David Chum is the son of Cambodian refugees who escaped the persecution and killing of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. They immigrated to the United States when he was an infant. He is a professionally trained artist and self-taught designer based in New England. He holds a B.F.A. from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and his artwork has been shown in commercial, alternative, and on-line galleries locally and internationally, and is included in collections across the country.
At an extremely early age, David showed a talent for drawing, sketching Disney-inspired ballgowns. He took one sewing class at the age of 12 and learned to sew a pillow. He got his first taste of clothing design in the theater department as a teenager. David has also incorporated hand-made costumes into many of his fine art pieces.
In 2008, he decided to pursue his own clothing line. He purchased some pattern drafting textbooks and got to work. In 2009 David launched his line, Selahdor. His architectural silhouettes and focus on sleek, modern tailoring garnered the label press and buyer attention from its very first collection.
In 2011, Selahdor was selected as the first recipient of the Emerging Designer Fund, a Boston-based organization which provides funding and professional services to superlative fashion talent in the New England area. That same year, David appeared on season 9 of Lifetime’s hit reality show, Project Runway, as one of 20 finalists.