place smells so heavenly, what titan would not want to be there? Below are some photos I shot from my Italian buying and sourcing trip. Not so bad for an iphone :) Enjoy!

P.S. If you happen to be around in the Old Town Alexandria area this Sunday, we have a 007 titan and goddess cocktail social from 4-8pm. Just stop in and join the fun.


Look at their shoes!


They pull off color so well!


The pants are a bit too short for my taste, but sharp though.


Even their walking shoes look good, unlike the big bulky ones that our American titans wear.

Everything about this titan is perfect!

They pull off these walking shoes so well with their suits!

I love men in linen suits!

Although this is nice, I would not want to see my titan in it.

Double-breasted is making a come back, but better if the titan is slim.

They really know how to pick their shoes!


Look how they match. Accessories are perfect head to toe!


Our polished titans infront of our sanctuary showing off their exotic toys.

A Style Goddess Is Born


Honest, caring, loyal, stylish, kind, patient, creative, introspective, cultured, and most importantly, feminine, sensual, and loves being of service to others. She is beautiful inside and out. She is the perfect embodiment of a tu-anh goddess.

Introducing…Julianne Marie, Style Goddess and Sanctuary Caretaker for tu-anh boutique.  She is talented and multi-faceted.  Below, you can see the many sides to Julianne and the different roles she has to play in her job almost daily.  And did I mention that she is a Cancer and born on the 11th day? And she is also a former design student of mine years ago?

It’s no surprise that she believes in my mission and vision, and she understands my high expectations as well as my need for perfection and growth.  Goddess Julianne is at the sanctuary Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11AM to 7PM.  You should come by and let her style you and share some light and calm energy to soothe your soul.  We are very blessed to have her on our team.


Spiritual and curious.


Putting the polishing touch on one of our titans.


Makes a difference when you love your job.


She can really brighten others’ lives with her sense of style.


Getting our titan measured for his best fitting suit.


Intelligent in conversation.


She is also a great model.


Sweet and innocent in our silk/rayon dress from Greece.


Fun and Flirty.


Nini loves taking photos with Julianne!


Smoothie break wearing a tu-anh original hand-painted silk kimono.

How Much Do You Love Reading?


If you ask my family and close friends, they will probably tell you that I treasure my books and music very much and those are really two things that I do not like to lend out. It is a shame that there are not many music and books stores around anymore and that everyone is doing their shopping online now. But I will always be that person with a large library of books and music.  There is something so therapeutic about holding a book and flipping the pages rather than reading it from a piece of technology. Perhaps it’s just me making up for lost opportunities and feeling deprived of learning from childhood. If you are familiar with my personal story, it will come as no surprise that I did not step into formal education until near the end of 5th grade when I came to the States after leaving Singapore Refugee camp in 1981. That is why, tu-anh Boutique, my goddess sanctuary isn’t just for fashion and beauty, but it is also for your mind, body, and soul. That means the books and music  we carry are each carefully curated: Every book and music in the boutique is aligned with our vision of life and reflect the love I have for learning and growing. Below is just a little sampling of the books we carry. There’s a whole lot more. You should come visit and check them out for yourself.